Nutrition for Muscles & Joints

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Nutrition for Muscle and Joint Health

 Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
                                                                 Oliver Wendell Holmes

A. For inflamed tendons and joints due to injury with the intent of long term repair and strengthening
 

Anti-inflammatory component — To be used as long as there is tenderness associated with inflammation.

a. Digestive enzymes (Pancreatin or Bromelain) — 3-4 extra strength tablets 3-4 times per day, away from meals.
b. Curcumin (active ingredient in the herb, Turmeric) — 250-500 mg taken three times per day.
c. Zinaxin (An extract of the herb, ginger that has a similar action as ibuprofen but without the toxic side effects.) — 1 capsule taken twice per day, away from meals.
d. Topical application of ice on an inflamed joint for 15 minutes every hour that is possible.

e. Topical application of 5-15% ibuprofen crème

Repair and strengthening component — To be used throughout the rehabilitation process until ideal strength is achieved. These can be used preventively also.

a. Multivitamin (high potency) — daily with meals.
b. Multimineral — daily with meals. A one to one ratio of calcium to magnesium seems ideal. At least 400 mg of magnesium for 150 pounds of body weight is a good general guide.
c. Vitamin C (mineral ascorbate form best with 5-10% bioflavonoid content) –   1-3 grams per day with meals.
d. Glutamine — 2-6 grams per day away from meals.

B. For pain, inflammation and repair of osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis

Anti-inflammatory component — To be used as long as there is tenderness associated with inflammation.

  1. Zinaxin (An extract of the herb, ginger that has a similar action as ibuprofen but without the toxic side effects.) — 1 capsule taken twice per day, away from meals.
  2. Cetyl Myristoleate — 120 mg three times per day, away from meals for 30 days. (Another course can be used subsequently for stronger effect. Some clinicians also recommend taking a fat digesting enzyme, lipase with it for better absorption. Some also recommend topical application of a Cetyl Myristoleate lotion at the same time for added effectiveness.)
  3. Topical application of 5-15% ibuprofen crème.

Repair and strengthening component — To be used throughout the rehabilitation process until ideal strength is achieved. These can be used preventively also.

  1. Glucosamine sulfate or Glucosamine HCl — 750 mg twice per day, away from meals.
  2. Vitamin C (mineral ascorbate form best with 5-10% bioflavonoid content) — 1-3 grams per day with meals.
  3. Multivitamin (high potency) — daily with meals.
  4. Multimineral — daily with meals. A one to one ratio of calcium to magnesium seems ideal. At least 400 mg of magnesium for 150 pounds of body weight is a good general guide.
            *Note: Avoid foods to which you may have an allergy or intolerance. Dairy, beef, wheat, soy, and sugar are often aggravating factors in the diet.
 For more detailed recommendations on these subjects refer to Nutritional Influences on Illness by Melvin Werbach, M.D. and Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas, M.D