A Chiropractic Perspective On Joint Health
Joint health is often overlooked, but has a serious impact on how we move and feel throughout the day, especially for athletes. The strain of competitive sports puts the joints through a lot of wear and tear that can lead to inflammation and premature degeneration.
To combat inflammation, nutrition is an effective ally. However, no single food source contains all of the nutrients necessary to keep strained joints from becoming inflamed. The solution is to take supplements, but this brings another problem to the table: which supplements work as advertised and are backed by valid scientific research? What follows are some chiropractor approved supplements backed by tried and true research.
A multivitamin, that also contains appropriate levels of multi minerals, is a good foundation for any athletic nutritional program. The criteria for choosing one should include making sure it comes from a reputable company, is certified by GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), or the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration).
The best multivitamins contain vitamin E, carotenoids, zinc, magnesium, copper, the full spectrum of B vitamins, and microcrystalline calcium hydroxypatite (MCHC), which provides the calcium necessary to not only prevent bone loss, but to promote new bone growth as well.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been shown by a multitude of legitimate studies to help improve cardiovascular functioning overall. Besides this, taking two grams of EPA-DHA (specific fatty acids) daily has been shown to reduce pain in neck and lower back for 60 percent of patients in one study. The anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids are especially effective for joint pain caused by athletic performance.
Research has shown that swelling, pain, and inflammation can be reduced by proteolytic enzymes. Accelerated recovery from a sports injury has also been shown to be effectively induced by using these enzymes, especially if the supplement is taken within 72 hours of the injury occurring.
This essential vitamin allows the body to perform a host of necessary functions for living like proper absorption of calcium, bone development, control of cell growth, neuromuscular functioning, proper immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation. A study conducted in 2010 determined that a number of injuries in African-American athletes was the result of a deficiency in Vitamin D.
Glucosamine & Chonodroitin
These two supplements help maintain the cartilage structures in the joints that allow the limbs to articulate and move. Swelling and painful inflammation in the joints can be reduced, especially in the knees, with their use.