Musculoskeletal Health Concerns: Bone, skin, muscle, joints, muscle soreness, fatigue, weakness, joint pain, osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, muscle cramps, sarcopenia.
The musculoskeletal system is a vast network of bones and muscles with 206 bones and more than 700 muscles extending from head to toe and they are all controlled by – the brain.
How awesome to be able to bend over or twist and jump, to play sports, to pick up a piece of paper, to lift a heavy weight, to turn our limbs and body in many different directions while playing tennis, to work with our hands and create something, and it goes on and on. It is all in coordination with the brain, a fascinating merging of two systems.
Along with all these muscles are dozens of joints and with them osteoarthritis, a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects over 3 million new cases for Americans each year. Arthritis has been diagnosed for more than 59,000,000 adults in the US.
When the cartilage, our natural “cushion” between bones, breaks down, bones rub together and wear down the surface of the bones causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Pain and lots of it, just look around at the many senior citizens hobbling around and the effort it takes them to move and function.
As we grow older, collagen levels are depleted from the body causing massive degradation of connective tissue, even affecting the skin, cartilage, and hair. Collagen peptides can help replenish the nutrients that have been depleted and boost the production and repair of the protective shield between bones, rebuilding the elasticity and surface of skin, and save some hair. The most important result is the reduction of pain and regaining some mobility again.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 450,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. It is important to take care of the numerous nutrients that allow the bones and muscles to function with a minimum of pain and discomfort. Getting the right combination of nutrients to work in synergy and in sufficient quantities can go a long way to recovering a quality of life and well-being for the elderly.
Important Nutrients – Omega-3, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, MSM, Glucosamine HCI, Boswellia, Chondroitin, astaxanthin, silicon, SAMe, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), amino acid complex, collagen, protein
Food Sources – salmon, tuna, flaxseed, papayas, onions, shallots, acai, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, walnuts, cantaloupe, broccoli, kale, basil, oregano, sweet peppers
Herb Sources – turmeric/curcumin, garlic, Siberian Ginseng,
Avoid: deep-fried foods, as well as tomatoes, potatoes, and corn (they cause inflammation).
Popular Supplements for Musculoskeletal System Health:
Joint Complex – Comprehensive multi-vitamin formulas to nourish bones and joints.
• KAL Bone Defense, Omega 3-6-9, Glucosamine, Chondroitin/MSM, 90 caps, 3/day
• Osteo Bi-flex, Triple Strength, Glucosamine, Chondroitin/MSM, 80 caps, 2/day
Collagen 1 & 3 – provides nutrients for supporting bones, skin, nails, hair, and connective tissue growth and repair. See Collagen Type 2 below for joints.
• Neo Cell, Super Collagen + C, 6,000mg Collagen, 60mg C, 120 tablets, 4-6/day
• Blue Bonnet, Collagen, Type I & III, 1,000mg, 90 Capsules, 1/day
Collagen Type 2 – provides the protein molecules primarily for building joint structure such as cartilage and tendons.
• NeoCell, MoveMatrix, 150 capsules (Includes a full spectrum of joint care nutrients.) 5/day
• NOW, UC-II Joint Health, 40mg UC-II, 60 capsules, 1/day
• Youtheory, Men’s Joint Complex, 600mg, 40mg UC-II, 60 tablets, 2/day
• Synergy, Standardized Collagen, UC-II, 40mg, 30 capsules, 1/day
Silicon – provides nutrients for supporting bones, skin, nails, hair, and connective tissue growth and repair. Collagen Types 1 & 3.
• Jarrow, JarroSil, 2 Fl. Oz, 10 drops/day, 120 daily doses
• Jarrow, JarroSil, Silicon 10mg, 60 capsules, 1/day
Hyaluronic Acid – provides hydration for skin, bone, eyes, and cartilage tissues.
• NeoCell, Hyaluronic Acid, Double Strength, 120mg, 30 capsules, 1/day
• NeoCell, Hyaluronic Acid, Double Strength, 120mg, 60 capsules, 1/day
Protein powder – amino acids needed for muscular growth.
• Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein, 2 lbs, 29 servings – multi flavors
• Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein, French Vanilla, 2 lbs, 29 servings
Boswellia – reduces inflammation in the joints.
• Vitacost, Boswellia Extract, 307mg, 120 tablets, 1 a day.
Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s). Excessive consumption can sometimes result in uncomfortable or harmful complications. Too much Omega-6 can cause inflammation (also corn, soybean oils, margarine, deep-fried, and processed foods).
If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.
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