Joint, Bone, Muscle & Tendon Health
by Vic Shayne, PhD
We take it all for granted — our musculoskeletal system — until something goes wrong, whether it’s a minor sprain or something more serious such as broken bones or arthritis. Then we realize how difficult life becomes trying to do even the simplest things. Dealing with problems of the joints, tendons, muscles, cartilage and supportive structures has to do with prevention as well as feeding the musculoskeletal system with supportive nutrients. (See ProMin Complex). Diet and nutrition has much to do with the health of these important structures.
Musculoskeletal problems include:
• Joint pain and problems
• Chronic back aches
• Neck aches
• Restless sleep
• Sports injuries (tennis elbow, knee injury)
• Problems from auto accidents
• Hyperextended joints
• Vitamin D deficiency related problems
• Joint stiffness
• Damage to the ligaments and tendons
• Sprains and broken bones
• Hip fractures
Adjunctive Nutritional Schedule
ProMin Complex: 8 tablets per day
InflaPlex: 6 capsules per day
CalMag Balance: 6 tablets per day
GreenNutrients (with arthritis) or SuperGreens: 6 tablets per day
FlaxSeed Oil: 1t per day
For additional support with vitamins A and D food add
CodLiver Oil: 3 capsules a day
The key to strong bones, joints and cartilage is to eat the right kinds of foods, including foods with phosphorus (See ProMin Complex) not just calcium. And, good oils and fats help lubricate joints. Vitamin A and D foods also encourage strong bones, as does weight-bearing exercise. (See CodLiver Oil) Also, the musculoskeletal system (especially bones) needs a good supply of vitamin K as well. (See GreenNutrients)
Arthritis and Gout
Arthritis and Gout are problems that may be helped by making the body more alkaline and may respond well to an Alkaline Diet. As part of this program, alkaline ash minerals help reduce acidity in the body. (See GreenNutrients) Some of the most acid-causing substances include beef, sugars, alcohol, all refined foods, most drugs and all artificial ingredients.
Chondroitin, MSM, Glucosamine Sulfate
These three substances, chondroitin, MSM and glucosamine sulfate, are made naturally by nutrient-dense foods and their actions within the body due to sulfur-bearing amino acids. Foods to eat include cartilage, and green vegetables as well as sulfur containing vegetables. All of these are contained within ProMin Complex.
Glucosamine is made in the body from glucose (a sugar) and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is used as the starting material for tendons and ligaments, mucous membranes in the digestive and respiratory tracts, nails, skin, bone, eyes, heart valves, and synovial fluid in the joints. In its sulfated form, glucosamine provides cartilage with its structure, strength, and “shock absorbing” properties. (See ProMin Complex)
Glucosamine sulfate is produced in the body through several enzymatically controlled reactions. Food sources containing high concentrations of glutamine include raw parsley and spinach. Glucosamine is found in the largest amounts in cartilage tissue. Cartilage-containing products are available and include those harvested from shark and bovine sources. Contained in ProMin Complex are cartilage (bovine trachea), sulfur bearing amino acids. GreenNutrients contain raw parsley and spinach as well as other alkaline producing minerals. Glucosamine sulfate does not appear in significant amounts in most diets and is made in the body.
If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, you should know a little bit more about the important role of vitamin K. (See GreenNutrients and SuperGreens PhytoFood):
“Making sure a woman’s diet contains adequate amounts of vitamin K may help prevent bone loss (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003; 77: 512-6). This study supports previous research indicating that low dietary vitamin K intake is associated with an increased risk of hip fracture.
“In the study, vitamin K intake was assessed, using a food-frequency questionnaire, in 1,112 men and 1,479 women (average age, 59 years). Among the women, those consuming the least amount of vitamin K (25th percentile or lower) had significantly lower bone mineral density of the hip and spine, compared with women consuming the most vitamin K (75th percentile or higher). Among the men, there was no association between vitamin K intake and bone density.
“While vitamin K is best known for its role in blood clotting, this vitamin also plays a key role in bone formation. Vitamin K is required for the production of a structural protein in bone called osteocalcin, which serves as the matrix upon which mineral crystals form in the process of laying down new bone. Without adequate vitamin K, osteocalcin cannot be produced, and bone formation becomes impaired.
“Studies have shown that women with osteoporosis have significantly lower blood levels of vitamin K, compared with women of the same age who have normal bones. In addition, when women with osteoporosis take supplemental vitamin K, the urinary excretion of calcium falls by about 50%, suggesting that less calcium is being leached from the bones.” (Gaby, MD, Alan, HealthNotes Newswire, 3/27/03)
Sources of vitamin K include green foods as well as several whole food formulas, including SuperGreens PhytoFood: alfalfa, wheat grass, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, and some vegetable juices, as well as green, leafy vegetables.
Other helpful natural health care:
• Osteopathic adjustments
• Water aeorobics
• Weight bearing exercise for building stronger bones
• Traditional Chinese medicine (not just acupuncture alone)