Bone and Joint Healing
The structure of our body is made of Connective tissue. It is the primary protein of connective tissue is collagen which like other proteins is made within cells by forming chains of amino acids. Connective tissue is an important component of skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones as well as many other tissues. Collagen is formed by three chains that form a triple helix in a rope like fashion. Collagen fibrils are given increased strength by being bound together with sulfur bonds. In bone tissue the collagen matrix becomes mineralized with calcium crystals.
Connective tissues can become damaged due to age, injury, inflammation, surgery, autoimmune disease. With age the tissue repair mechanisms of our cells become slowed.
Synovial joints are surrounded by tissues that contain lubrication fluids. One of the primary lubricants is hyaluronic acid.
Nutritionally, there are several nutritional strategies to aid the repair and maintenance of bones and joints.
- Raw materials for healing such as: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Collagen, Sulfur, Collagen and hyaluronic acid.
- Glucosamine is an important component of cartilage. It is made in the body by combining the sugar glucose with the amino-acid glutamine. Cartilage is a strong rubbery lubricating material found in joints. Injuries can damage cartilage. It also tends to breakdown with age. Many natural repair processes including cartilage slow down with age and disease. Studies show oral glucosamine helps with many types of joint pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing of joints.
- Chondroitin is made in the body by polymerizing Glucosamine into larger chains. Oral Chondroitin has similar properties as glucosamine. But it appears the combination works the best.
- MSM – stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. It is naturally found in certain plants and is derived from DMSO. It functions as an anti-oxidant and as a source of sulfur which gives collagen its strength by bonding strands of collagen together. Collagen is the main structural protein of the body including bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and skin.
- Collagen – cannot be absorbed without being broken down first. Still it will provide all the amino acids needs for the body to manufacture new collagen.
- Nutrients to support healing metabolism involved in healing processes such as trace minerals and vitamins such as: Manganese, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, and Niacin, and SamE.
- Reduce inflammation such as Turmeric and Boswellia. See additional information on the Inflammation protocol post.
Below are a few specific supplements that can achieve these goals. Specific dosing, additional information and ordering information (and a discount on all orders) can be found at my FullScript Dispensory. Just create your account by clicking below. Then go to Recommendations – Protocols – Joint Health and Repair.
- ArthroSoothe: gives joints nutritional support for repair, lubrication, free movement, and healthy function. Contains vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutrients to support healing, lubrication, and reduce inflammation. This is a combination formula with nutrients in all three above categories.
- Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM capsules.
- Whole Body Collagen: Collagen Peptides powder. Mixes easily. Pleasant mild taste.
- Bioactive Collagen Complex: Bone & Joint Support: Contains collagen, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to support joint healing, lubrication.
- SamE – (S-adenosyl-L-methionine): It is naturally found in the body and seems to promote healing of cartilage and reduces inflammation. Studies show reduced pain and improved joint function. If you have bipolar disease or take antidepressants check with your doctor.