Nutrients for back pain
|Calcium||1,500-2,000 mg daily.||Needed for strong bones. To assure absorption, use a mixture of 3 different forms: calcium carbonate, calcium chelate, and calcium asporotate.|
|and magnesium||700-1,000 mg daily.||Works with calcium. Use magnesium chelate form.|
|and vitamin D||400 IU daily.||Aids absorption of calcium and magnesium.|
|DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)||Take daily every other week, as directed on label.||This natural amino acid helps to alleviate pain.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
|Multivitamin and mineral complex with vitamin A||15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.||To supply a balance of nutrients important in formation and metabolism of bone and connective tissue, and needed for healing.|
|and natural beta-carotene||15,000 IU daily.|
|As directed on label, 3 times daily.||Supplies silicon, which improves calcium uptake.|
|Vitamin B12||2,000 mcg daily.||Aids in calcium absorption and digestion. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.|
|or vitamin B12 injections||As prescribed by physician.||Requires visit to doctor.|
|Zinc||50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.||Required for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Promotes a healthy immune system.|
|plus copper||3 mg daily.||Works in balance with zinc and vitamin C to form elastin, and is needed for healthy nerves.|
|3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount.||Improves calcium uptake. Take boron only until healed, unless you are over age fifty.|
|Chondroitin sulfate (CS)||As directed on label.||Studies have shown these are important components of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue.|
|and bovine cartilage||As directed on label.|
|or shark cartilage||As directed on label.|
|and glucosamine sulfate||As directed on label.|
|Free form amino acid||As directed on label.||Essential in bone and tissue repair.|
|L-proline||500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.||Heals cartilage and strengthens muscles and tissues.|
|2-5 mg daily. Take separately from calcium.||Aids in healing cartilage and tissue in the neck and back. Use manganese gluconate form.|
|Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)||As directed on label.||Aids with inflammation.|
|S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)||As directed on label.||Methionine derivative. Eases arthritic pain.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants.
|Essential fatty acids from fish oils||As directed on label. Take with meals.||Needed for repair and flexibility of muscle.|
|Glucosalage SO4 (Extra Strength) from Olympian Labs||As directed on label||To supply glucosamine, an important component of many body tissues, including bones and connective tissue. Contains several nutrients listed in this table plus enzymes.|
|Flex Able Chewable Wafers from Amerifit||As directed on label.||A chewable glucosamine and chondroitin formula that provides joint health.|
|Multienzyme complex with bromelain and pancreatin||As directed on label. Take with meals.||To aid digestion and relieve muscle tension and inflammation.|
|Vitamin B complex||As directed on label 3 times daily.||Needed for repair and to relieve stress in the back muscles. Use a high-stress formula high in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B12.|
|Vitamin C with bioflavonoids||3,000-10.000 mg daily.||Essential for formation of collagen, which holds the tissues together. Needed for repair of tissues. Relieves tension in the back area.|
See also: “Cancer“
Herbs For Back Pain
❑ Arth-X from Trace Minerals Research is a formula containing herbs, sea minerals, calcium, and other nutrients for the bones and joints.
❑ Other herbs recommended for backache include alfalfa, burdock, oat straw, slippery elm, and white willow bark. They can be taken in capsule, extract, or tea form. White willow bark, containing salicylic acid, is particularly helpful. Also, arnica, a homeopathic remedy, may prove useful as well.