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Promote a Better Back with Nutritional Supplements

Aug 17, 2007
Many believe that nutritional supplements are a great way to improve back pain. Experts believe that by taking certain daily supplements you can help to relieve your back's underlying problems and the pain they cause.

Nutritional supplements will strength the cartilage as well as your bones. It will diminish inflammation and help to loosen the muscles. As long as you understand that these supplements will not work overnight, they are an answer to back pain that means investing in a long-term solution, and then there is not a reason not to try them. As long as you understand that nutritional supplements are for those who have chronic back pain not for those who suffer the occasional pain problem.

Supplements are divided into two groups. One type of supplement works hard to strengthen different areas in your back. Strengthening back muscles helps to eliminate pain by giving your back a better defense system. The other group is pain relievers. If you have chronic, constant back pain these supplements can be useful to reduce pain as well.

When taking any of these supplements be careful to read the instructions. Some are hard on the stomach and so need to be taken with food, others must be taken on an empty stomach and some cannot be mixed with others. Read the labels and take them exactly as directed if you want them to work for you. Even nutritional products can be detrimental to your health if used in the wrong way.

Most of the supplements take a few months of use before you will see any improvements at all. If you are going to use a calcium and magnesium mix, often sold in one pill, you should also use boron. While calcium and magnesium strengthen bones, boron will help your body to better absorb the other two. Vitamins C and D as well as glucosamine sulfate are for building stronger cartilage, strengthening the bones and helping the muscles. Another supplement to help with muscles strength is S-Adenosylmethionine

Pain-reducing supplements relieve pain in a variety of ways. Some of them diminish the inflammation, such as Bromelain, Devil's Claw, Turmeric, Flax Seed, Boswellia and White Willow Bark. Bromelain is often suggested for use in athletic injuries, following surgery or if the person suffers from any type of arthritis.

Some supplements achieve both purposes: reducing pain and strengthening the back. For example, Devil's Claw also has the ability to make the effects of medications prescribed by your health care provider work better. Cayenne has the ability to improve blood flow. This is very important as improved blood flow promotes healing. Cayenne is taken by mouth to improve circulation, but it can also be used as a cream to help with the pain of strained muscles. White Willow Bark is a good pain reliever with all the same effects of aspirin--but without the potential side effects. Niacinamide is used to help promote the healing of cartilage.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Back Pain.
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