supplements to treat low back pain 2017-12-22T01:54:41+00:00

Vitamins and Supplements aids in treating back pain

Research shows that Vitamins and Supplements aids in treating back pain and knee pain in men and women by building strong bones, rebuilding cartilage and increasing flexibility

Well, after going through following paragraphs at least you will come to know which vitamins and supplements are responsible for rebuilding cartilage, strong bones and joints and relieve your lower back pain.

Before consuming these supplements, I personally done lot of research and after consuming couple of months i have seen substantially difference in my movement. But let me highlight here that with supplements i have also adopted low back pain stretches and exercises and changed my sedentary life style.

As stretches and exercises are useful to strengthen muscles, joints and bones and improve flexibility likewise vitamins and supplements will fill up the gap of nutrients that are required to make bones strong, improve strength of cartilage, increasing lubrication of joints and this is proved by various researches which will be referenced in following sub sections.

please note – Consult authorized physician or Doctor before taking these supplements.

1) Calcium Carbonate helps to strengthen bones

A Back pain related to either upper back pain or lower back pain is related to spine and the human spinal column is made up of 33 bones and Calcium is an important nutrient for building bone and slowing the pace of bone loss.

The deficiency of the calcium is one the major reason for weak bones and hence resulting in pain, fractures etc

Calcium is a mineral that the body needs for numerous functions, including building and maintaining bones and teeth, blood clotting, the transmission of nerve impulses, and the regulation of the heart’s rhythm. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in the human body is stored in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1 percent is found in the blood and other tissues.

The body gets the calcium it needs in two ways. One is by eating foods or supplements that contain calcium. Good sources include dairy products, which have the highest concentration per serving of highly absorbable calcium, and dark leafy greens or dried beans, which have varying amounts of absorbable calcium. Calcium supplements often contain vitamin D; taking calcium paired with vitamin D seems to be more beneficial for bone health than taking calcium alone.

How much calcium?

The recommended daily intake for calcium is 1,000 milligrams (mg) a day for adults up through age 50 and 1,200 mg a day for people ages 51 and older, when bone loss accelerates. With age, the intestines absorb less calcium from the diet, and the kidneys seem to be less efficient at conserving calcium. As a result, your body can steal calcium from bone for a variety of important metabolic functions. For Calcium supplements visit (provide amazon links both US and indian)

Ideally, you should get your calcium through dietary sources. Some research suggests that getting too much calcium from supplements may increase the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. Therefore it’s best to talk with your doctor if you think you need a calcium supplement.

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2) Vitamin D ensures calcium reaches to bones

In building stronger bones, in addition to calcium, vitamin D plays a major role. The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Without enough vitamin D, one can’t form enough of the hormone calcitriol (known as the “active vitamin D”). This in turn leads to insufficient calcium absorption from the diet. In this situation, the body must take calcium from its stores in the skeleton, which weakens existing bone and prevents the formation of strong, new bone.

If you have back pain, a vitamin D deficiency could be making your pain worse. A study published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that severe pain was associated with a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in people with lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition with lower back pain as a symptom. According to US National Library of Medicine Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density.

The recommended daily allowance, or RDA, of vitamin D is 15 micrograms for most people, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements

You can get vitamin D in three ways: through sun rays, from the diet, and from supplements.

The sun exposure can help your body manufacture its own vitamin D — about 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight during morning times thrice a week would help. The face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin D. People with fair skin that burns easily should protect themselves from skin cancer by limiting sun exposure to 10 minutes or less or consult physician.

If possible, a small amount Milk sold in the United States is fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D is also prevalent in fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, and vitamin supplements. Some brands of yogurt are fortified with it, as well as some juices.

Supplements : Experts recommend a daily intake of 600 IU (International Units) of vitamin D up to age 70. Men and women over age 70 should increase their uptake to 800 IU daily, which also can be obtained from supplements or vitamin D-rich foods such as egg yolks, saltwater fish, liver, and fortified milk. The Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 4,000 IU per day for adults. However, sometimes doctors prescribe higher doses for people who are deficient in vitamin D. For Vitamin D supplements visit (provide amazon links both US and indian)

One of the best way to intake vitamin D is to sit in sun during morning times but people having reaction to UV rays can avoid it and take vitamin supplements.

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D are two other critical strategies for keeping bones strong.

You can visit U.S Dept of Health and Human Services to understand how Vitamin D is important for strong formation of bones. 

 3) Calcitriol

Calcitriol is used to treat and prevent low levels of calcium and bone disease in patients whose kidneys or parathyroid glands (glands in the neck that release natural substances to control the amount of calcium in the blood) are not working normally. It is also used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism (a condition in which the body produces too much parathyroid hormone [PTH; a natural substance needed to control the amount of calcium in the blood]) and metabolic bone disease in people with kidney disease. 

For more information about  Calcitriol please visit medlineplus and National Health Services

4) Vitamin K2 as a Promoter of Bone and Cardiovascular Health

An adequate intake of vitamin K2 has been shown to lower the risk of vascular damage because it activates matrix GLA protein (MGP), which inhibits the deposits of calcium on the walls.

Vitamin K, particularly as vitamin K2, is nearly nonexistent in junk food, with little being consumed even in a healthy Western diet. Vitamin K deficiency results in inadequate activation of MGP, which greatly impairs the process of calcium removal and increases the risk of calcification of the blood vessels. source – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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Please note – Generally, in single tablet calcium, Vitamin D, K2 and Calcitriol will be available. So there is no need to take multiple tablets. It is available at 

5) Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and chondroitin are both compounds that occur naturally in the body — glucosamine in fluid around joints and chondroitin in cartilage surrounding joints, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Navid Farahmand, MD, an interventional pain management physician with the Brain and Spine Institute of California in Newport Beach, says that while there aren’t studies on the effectiveness of glucosamine chondroitin supplements for back pain sufferers, there have been studies that show a meaningful impact on chronic knee pain.

 

Many use it for other chronic pain conditions such as low back pain, he says, adding, “In my clinical experience it does help some but not all patients.” Your health care provider will look at your personal factors, including age and overall health, to determine the proper dosage for you. 

 

6) Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help with inflammation that can cause back pain- US National Institutes of Health. Supplements are available in liquid or capsule form.

Talk with your health care provider about your proper dosage because higher doses of omega-3’s can increase the risk for bleeding and may interfere with any blood-thinning medications you may be taking. You can also increase your intake of omega-3’s simply by eating more oily fish, such as salmon, sardines, and tuna, as well as dark leafy greens.

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Please note – Supplements and vitamins for back pain, alone , will probably not cure or prevent low back pain. But in combination with a high nutrient diet, exercise, adequate rest and change in sedentary life style can often will increase your chances of a cure for low back pain or at the least prevent more damage to spine and also offer enough improvement to assure a more active and happy life.