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back and neck pain
Written by Melissa Bistricer, RDN
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Did you know that the spine has over 120 muscles, about 220 ligaments, and 100 joints. That is just the spine alone. Imagine if it is damaged or you’re in pain how many muscles, ligaments, and joints are affected too. We don’t want to continuously be in discomfort and pain. Let us go into some details about clinically-studied nutrients that have been shown to fend off discomfort throughout the body.†
What is Back and Neck Pain?
We can simply define pain as “physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury” but does everyone feel the same type of pain? No, because back and neck pain can vary from mild aches to persistent severe pain where it can be disabling. This can occur from overuse, strenuous activity, fractures, trauma, infection, obesity, osteoporosis, muscle tension, poor bone density, and joint problems.†
According to Hopkins Medicine, factors that contribute to back and neck pain can be aging, lack of exercise, medical conditions, smoking, physiological conditions, or obesity. Some symptoms to be aware of if you feel you are experiencing back and neck pain are leg numbness, persistent pain, sharp/shooting pain, loss of bladder and bowel control, and weakness in the legs.†
Nutritional Diet Recommendation
Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Will help to relieve some of the back and neck pain. The diet will help to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is bound to happen to most individuals, whether you know or not. Our immune systems create inflammation to help protect the body from infection, injury or diseases. We want to make sure we are not causing any harmful inflammation from consuming a diet rich in processed foods, sugary foods, or pre-packed items. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats are part of practicing an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce inflammation. The best foods to start to consume are tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, green leafy vegetables; spinach, kale, collards, fatty fish; salmon, tuna, mackerel, and fruits; strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges.†
Vitamins, Minerals, & Herbs
Nutrition is where it starts to improve and get rid of inflammation in the body. Given the proper recommendations for vitamins and minerals the body has the optimal potential to regenerate. These nutrients will help to play a critical role in helping reduce inflammation, discomfort, back, and neck pain.†
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, also commonly known as turmeric. The effects of curcumin are limited due to its low bioavailability. Research has suggested the use of bio-curcumin rather than curcumin due to the relatively higher bioavailability and absorption rates. In a clinical study published in the Indian Journal to study the bioavailability of curcuminoids, the bioavailability of BMC-95 was approximately 6.93 fold compared to just curcumin and about 6.3 fold compared to curcumin-lecithin-piperine formula.† 1
5-loxin is derived from Boswellia serrata extract enriched with “30% 3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA).” This has anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme.2 A double blind, randomized placebo-controlled study was completed to assess the efficacy and safety of 5-loxin for treatments of osteoarthritis of the knee. 2 At the end of the study, results showed significant improvements in discomfort in osteoarthritis patients. 5-loxin has been shown to help reduce discomfort, reduce inflammatory modulators, improve physical function and joint health.† 2
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body’s fluids in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic acid acts as a protective cushion to the joints and other tissues. It helps the body respond to injury or decrease swelling. When the body is lacking hyaluronic acid, this can cause joint pain and inflammation. Recent research suggests the benefits of hyaluronic acid therapy for osteoarthritis patients.† 3
Devil’s claw was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s, where the dried root was used to restore appetite, relieve heartburn, and reduce pain and inflammation. Evidence suggests that devils claw is beneficial to fend off back and neck discomfort. In a large research study of 197 men and women with chronic back pain, taking devils claw daily for a month had significant results with less discomfort and taking fewer painkillers than those of the placebo group.† 4
Strontium is a metal and the same group of periodic elements as calcium. It has been recognized that strontium in high concentrations may be displaced and replaced by calcium in the bones. 5 There is evidence that states a low dose of strontium can increase bone formation rate and trabecular bone density related to strontium-induced stimulation of osteoblastic activity.† 5
Back & Neck Pain Comfort Program
Bio-Curcumin 5-Loxin is highly absorbable that supports the body’s inflammatory response and helps with discomfort in the joint, back and neck†
Hyaluronic Acid with Devils Claw supports joint lubrication and overall connective tissue needs†
Strontium is a mineral that offers support for bone and back health, as 99% of strontium’s supply is stored in the bones†
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1) Antony B, Merina B, Iyer VS, Judy N, Lennertz K, Joyal S. A Pilot Cross-Over Study to Evaluate Human Oral Bioavailability of BCM-95CG (Biocurcumax), A Novel Bioenhanced Preparation of Curcumin. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008;70(4):445-449. doi:10.4103/0250-474X.44591
2) Sengupta, Krishanu & Alluri, Kr & Satish, Andey & Mishra, Simanchala & Golakoti, Trimurtulu & Sarma, Kadainti & Dey, Dipak & Raychaudhuri, Siba. (2008). A double blind, randomized, placebo controlled study of the efficacy and safety of 5-Loxin (R) for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis research & therapy. 10. 10.1186/ar2461.
3) Bowman S, Awad ME, Hamrick MW, Hunter M, Fulzele S. Recent advances in hyaluronic acid based therapy for osteoarthritis. Clin Transl Med. 2018;7(1):6. Published 2018 Feb 16. doi:10.1186/s40169-017-0180-3
4) Devil’s Claw. Mount Sinai Health System. https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/devils-claw. Accessed March 18, 2022.
5) Genuis SJ, Bouchard TP. Combination of Micronutrients for Bone (COMB) Study: bone density after micronutrient intervention. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:354151. doi:10.1155/2012/354151
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
I am often asked about the difference between osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Today, I want to break that down for you so you have a better understanding. At the end of the day, we know that inflammation is associated with both of those, so I want to really differentiate between what is OA and what is RA.†
Inflammation, autoimmune conditions and arthritis
When it comes to osteoarthritis, we know that this is the most common form of arthritis. This generally affects your more weight-bearing joints, as well as the hands. But this is where the confusion lies in the overlapping of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.†
For many years, people thought that rheumatoid arthritis was just an autoimmune condition. We know that this is our immune system attacking the joint spaces. But we now recognize that osteoarthritis also has this autoimmune component to it. We have to think about inflammation in general and in this case, our immune system can be driving that.†
Supporting the health of the joints
When we think about the joints, we have to think about what can exacerbate our issues there. Different activities throughout our lives can create more wear and tear. This can impact both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. We also have to look at diet. If we’re eating a pro-inflammatory diet, then that’s not going to be helping our joints in any way. That can exacerbate the inflammatory processes. Age and weight also play a factor in arthritis.†
We know that for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the main focus needs to be targeting inflammation and maintaining stability within the immune system. This is why different nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, that help to target inflammation are so important.†
Vitamin D can also play a role. Research has shown that if someone is insufficient or deficient in this vitamin, this is a problem and impacts pain. Vitamin D also plays a really important role in our immune system, so for anyone who has RA, having your serum Vitamin D levels is essential.†
We want to be able to target pro-inflammatory cytokines and help downregulate this. We can look at things such as curcumin extract, boswellia extract and green tea extract. These have all been shown to be highly effective in targeting both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. She discusses factors that can worsen these issues within the body and also lists several nutrients that can help fend off the inflammation.†
- The history of OA and RA
- How other health conditions can contribute to inflammation in the joints
- The anatomy of our joints
- The symptoms that go along with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
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