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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†
For further questions or concerns related to dietary and nutritional supplement recommendations email me at [email protected]
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
Strontium is a mineral that has been shown to reduce the rate of bone loss while improving the rate of bone formation, according to numerous studies.
Below each knee, there are two rubbery cartilage bands called the meniscus. They act like a cushion for your joints. With age or with injury, your meniscus and overall joint health can be impacted. Here’s my recommendation on what supplements can help support healthy joints and cartilage overall.
When you think of your bones, it is common to think of them as rigid, static and never changing. But, despite being a hard substance, your bones are very much alive, growing and changing throughout your life. This means, if our bones are nourished correctly, we may be able to keep them healthy for our entire lifetime. That’s why so many people look for health supplements to try and increase the density of their bones to ensure they are kept healthy for a longer amount of time.
The Breakdown of Our Bones As We Age
Our bones are constantly being broken down and built back up, so the body can remove old frail bone cells and replace them with new, strong ones. This is a normal process the body must perform in order to repair the micro-damage of everyday wear-and-tear. When you stub your toe or hit your elbow, your body needs a way to repair that tissue. In order to do that, osteoclasts make proteins and enzymes which dissolve the bone tissue, preventing old bone cells from accumulating. Without them, old, weak and worn out bone cells would not be removed and replaced with new, strong bone tissue. Osteoblasts help the body lay down new bone tissue.
Why is bone health so important? When we are children, new bone is added faster than old bone is removed. Women reach 85% of their bone mass by age 18. Men reach 85% of their bone mass by age 20. Peak bone mass is generally reached around age 30. After that, old bone is removed faster than new bone can be laid down.
Exercise for Healthy Bones
A new study performed out of Deakin University in Australia has found that individuals who run regularly have younger bone marrow than those who are sedentary. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, involved more than 100 participants between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Researchers found that participants who ran five and a half miles a week had bone marrow that was a year younger than they were, and people who ran 12.5 miles a week had marrow that was up to eight years younger than sedentary participants.
Researchers also wanted to understand whether or not exercise was associated with low levels of marrow adipose tissue (tissue that is present in higher rates in those with fragile bones). The research found that those who exercised more had lower levels of this tissue. Lead author, Daniel Belavy, explains, “Humans are born with predominately red blood cell producing bone marrow, however with age, this converts into a yellow, fatty marrow.” Though this is natural, that marrow is what makes bones more fragile, especially in the pelvis, legs and back.
According to the study, the runners were more likely to have younger bones than those who cycled or did another aerobic activity that did not involve the force on the bones that running does. In fact, those who cycled were found to have similar bone marrow to the people who did not exercise.
Belavy reports that people who ran the most had the youngest marrow, but also says that even people who jogged regularly would likely see the benefits of it in the form of younger bones.
Building Up The Strength of Bones
Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, former Director of Nutrition for InVite® Health recommends five nutrients and minerals that can help build up bones, giving your bones that optimal potential to regenerate.
“Magnesium is a nutrient with hundreds of essential roles in the body, including energy production, stress response, and nerve and muscle function. Magnesium influences calcium and other mineral metabolism in bone, reducing bone turnover and promoting new bone formation.”
“Vitamin D makes sure that calcium ends up in the bones, preventing it from being deposited in areas it does not belong, like the arteries, kidneys and gallbladder. This vital nutrient also regulates the production of Osteocalciun, one of the core bone building proteins.”
“Bones are made by laying down a base of collagen and other proteins, which are then filled in with mineral crystals. This action is driven by Vitamin K. Vitamin K assures that proper levels of minerals and nutrients fuse to the bones.”
“Calcium is the most important nutrient for the bones, and it is often one of the hardest minerals to absorb. Approximately 99% of the calcium in our body is found in the bones.”
“Strontium is a mineral that is more dense than calcium and shares a number of its bone functions. Most Strontium (about 90%) is found in the bone and gives it its strength, draws calcium to the bone and encourages minerals to be deposited in the bone.”