What Are The Best Supplements To Take For A Healthy Spine?

Healthy SpineThere are many supplements that help your spine, but I’ve chose a few that I believe to be the best for you.  I’ve covered natural supplements for back pain relief in another article. This one will discuss supplements you can take for a healthy spine, and the joints within your spine. This way, you’ll be able to prevent the back pain before it happens. Some of these suggestions might be obvious to you, but I think the sources of the supplements might surprise you!

Supplements For Good Bone Health

Calcium and Magnesium are very important to bone health, and a healthy spine. The issue arises when our bodies don’t get them at a  2:1 ratio. This can happen if there is an absorption issue, more common as we age, and with some digestive disorders. Problems arise when sub-standard supplements are taken. When different labs make different components of a formula, the ratios may be there, but the type of vitamin or supplement may not be compatible with the other(s). Whole Food sources are the best when supporting a healthy body, whether it be bones or any organs, tissues, or others. According to the Nutritional Almanac, Calcium and Magnesium are naturally found in 171 fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Most medical grade bone-health supplements contain the following components. I’ll name the ingredient, and the whole food source it is naturally found in with the most absorbable form.

Boron,  Broccoli

Silicon, Green Peppers

Phosphorous, Rice Bran

Magnesium, Alfalfa

Vitamin K, Kale

Vitamin D, Alfalfa

Calcium, Almonds. Almonds deserve their own topic here. Almonds have more calcium than any other nut. They also have fiber, folic acid, Magnesium, Potassium, and lots of protein. Nuts are difficult to digest, so soaking almonds in filtered water over night, then drained, is a more digestible way to eat them.

Supplements For Good Joint Health

Chondroitin and Glucosamine Sulfate are important supplements for joint health. They support cartilage, which is the cushion between the bones in a joint. By supporting the cartilage in the joints of your spine, you are supporting a healthy spine. Chondroitin can come from natural sources, such as shark or bovine cartilage, or it can be made in a lab.

Glucosamine, also called chitosamine, is a natural substance that is found in the covering of shellfish Glucosamine has different forms, and can also be made in a lab. Glucosamine helps make up proteoglycans, which weave through your collagen to help lubricate it. The chondroitin attracts fluids to the proteoglycans. Together, these two substances protect collagen and may help reduce joint pain, or even prevent it.

Collagen is also important in joint health, and a healthy spine. In postmenopausal women, the healthy composition of the lumbar spine is directly related to type II collagen content. Collagen is a protein, and must be protected in the body. Vitamin c does this, and must be taken, or preferably eaten on a daily basis. Kiwi fruit actually have more Vitamin C than oranges do!

For information on how to have a healthy spine, please call my office for a complementary 15 minute consultation.

Accurate Care Pain Relief Center

Leisa-Marie Grgula, D.C.

20235 N Cave Creek Rd. #110

Phoenix, AZ 85024