We are inundated with questions from aging athletes on how to minimize/prevent joint and soft tissue destruction.
Soft tissue injuries are devastating as they take a long time to heal and recovery is oftentimes never fully complete.
There is no easy answer. If you’ve been running for decades, you’re going to likely have to deal with agony at some point.
But if you’re an ex tennis or basketball player or maybe now just joe average weight lifter dude, we have a custom soft tissue supplement stack YOU MUST add to your daily nutritional arsenal.
Bone Up-6 capsules per day. (3 AM and 3PM preferably).
Bone up contains Micro Crystalline Hydroxy Apatite (MCHA) which is rich in native type I collagen—the predominant protein found in bone. Bone Up supports the proper deposition of calcium into your bone matrix, thereby maintaining soft tissue and skeletal integrity. This supplement is essential for anyone trying to remain osteoporosis free long into their adult life. Remember, calcium also plays a major role in body fat loss.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids-10-15 grams of Fish Oil getting AT LEAST 3-5 GRAMS of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
The merits of increased Omega 3 Fatty Acid consumption on fat loss have already been discussed here at great length. But did you know they also help with joint mobility? Omega-3 fatty acids are incorporated into cartilage cell (chondrocyte) membranes. In high doses they decrease the enzymes that degrade cartilage and inflammatory cytokines (IL-1alpha, TNF alpha, COX-2,) thereby affecting cartilage cell gene transcription. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease symptoms of morning stiffness, tender or swollen joints, and joint pain. They can also help increase blood flow during exercise. In other words, Omega-3s help other aspects of joint health.
Tumeric or Curcumin 500 mgs 3-5x a day with food.
Curcumin is one of nature’s super nutrients and a powerful ally in the protection against cancer and in assisting healthy aging. It is also a powerful nutrient in fighting arthritis. Moderate to high dosages are essential to protect and strengthen joints and soft tissues during bouts of heavy resistance training. Monica and I pound this stuff like it’s going out of style. Make sure your brand also contains Berberine with it.
Vitamin D3 at 10,000 iu’s per day
High dosage D3 may be key to your body absorbing calcium efficiently. Vitamin D3 is VERY important for bone, cartilage and muscle function. “Adequate levels of vitamin D correlate with greater bone mineral density, lower rates of osteoporotic fractures, and improved neuromuscular function.” For all of us aging weight lifters, higher dose D3 pays huge dividends with bone integrity and improved neurological functioning. If you want to age gracefully and be strong and functional, don’t skip your D3.
Penetrex rubbed into the injured area 3x per day.
We have already covered the merits of penetrex in great detail. If you are injured or have nagging soft tissue trauma’s, rubbing Penetrex into the affected area up to 3x daily will greatly reduce inflammation and speed healing. No athlete should travel without it. We always have 4-5 bottles laying around our home.
There are some who would also have us mention Glucosamine, SaMe, and Chondroitin. If you can find a supplement that combines all 3, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to add it to the above listed regimen.
But pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the recommended 5 supplement soft tissue stack will dramatically improve your aching joints and soft tissues. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts.
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