Back Pain Treatment: Minerals, and Enzymes

The theory behind vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutritional supplements in the treatment of back pain is that these treatments may provide us with essential chemicals in the healing process. Though in general a person will get all the things they need in a balanced diet, the theory behind taking supplements is that our body may have trouble absorbing certain nutrients as we get older or when we have certain diseases. Taking supplements may provide the body with a boost in nutrition that may accelerate the healing process. Nutritional supplements may come from certain seafood, parts of sharks, sea plants, animal proteins, barks of trees, and plant sources. The following non-herbal nutritional supplements are among the most commonly promoted for back pain and joint pain relief.

Boron: Boron is a metalloid with an atomic number of 5. Boron is an element that is relatively rare in the universe, but relatively common on earth because of its chemical attraction to water. Boron is a trace mineral that helps our bodies fight inflammation and helps our bodies use magnesium and calcium. Some studies indicate Boron showing promise in treating arthritis, though no pharmaceutical drugs are currently on the market with Boron as its active ingredient to treat arthritis. Some studies have shown Boron supplementation to reduce symptoms associated with musculoskeletal problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporotic fractures.

Bromelain: Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme derived from pineapple. Bromelain has shown promise in treating a number of cancers, diseases, and muscle pain. Bromelain acts as a natural muscle relaxant, and may help patients suffering from muscle sprains and strains. Patients wishing to build strength in certain muscle groups may also use this enzyme, as it has shown success in stimulating muscle contractions. There is also evidence that Bromelain can reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. Pineapple is the most well known fruit used for extraction of this enzyme.

Calcium: You all remember the commercials on TV growing up, telling you to drink your calcium in order to grow up with strong bones. Indeed, calcium is an essential element and mineral for bone growth and a healthy bone density. Calcium is perhaps the most important mineral for strong bones. Calcium is involved in the development of new layers of bones that keep your bones strong and able to withstand heavy pressures and forces as you move your body and lift and carry objects. Calcium is also an important element involved in breaking down old bone in order to replace it with new healthy bone. Milk and dairy are two animal protein sources that are abundant in calcium. Other sources of calcium include soymilk, coral (Coral calcium), sardines, salmon, oranges, spinach, kale, broccoli, sesame seeds, almonds, corn tortillas, and blackstrap molasses.

Chondroitin Sulfate: Chondroitin Sulfate has shown some promise in not only treating some of the symptoms of arthritis, but may even be able to stimulate re-growth of cartilage that has become worn out or damaged. Chondroitin Sulfate is a compound that is derived from cattle trachea, and was used for decades in Europe in treating arthritis before it was first introduced to the US market. Some studies have shown the chemical to slow down or to stop joint degeneration. Many supplements that contain chondroitin also contain glucosamine.