Supplements as Treatments for Back Pain

There are many reasons why people may turn to supplements to try to treat their back pain. Two good reasons are the failure of traditional medicine and medications and p the simple desire to not be on tons of medications. I know that in my job as a sleep technician, I have noticed that the more medications that a person is on, the sicker they almost always are. The people that come into the sleep lab are usually on the most medications. Am I suggesting that the pharmacy meds are the source of their problems? No, not really. But clearly from what I have seen, western medicine does not always have all the answers. For many people, health supplements may offer people health benefits that are more natural and have fewer side effects. Just make sure you do your research on some of these products. Most of these supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and thus have not been subjected to the types of quality control procedures as traditional medications.



That being said, there are some supplements on the market that have had reported benefits to millions of people. Some of the most well knows supplements include Glucosamine with Chondroitin, Bovine cartilage, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane), Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and tablets that are high in amino acids. Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are in turn the building blocks of who we are. Our bodies are mostly composed of water and proteins, including our own spines which hold our own body together. Many health journals say that a 150 pound person should get between 450 and 1050 grams of protein per day. Most people will get this amount of protein through a normal healthy diet. For people that want to increase the amount of protein they take in per day, there are some available supplements. Protein supplements that are available include EAS (www.eas.com) 100% Whey Protein Dietary Supplement, Optimum Nutrition 100 Whey Gold Standard from Optimum Nutrition, and Isopure Zero Carb Mango Peach from Nature's Best. Most of these types of protein supplements that are on the market are protein powders that can be added to water and taste really good. Some of these protein powders can be added to smoothie drinks. These smoothie drinks will include these protein powders, water, ice, and fresh fruit. With these types of smoothie drinks, you will get a lot of what you need for the day: water hydration, natural glucose and antioxidants from fruit, and body developing protein.

Vitamin B12 supplements are widely considered safe to take and often effective for treating many body conditions. This supplement is a natural vitamin that the body needs, but sometimes is sometimes delivered in insufficient amounts to people who have back pain. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is an import and molecule required for the formation of blood. Some foods that provide natural Vitamin include eggs, shellfish, dairy products, and animal protein. Vitamin B12 supplements in tablet form are produced by companies such as Puritan (puritan.com), Swanson Health Products (swansonvitamins.com), and NUTRILITE (nutrilitehealth.com).