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February 8 2011

Engineering Health: Joint and ligament recovery

By Debra Meszaros

When it comes to sports, especially Motocross, it doesn?t take long for one to realize injury is part of the activity. Besides dealing with associated pain, no one wants to loose seat time. As we witnessed in 2010 in both Supercross and the outdoors, injury can really change things up quite a bit. Even a simple mistake in a turn can have serious implications. So what can be done to limit the probability of injury?

Building Flexibility

The practice of Yoga is an excellent way to increase your flexibility. It also aids in ligament strength and the body's ability in balancing. This can lessen injury and increase recovery if injured.

Your joints are only as strong as the ligaments supporting it.

Nutritionally, the basic components to building strong joints are: Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) since they are the building blocks for your body's enzyme production including the CoQ?s. Diet programs restricting fat intake can affect your joints as well as other areas. A rider's diet should include quality fats. Despite what you've probably heard, fat eaten is not why a body develops fat! The number one reason for body fat: excess sugar intake; even if it is quality sugar like fruits. Since most foods are depleted of quality fats, most choose the option of supplementing with an animal based Omega 3. Since there is usually enough Omega 6 & 9 in the diet, the focus is Omega 3.

Other supporting nutrients; manganese (helps strengthen wounded ligaments and/or tendons), Silica (supplies silicon needed for tissue repair and calcium absorption), and Vitamin C (an antioxidant needed for tissue growth and repair). These would need to be supplemented on a therapeutic level to receive the most benefit, not the levels normally found in a multi-vitamin formula.

The extreme importance of Enzymes

There are lots of enzymes manufactured by our body, utilized, and needed for your body's functions. Fact is you can not fine tune your body's performance if you lack digestive and metabolic enzymes.

In relation to joints, Bromelain is key. Bromelain obtained from Fresh pineapple (not canned or processed) is good for everyday maintenance but to aid the healing and recovery process, it is suggested in supplement form. It is relatively inexpensive and readily available in most stores. For maintenance purposes good enzyme rich foods are: bananas, mangos, sprouts, papayas, avocados and pineapples.

Supplementing with Metabolic enzymes is a recovery practice widely used by athletes around the world for decades. It aids the body in repressing inflammation, and reducing pain. Utilizing a professional grade Metabolic (proteolytic) enzyme formula like RPR, has shown in some research to help reduce scar tissue.

With Amino acids being building blocks, Bee pollen capsules; they contain all 22 amino acids, 5 to 7 times more protein than beef which can help rejuvenate & rebuild the body and increase physical capabilities. Aminos: L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine promote the healing of bones, skin and muscle tissue.

?2011 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved, no duplication without permission.