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Usually I leave sports injuries to a chiropractor or sports medicine practitioner, but I have found some nutritional supplements to be quite miraculous in healing torn ligaments and bruised muscle tissue. They are definitely worth using as a preventative in smaller doses if you exercise regularly and suffer from old injuries to your joints from sport.

Training and stress often deplete intra-cellular magnesium, which regulates the secretions of the hormone Cortisol from the adrenal glands. If you suffer disturbances in your magnesium levels, which is often the case when doing heavy exercise, then your Cortisol levels are also affected which can lead to some forms of depression and anxiety.


Magnesium is essential for those who have a build-up of lactic acid in muscle tissue from sport, resulting in cramping. It can be taken in an electrolyte drink, powder or tablet form.

Take at least 400-800 mg daily depending on the severity of the problem.

One teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of water on acute cramping. In most cases, the cramping will disappear instantly. If you are sweating a lot, you will lose sodium. Many men follow low-salt diets but it is essential to use sea salt daily on your food, preferably half a teaspoon each day.

Glucosamine sulfate is a natural substance (a major constituent of cartilage) that has worked wonders in regenerating ligaments and any form of connective tissue. It assists all the ball and socket joints. I prescribe this for any arthritic and rheumatic problem. Take a 500 mg tablet three times a day. This is the recommended dose to see results over a period of two to three months. Reduce the dose as the condition improves. Often these tablets contain a small amount of copper and manganese with vitamin C and zinc for absorption and added effectiveness.

Injuries often occur because protein is not replaced within half an hour of heavy exercise. I suggest you drink a protein powder after exercise. This can be mixed and taken to work or the gym and drunk after your workout. It will repair and replace essential mineral chelates. You may also wish to use an electrolyte drink if you are training heavily and working long hours. These minerals are essential if you sweat a lot and feel continually tired.

Anti-oxidant foods* (rich in vitamins A, C and E) or antioxidant herbs (or anti-oxidant tablets) are essential for those who exercise frequently and/or heavily. Take two tablets two to three times a day. They help prevent free radical damage to cell tissue.

Boswellia is wonderful for those who suffer from any

inflammation in joints and muscle tissue. This herb can be introduced as a supplement if you have joint problems in conjunction with irritable bowel or an acidic system. Take two tablets a day in the morning after breakfast. Always buy a tablet which provides you with a standardised extract (check the label).

Turmeric has been found to be useful if taken acutely: two tablets every hour, then three times a day as you improve.

This program is also very useful for those coming off antiinflammatory drugs because these supplements regenerate and rebuild. They are truly remarkable.


Men's health