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food and supplements for muscle tissue and tendons

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss
What do you guys take and eat to help speed the rate of muscle tissue and tendon damage?

right now im taking
isolate protien with glutamine
vitamin c

i make sure i get my recomended servings of fruit and veggies


  • Hiya welcome to Spine Health >:D< Just eat the recommened daily amounts :) . If you like to eat between meals do what i do 8} , peal some fresh fruit chop into segmants :? , put them in a bowl , then you can pick at them when you want to :) . I also chop carrots and also snack on them too :) . You will soon get more than your daily amount of fruit and veggies required >:D< .

    Angie :H
  • thank you paulgla and backpainisshell much appreciated
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  • I'm three weeks post-op from my C5C6 ACDF and have been taking a multi-vitamin, glucosamine/MSM with collagen, Fish Oil based omega-3, and Citrical with Bone Density Builder. The MSM and omega-3 are both good for connective tissues, and the other supplements provide a good amount of calcium, Vitamin D and other bone and tissue building nutrients. I've read that animal based protein (especially red meat) impedes your body's ability to absorb calcium.

    I was on the Nutrisystem diet before surgery and decided to stay on it post op (once I could eat solid food again). It included a well balanced diet of nutrisystem meals, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy so I feel really good that I'm getting proper nutrition. Also, the nutrisystem meals are high in soy-based protein, so it helps me avoid that red meat thing. BTW, I lost 11 pounds before surgery and 2 pounds since!
  • rivertime thankyou

    how is your recovery going?
    do you find that the supplements are helping?

    i also did some studies today and i have found

    Unhydrolyzed Chicken Sternal Cartilage Type II
    homeopathic cell salts

    are suppose to help lots

    my question would be ------>>>

    - would it be overdoing it if one where to take multi mineral / vitamin, traumeel,
    isolate protien with glutamine,
    vitamin c,glucosamine/MSM with collagen, Fish Oil based omega-3, Unhydrolyzed Chicken Sternal Cartilage Type II
    homeopathic cell salts???

  • Recovery is going great. I didn't have to wear a collar post-op, so I actually have more ROM and much less pain than before surgery. I'm back at work part time and I've switch pain meds from hydrocodone 7.5 to just Tylenol 3 w/ Codeine 1-2X day because the hydro made me too fuzzy to work. I was actually taking most of those supplements before my surgery. I only added in the Citrical with Bone Density Builder post-op.

    I wouldn't be able to tell you if all the supplements you listed would be "too much". Our bodies are so complex and there's so much interaction between chemicals undergoing metabolism, that it's hard to predict the outcome of supplementation. For example, you can't absorb calcium without Vitamin D, and too much magnesium will interfere with calcium absorption (or too much calcium will result in a magnesium deficit). So we could potentially throw off our "balance of nutrients" if we over supplement the wrong things. I just think eating a good, balanced diet is most important. Trying to sift through all the info available on-line can drive you nuts. There's 1,000's of opinions and studies out there about what helps and what doesn't. I'm just trying to keep it simple and use common sense. The "simple" part seemed to work when I broke my wrist several years ago. I just ate a normal balanced diet and drank "bone healing" teas with calcium, vitamin D, etc. I had my cast off and was rowing rafts with a light wrist brace(I was a raft guide in Colorado)in 7 weeks. Maybe I just heal fast.

    I have my 1st post-op check and rads on December 11, so I guess I'll find out then if my current regimen has helped bone growth and healing.

    Good Luck
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  • Natecules....Well, I've got my first "scientific evidence" of my recovery and fusion. I am almost 8 weeks out from my single level ACDF and just had my first post-op appointment with my NS. The x-rays were pretty impressive. The initial post-op rads taken the day of sx showed the cadaver bone as very mottled, obviously separate bone. Today's rads showed that the density and texture of the cadaver bone is almost exactly the same as the vertebrae above and below. There is only the slightest white line visible between C5 and the graft and C6 and the graft. My NS called it a "textbook perfect" fusion. He said I may even be able to be skiing by the end of February or March (steep and deep powder, no bumps) and I will definitely be rowing on the rivers next summer. (Something I sorely missed last summer)

    He increased my weight lifting limit from 10 pounds to 50 pounds, but warned my neck and shoulders may hurt the first few times I do lift something that heavy. I don't know how much of this rapid healing is due to my supplementation, but it sure didn't seem to hurt anything. Just thought I'd let you know. How are you doing?
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