Over time, your body produces fewer proteins, and minerals begin to leach out of your bones. As a result, bones become less resilient and robust, leading to more fractures and injuries.
Supplementing your diet with critical vitamins and minerals to support your bones and joints can offer long-term benefits for your mobility and overall health. Several essential vitamins and minerals directly impact your musculoskeletal system, and adding them to your diet can prevent conditions like osteoporosis.
Calcium is among the most critical minerals for maintaining bone health. Calcium reduces bone loss and can decrease the risk of fracturing your vertebrae in a fall. Calcium is prevalent in milk and dairy products and green leafy vegetables. Additionally, many cereals and juices are calcium-fortified.
Vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium effectively, making it essential for the health of your bones and muscles. The best way to add vitamin D to your body is through exposure to sunlight. However, you can also boost your vitamin D by consuming fish, fortified milk, and supplements.
Vitamin C is critical for bone healing and development. It also helps the body produce collagen, a protein fundamental to bone mineralization. You can consume vitamin C through fruits and vegetables like oranges, berries, tomatoes, and broccoli. It’s also well-absorbed through supplements.
The essential mineral magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function and supports the body’s production of protein, bone cells, and DNA. Higher intakes of magnesium are associated with higher bone density, reducing the occurrence of osteoporosis.
You can add more magnesium to your diet by consuming nuts, beans, leafy vegetables, whole grains, and fortified foods or supplements.
Prioritizing consuming and supplementing with critical nutrients to support the health of your bones and joints can keep you functioning at your best for years to come.
For people living with essential tremor, the condition’s rhythmic and involuntary shaking which occurs upon movement can be frustrating. While it primarily affects the hands, the voice, head, and arms may also be impacted. Treatment options for the condition are limited, with beta blockers, Botox injections, and anti-seizure medications among the few methods available to help. More frustratingly, a mere 60% or less of patients found medication helpful. The potential ineffectiveness and side effects of these drugs often make them an unpopular option among people with essential tremor.
Recently, however, researchers have discovered an alternative treatment option which could help. A study published by the British Medical Journal showcases the results of two individuals with essential tremor who received high-dose vitamin B1 injections over the course of three years. The patients were treated with two extremely high doses of the vitamin (100 times the daily recommended dose) twice per week.
Results were astonishing, with patients experiencing noticeable improvement after three months of the vitamin injections. Tremors improved significantly, which could suggest a highly effective, and affordable solution may soon be available to patients.
Doctors advise patients to proceed with caution when taking vitamins, however. It’s particularly important to receive physician oversight when pursuing mega-doses such as these, as there is always a risk for adverse health effects including interactions with other medications. With that said, B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning any that aren’t used by the body is excreted with urine. Fat-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, could cause toxicity if taken in excess. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, these are retained in the body’s fat stores and could, therefore, lead to serious health complications if taken in high doses.
Because of the study’s limited scope, more research will likely need to be conducted before physicians can begin administering vitamin treatments for patients with essential tremor. Nonetheless, the results we’ve seen appear to hold promise, especially considering the shortcomings of existing treatment methods.
Stem cell therapy has shown potential benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease in helping manage tremors. Contact a Care Coordinator for more information on how regenerative medicine could be an option for helping manage your condition.
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