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Sprains and Strains Stack

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Beat the aches and pains of sprains and strains. Basically, a sprain refer to a tear or stretch in a ligament while a strain refer to a tear or stretch in a muscle. The most common location for sprains occur at the ankle while strains most often occur in the lower back and in the hamstrings. Although signs and symptoms may vary according to severity, sprains manifect with pain, swelling, bruising, limited motion of the affected joint, and you may hear or feel a "pop" in your joint at the time of injury. Strains however, manifest with pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and limited ability to move the affected muscle. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

35 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)1 Zinc
Insulin Sensitivity1 Zinc, Vitamin C
Leptin1 Zinc
Cortisol1 Vitamin C
Blood Flow1 Vitamin C
Free Testosterone1 Zinc
Plasma Vitamin C1 Vitamin C
Sperm Quality1 Vitamin C
Cognition1 Zinc
Exercise-Induced Immune SuppressionNeutral Vitamin C
Fat MassNeutral Vitamin C
InflammationNeutral Vitamin C
Protection from SmokingNeutral Vitamin C
VO2 MaxNeutral Vitamin C
Aerobic ExerciseNeutral Vitamin C
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Trace minerals, such as silicon are known to be important in the biochemistry of tissue healing.
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Taking a multivitamin-mineral supplement can help insure against deficiencies that slow the healing process.
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Trace minerals, such as manganese, are known to be important in the biochemistry of tissue healing.
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Glucosamine sulfate may promote healing after injury by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture molecules found in skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
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DMSO has anti-inflammatory properties and may inhibit the transmission of pain messages by nerves. Supplementing with it may ease the pain of minor injuries.
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Trace minerals, such as copper, are known to be important in the biochemistry of tissue healing.
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Chondroitin sulfate may promote wound healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture molecules found in skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
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Take under medical supervision: 25 to 50 mg daily ( plus 1 to 3 mg of copper daily, to prevent depletion). Zinc helps with healing. Even a mild deficiency can interfere with optimal recovery from everyday tissue damage and more serious trauma.
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250 to 500 mg with meals and at bedtime. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, the glue that strengthens connective tissue. Vitamin C supplementation can speed healing of various types of trauma.
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Apply a 2% gel every two hours. Horse chestnut contains a compound called aescin that acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces edema (swelling with fluid) following injuries.
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Apply an ointment containing 35% herbal extract. Comfrey is widely used in traditional medicine as a topical application to help heal wounds.
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4 to 8 tablets a day of bromelain. Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, may be helpful in healing sprains and strains because it is anti-inflammatory and appears to promote tissue healing.

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Potential Interactions
Intake of large amounts of vitamin C can deplete the body of copper—an essential nutrient. People should be sure to maintain adequate copper intake at higher intakes of vitamin C. Copper is found in many multivitamin-mineral supplements.
  • Sandstead HH. Copper bioavailability and requirements. Am J Clin Nutr 1982;35:809-14 [review].
  • Finley EB, Cerklewski FL. Influence of ascorbic acid supplementation on copper status in young adult men. Am J Clin Nutr 1983;37:553-6.
Zinc competes for absorption with copper  and inhibits copper absorption. Copper deficiency can result in anemia, lower levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, neurological disorders, and cardiac arrhythmias. Copper intake should be increased if zinc supplementation continues for more than a few days (except for people with Wilson’s disease). Some sources recommend a 10:1 ratio of zinc to copper. Evidence suggests that no more that 2 mg of copper per day is needed to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Many zinc supplements include copper in the formulation to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Zinc-induced copper deficiency has been reported to cause reversible anemia and suppression of bone marrow. In addition, there are case reports of neurologic abnormalities due to copper deficiency occurring in people who had been using large amounts of certain widely available denture creams that contained high concentrations of zinc.
  • Dawson EB, Albers J, McGanity WJ. Serum zinc changes due to iron supplementation in teen-age pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;50:848-52.
  • Broun ER. Greist A, Tricot G, Hoffman R. Excessive zinc ingestion. A reversible cause of sideroblastic anemia and bone marrow depression. JAMA 1990;264:1441-3.
  • Reiser S, Powell A, Yang CY, Canary JJ. Effect of copper intake on blood cholesterol and its lipoprotein distribution in men. Nutr Rep Int 1987;36:641-9.
  • Sandstead HH. Requirements and toxicity of essential trace elements, illustrated by zinc and copper. Am J Clin Nutr 1995;61(suppl):621S-24S [review].
  • Fischer PWF, Giroux A, Labbe MR. Effect of zinc supplementation on copper status in adult man. Am J Clin Nutr 1984;40:743-6.
  • Nations SP, Boyer PJ, Love LA, et al. Denture cream. An unusual source of excess zinc, leading to hypocupremia and neurologic disease. Neurology 2008;71:639-43.

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