Recovery and repair of tissues require a host of vitamins and minerals that participate in the synthesis of new cells and tissue. For example, certain vitamins and minerals are required to facilitate the formation of endogenous anti-inflammatory compounds, including:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
Many vitamins and minerals also serve as antioxidants and help protect cells against the oxidative damage produced by inflammation.
Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis and is a strong antioxidant.
Research on vitamin C shows that it may have important effects in reducing pain and inflammation secondary to exercise.
As well as being an antioxidant, vitamin E, has been demonstrated to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and muscle damage pain in arthritic patients.
Several studies have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and various disorders that have an inflammatory link. As well, studies have shown an association between vitamin D deficiency and inflammation in otherwise healthy people, and a decrease in inflammation with vitamin D supplementation.
Several of the B vitamins target inflammation and the pro-inflammatory cytokines including vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid.
Minerals are required for normal cell function and several serve as cofactors in the many enzymatic processes involved in the synthesis of connective tissue macromolecules. Calcium and phosphorus (in the form of phosphates), and vitamin D to regulate both, are important for joint and bone health.
Zinc deficiencies have a high impact on connective tissue synthesis. Zinc primarily acts as a cofactor in many enzyme systems that regulate cell proliferation and growth and in immune integrity.
Copper is essential for the conversion of collagen and elastin, and subsequently for joint function. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and may ease the pain in arthritic and damaged joints.
Joint support products should contain therapeutic amounts of all of the above vitamins and minerals as well as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM to help you to with musculoskeletal problems and to deal with muscle aches, pains, and injuries.
These ingredient support muscle, cartilage and joint function in many ways.