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I have a full-thickness tear, a partial tear, plus my bicep muscle is partially torn.

Q. Dear Terry, “In three weeks I will be having rotator cuff surgery. I have a full-thickness tear, a partial tear, plus my bicep muscle is partially torn. I know three weeks is not a long time to prepare, but could you please recommend supplements that may help me have the best outcome?” — Holly B., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Holly, I highly recommend you discuss any supplement usage with your doctor and/or orthopedic surgeon as they may have additional insight.

There are many factors that can lead to ligament and tendon damage, such as age, injury, overuse, prescription medications like statins, and certain antibiotics. The two main culprits of common problems with our tendons and ligaments are inflammation and injury.

We are constantly using (and sometimes abusing) our ligaments and tendons, but we need to keep them supplied with the proper nutrients for optimal function.

To help control pain before and after surgery, I recommend a combination of curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I recommend taking 2181 mg of this combination once or twice per day. 

To facilitate healing in the shoulder joint, I recommend a combination of ingredients specific to ligaments and tendons. It should include the human forms of vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate, P-5-P) and vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), along with magnesium, manganese, bromelain, zinc, vitamin C, niacinamide, and boswellia. One of the most crucial ingredients is manganese. You need at least 36 mg of manganese to have an impact, so make sure the dosing of this critical nutrient is sufficient. I recommend taking this combination twice per day.

For additional support, you may also want to include silica. Silica is also a very important mineral because it is necessary for collagen formation. Collagen is the main protein in the body and helps to strengthen bones and joints.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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