I’ve been suffering from what I think is golfer’s elbow.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been suffering from what I think is golfer’s elbow. My elbow has been painful and tense for the past couple months. Nothing too serious, but more uncomfortable. Is there anything I can try to correct this problem?” — Joe P., Clearwater, FL
A. Dear Joe, I highly recommend that you discuss any supplementation with your healthcare practitioner as they may have additional insight.
Golfer’s elbow is a painful condition that involves muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the forearm. Through repetitive stress, the ligaments and tendons can become inflamed and lead to pain, tenderness, and decreased mobility.
To help control any pain, I recommend a combination of curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I recommend taking these ingredients one to three times per day.
To facilitate healing in the elbow, 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. I prefer an organic silica obtained from the above-ground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I recommend finding a horsetail extract that provides 40 mg of silica daily. I would take silica twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally