My adult son just had rotator cuff surgery last week.
Q. Dear Terry, “My adult son just had rotator cuff surgery last week. He lives a really healthy lifestyle and would like to incorporate some natural ingredients into his recovery program. He is in some pain still and would prefer not to take what the doctor has prescribed. Do you know of anything he could try for pain and helping his shoulder to heal?” — Nat P., Minot, ND
A. Dear Nat, I highly recommend that your son discuss any supplement usage with his 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.
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 your son get comfortable as quickly as possible. I recommend taking these ingredients one to three times 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, your son 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.
Terry . . . Naturally