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Aug 09

Supplements for supple tissue

Is there such a thing as supplements or food items that help your tissue(s) become and remain more supple? I know there is a lot of hype out there and everybody wants to market their own and the newest snake oil on the market in hopes of making a small (or quite large in some cases) fortune.

Lately I have been trying anti-oxidant pills which are loaded with C, E, A and some other not so usual things. Grape skin and seed extract and NAC are some of the newer more controversial items found in my brand. I use Country Life’s Super 10 right now. They are reasonably priced in terms of these supplements, which can get pricey. But do they work? I can’t say. I really can’t say because I haven’t been using them long enough to tell a difference. It’s also not so easy to run an experiment on yourself because there are so many variables changing on a daily and hourly basis.

I have to confess that I do also take Bromelain supplements. I don’t take these daily, but when I am having ligament and muscle and tendon pain, these help tremendously. The don’t work as a pain killer, but rather a way to reduce the pain from inflammation induced by damaged tissues. I find that when I take these as soon as I start to feel the tug of an injury, I am able to continue training without backing off and I don’t get injured. I’ve been using Bromelain for about 6 years off and on as needed.