9577472_mlDescription: while most athletes would be indignant at any suggestion that their sport does them anything other than good, they should be aware of the wear and tear and the free radical damage that hard physical activity can do to the body. Free radicals are damaging oxidised particles created every time we breathe or metabolise food, a bit like sparks coming off a fire when it burns. The more exercise we do, the more energy is burned and the more free radicals are created. Free radicals can damage many tissues and are a cause of many of today's degenerative diseases. Normally we have antioxidants in the body which can mop up these free radicals, but with hard exercise these can be overwhelmed and the radicals stay for longer than is good for us, and can cause some of the pain and stiffness following exercise. Weight-bearing joints are often overworked and can wear out faster, especially when athletes restart exercising too early with the help of anti-inflammatory drugs. Occasionally, sudden death or cardiac arrest occurs in athletes. Iron loss from ‘foot strike’ is quite common in long distance athletes.

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Supplements which I would recommend an athlete considers taking - NB make sure they are pure and of pharmaceutical quality which is why I recommend the USANA products with their $1million guarantee:

USANA cellsentials *, Biomega fish oils, Coquinone (coenzyme q10), Active calcium and magnesium, procosa 2 (glucosamine/tumeric) and Proflavanol c (grapeseed extract and vitamin C).

Other therapies

There are a number of other therapies which you might like to look at.  They have not been specifically included with this disease because some are a form of treatment which is applicable to most diseases and many focus on the mind, body, spirit, and the universe. These include - acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, energy healing, homeopathy, naturopathy, prayer, visualisation and some people with this condition might like to look at these topics (I have described them more fully on another page on this website click here .) With my personal experience and reading, I do not think that I can comment of whether one or a number of these might help.    They fit well with most conventional and complementary treatments and I suspect some or even all of them can be extremely powerful - if performed by an experienced practitioner.    My only caveat is that if in the course of one of these therapies, you are given potions or herbs, do check with your health practitioner that they will not interfere with other treatments or drugs you are receiving.

Nutritional supplements

I believe in today's world that nutritional supplements are so necessary as to be an essential component of any form of both prevention and treatment. Not only is today's food lacking in nutrients because of the way it was grown and processed, but also most of us make the wrong choices in diet. It is virtually impossible to obtain optimal levels of most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients although many people try to do so, and even then fresh produce is not available all year round. *There are many quality supplements available on the market, including –Thorne, NFS, Douglas Labs, Xtend Life, True Star Health, USANA, and Metagenics. There are others, but do your due diligence before choosing one. USANA Health Sciences has added a new adjunct to its multivitamin and multi mineral called CellSentials. These are a patented blend of phyto-nutrients which they believe affects cell signaling and growth, and increases the production of preventative antioxidants within the cell. These should add to the value of the multi, so these are the multivitamin/mineral preparation I recommend.