Muscle tension may occur from sitting in front of a computer all day or other long periods of sitting and standing. Yoga and other forms of exercise can help strengthen and balance our muscular matrix throughout the body. Additionally, prevention of injury, muscular strain or sprains requires warming up properly before exercise or playing sport, and when lifting heavy objects ensuring you have correct posture.
Occasionally we need to assist the muscles natural healing ability to support recovery and repair or optimal muscle mass, and there are many oral and topical products to choose from.
Skeletal muscles, which are defined because they attach to the bones, require regular nutritional support to remain healthy and fully functional. Electrolytes such as Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride are excellent nutrients for muscles, as they can assist with muscle contraction and relaxation.
Vitamin C and collagen helps with the normal function of tendons and blood vessels, where Vitamin D can assist with the function of strong muscles and bones.
Protein powders that contain amino acids such as Carnitine and Taurine, may also benefit a healthy heart and skeletal muscles, and support the normal function of the brain, eyes and vascular system.
Smooth muscles are found mostly within or around organs or blood vessels. Organs such as the digestive tract and bladder can benefit from nutritive support such as Magnesium for relaxation and Glutamine for tissue strength.
Our cardiac muscle needs plenty of support, particularly for ageing and people that practice high cardio sports. Nutrients such as Omega 3s, CoQ10 can support healthy tissue oxygen levels as well as normal healthy function of the heart.
Superfoods that are high in nutrients are also essential for muscle support in that they provide a wide range of nutrients, including phytochemicals, which can assist as antioxidants.
Let’s not forget the ointments, creams and gels! Internal supplements are excellent for muscle support, but topical products can also assist with normal recovery of skeletal muscles, such as Arnica, Wild Yam, Comfrey, Magnesium and Pure Essential Oils (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clary Sage, Wintergreen, Rosemary etc.) used in a carrier.