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Pain: Cure or Heal | CoQ10 in Sports

From eNewsletter 11/23/2020

DID YOU KNOW that higher levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the blood may help reduce the severity of muscle damage seen in professional soccer players?


In a study from International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, players maintaining high levels of CoQ10 in plasma during the hardest phase of the season helped professional players to prevent muscle and kidney damage, reduce stress, and promote higher physical capacity.


Moreover, the authors suggest CoQ10 should be used as part of a supplement protocol in the prevention of accumulated damage in elite athletes for any sport.


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PAIN: CURE OR HEAL?

Steve and Bonnie: Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause significant side effects, according to a sweeping new review from Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The authors reveal that only one in six patients treated with NSAIDs achieve any significant reduction in pain. Earlier research from the same group of researchers had already demonstrated paracetamol as ineffective and opioids provided minimal benefit over placebo. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, so the lead author proclaimed an urgent need to develop new therapies to treat back pain, which affects such a high percentage of Americans. See more on this in our Well Connect Feature. One effective therapy that is little discussed in the medical world, but can be highly effective, especially for the long-term, is diet. A new study on knee arthritis from Arthritis Research & Therapy found an anti-inflammatory diet to be highly effective at reducing risk and severity of knee osteoarthritis. Inflammatory diets are highly individualized depending upon allergies, intolerances, acid/alkaline balance, microbiome makeup, and sugar consumption, to name a few. Another non-invasive therapy found to be effective for chronic pain is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). MBSR is considered mindful yoga and meditation. The Cochrane Review, one of the most conservative medical journals in the world, recently stated that yoga may lead to a small reduction in pain in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain. In addition, a study from Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found MBSR led to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood and functional capacity. 89% of the study respondents reported the MBSR program helped them find ways to better cope with their pain. Coping is a crucial component of chronic pain that band-aid approaches never address. Diet and MBSR are considered coping and healing therapies. While curing means eliminating disease, coping and healing refers to becoming more whole. Healing is a much better goal for learning to live with a level of pain that is manageable, because curing is not always achievable.


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