What We Have Been Reading

Nalcosamine BD 60 – Nutrition Care

 

I have been a big fan of high quality glucosamine sulphate products such as Doctors Selection Glucosamine Sulphate 1000 to trial in those people who experience joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, as glucosamine assists in the growth and maintenance of healthy joint cartilage.

 

Nalcosamine BD 60 by Nutrition Care takes this one step further, combining glucosamine sulphate with Cumerone which is an extract of curcumin. The two together provide analgesic properties, aiding in the growth and maintenance of healthy joint cartilage. According to the Therapeutics Goods Administration, Nalcosamine provides relief of muscle aches and pains, it may also reduce joint swelling and inflammation associated with arthritis.

 

Curcumin is an anti-oxidant and works to prevent inflammatory initiators from causing inflammation. Anti oxidants are important as they help reduce oxidative stress on the body and aid with recovery and regeneration.

 

So far, unfortunately there are no official studies on its effectiveness, but from my own clinical experience those patients taking it have reported great improvements.

 

Nalcomsamine does contain potassium so if you are on blood pressure medication or have kidney disease it is advisable to consult your physician first.

*I have no conflicts of interest or disclosures to make.

Running Shoes/Styles

 

March to November is peak running season in Melbourne with events such as Run For The Kids, the Mothers Day Classic, Run to the G, Melbourne Marathon and the City to Surf. The question I get asked a lot is, “which pair of running shoes should I get?”

 

There is such a variety of shoes and brands it is easy to see why people get confused. There are shoes for mild pronators, severe over pronators, supinators, there are track specific shoes, general runners, barefoot shoes and so on.

 

A recent article in the journal of Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, discussed the evolution of barefoot running from the days of the hunter gathers to our commercial society today. The interesting points to arise included:

 

  • Since running shoes were released 30 odd years ago, 30-70% of runners experience stress related injuries. This figure has not changed over the last 30 years regardless of the improvements in shoe technology.

 

  • Shoes with large cushioned heel pads reduce a runners ability to sense changes in the terrain under their feet, reducing the bodies ability to adapt to those changes. This reduces its shock absorbing potential.

 

  • Fore foot runners (the traditional barefoot style) run with less impact peaks, have faster, shorter strides than heel strikers. Fore foot running though, places large stress forces on the plantar fascia and Achilles.

 

In short stress related injuries in runners seem to have more to do with running form than running shoes. When the body can “feel” the terrain it is running on, the body is able to change the angles in the knees and ankles which help to absorb the impact shock, reducing impact stresses. It must also be stressed that having the musculoskeletal strength in the legs and feet is vitally important to facilitate this.

 

The underlying message from this article is: build the strength in your legs and feet, wear shoes that enable you to “feel” the terrain you are running on and focus on your form.

 

Don’t get sick at the gym: 7 ways to prevent infection

 

Follow this link to a great little article and what you can do to avoid getting sick at the gym.

Don’t Get Sick At The Gym

 

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