49ers Star Chris Culliver Out for Season: ACL Recovery Tips

49ers Star Chris Culliver Out for Season: ACL Recovery Tips

Ligaments connect bone to bone and tendons connect muscle to bone. The function of these connectors is important for everyday activities and movements especially in sports and athletics. Athletes are prone to ligament and tendon damage due to the stresses of physical activity, especially repetitive motions like running, jumping and quick change of direction. The good news is that many vitamins, minerals and nutrients from food have important roles in ligament, tendon and tissue repair.

What Foods can Help Strengthen Ligaments?

Colorful Fruits and Vegetables provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. The powerful antioxidant vitamin C is very common and is very important for athletes. Vitamin C helps support and strengthens connective tissue according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Vitamin C may also help reduce inflammation associated with injuries like a torn ACL. Fruits particularly high in vitamin C include cantaloupe, oranges, kiwi, cherries, mangoes and papaya. Vegetables also high in Vitamin C include tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Vitamin C is so important to athletes because it can help your body produce collagen, which strengthens the connective tissue that forms our ligaments and tendons. Getting enough vitamin C also helps prevent further injury to damaged tissue and muscles.

Manganese is another important trace mineral that supports ligament and tissue health. Manganese helps supports strong bones and muscle function. Foods like nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, roasted pumpkin seeds and some shellfish contain the mineral manganese. Other trace minerals known for ligament and muscle strengthening and repair include copper and zinc. Zinc is especially important for maintaining strong joints and tissues.

Fatty Fish are prime sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are healthy fats that in addition to promoting heart health may also reduce inflammation associated with ligaments and connective tissue. Athletes should be consuming fresh ocean fish like salmon, tuna, flounder, trout, herring and sardines to get the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. This important nutrient for the body can help protect nerves and help keep blood flowing and joints moving.

How Do I Fill My Nutrition Gaps?

We should be eating a well balanced diet everyday that includes fresh colorful fruits and vegetables, ocean fish and whole foods to provide our bodies with the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. How healthy is your diet? I know most people and athletes in particular do not have enough time in their day to sit down and eat a well balanced meal. Most people just end up eating fast food. It’s a busy world and truth be told, most of us struggle to eat properly. Getting the right amounts of vitamins and minerals, the optimal range of nutrients from fruits and vegetables, plus essential fatty acids solely from your diet is extremely difficult yet so beneficial to your overall health especially ACL, ligament, and tendon health.

NUTRILITE vitamins, minerals and supplements provide the best athletes in the world with nutrition most people don’t get from their diet alone. Phytonutrients, a cornerstone of NUTRILITE supplements, are the natural nutrients in plants such as lycopene from tomatoes, resveratrol from grapes, and lutein from spinach leaves. Unlike other vitamins and supplements that are synthetic, NUTRILITE vitamins and supplements have plant based ingredients, so you get nutrients the way nature intended. NUTRILITE is the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on their own certified organic farms. NUTRILITE takes the utmost care to use only the best sources of ingredients for every supplement in their line and that’s why successful sports team like AC Milan (most successful soccer team), Detroit Redwings (most successful hockey team) and many other major league baseball, professional football, and Olympic athletes trust, believe in and use their supplements.

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The 3 NUTRILITE products contained in the NUTRILITE® Perfect Pack for Your Health can help replenish this much needed nutrition and positively impact your long term health ability to stengthen ACL, ligaments and tendons.

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What Athletes Should Learn from Marcus Lattimore’s Injury. (PART 1)

Rehabilitation is not new to Marcus Lattimore and neither is hard work. For what appeared to be an injury that would take a young career there is a lot of promise ahead for the young gamecocks running back. Lattimore returned this year from a knee injury that he sustained last season. He was building a very strong campaign for the gamecocks as the leading ball carrier and pass catching threat for the backfield. Then in the second quarter of South Carolina’s game against Tennessee on Saturday, October 27, 2012 Lattimore fell to a devastating knee injury. What appeared to be a career ending dislocated knee could be an injury Lattimore returns from. Marcus Lattimore suffered a significant impact to the front of his right knee. The ensuing hyper extension of the knee resulted in injury to several ligaments. There were no fractures or additional injuries according to the team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy. Lattimore’s surgically repaired left knee was on injured going to play.

So the question is what can at least learn from Lattimore’s experience? We know in football, basketball and all sports there is risk for injury. It’s always sad to see any of athlete let alone a big time performer like Lattimore fall to injury. Here some MAJOR important points I believe all athletes can learn from this young athlete’s experience.

1. Athletes Should should possess knowledge to prevent and heal injuries through proper diet and Supplement Program.
Getting injured is one of the most difficult and frustrating things in an athlete’s life. The best way to stop injuries is to of course, prevent them. However in Some cases like Lattimore’s devastating knee injury it’s impossible to prevent but there are proactive measures athletes can take while they are healthy that can help strengthen and quicken their recovery and healing process. An athlete’s diet makes a HUGE difference in the recovery and healing process. Feeding and fueling the body will help to strengthen and maintain the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone in the best and strongest condition possible. Giving your body the nutrition it needs plays a direct role in enhancing performance, preventing injury/sickness, strengthening and speeding up your recovery process. In contrast, a diet high in refined sugars, starches, and poor quality protein will increase inflammation and lead to a higher likelihood of injury.

So What’s the optimal diet for an athlete or high performer? Most importantly athletes should be sure they are getting high quality, adequate amounts of protein. Healthy abundant protein helps to make and repair muscle, strengthen bones and tendons, and allow for proper function of cells.

The best protein sources are grass fed meats which are full of muscle building conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, and muscle building zinc and iron. Other good sources of protein are wild caught fatty fish, free range poultry, and organic eggs. – Omega 3 Fats – provide plenty of fuel for energy and anti-inflammatory properties to heal and protect the damage that hard training wreaks on the body.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA) helps to provide the fuel the body needs to power through a demanding practice. Antioxidants are extremely important to the athlete.

Exercise, especially intense exercise produces large amounts of free radicals which lead to damage and breakdown of tissue within the body. Eating a large variety of brightly colored fresh, organic fruit and vegetables will go a long way to help supply the body with large amounts of antioxidants. Go raw! Raw fruits and vegetables are not only powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals; they also contain massive amounts of enzymes. Enzymes are proven healers of damaged tissue.

The best diet is at least fifty percent raw to prevent and heal injuries. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and will play a role in the blocking of the damage due to free radicals in the body. Because this vitamin is so important for the repair of the connective and cartilage tissue, it is helpful to add extra to your diet when injured.

Athletes should eat foods that are high in vitamin C such as red peppers, papaya, cantaloupe, kale, oranges and broccoli. Vitamin C is a key ingredient to rebuilding collagen, connective tissue and repairing damage in the body. It is also important to promote the healthy maintenance of cartilage and bones as well as teeth.

Vitamin A is also important because of its rebuilding properties. Its main function in the body is to make new white blood cells to help fight off infection. A higher intake of vitamin A will also help repair any microtears that occurred in the body after a hard workout so it is definitely a valuable tool for any runner, cyclist or weight lifter.

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By: Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN)

Why do I need a supplement?
The American Medical Association recommends that all adults take one multivitamin daily. This is true even if you already eat a diet rich in fresh, whole, natural foods, because the foods you consume often don’t supply all the vitamins and minerals you need, at the recommended levels. If you’re going to supplement, why not start with the world’s best multi? NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient.

What’s a phytonutrient and why are there so many in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient?
Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight off insects, resist disease, promote healthy growth, and enhance survival. Nutrilite has always included these plant nutrients in its supplement formulas because of their health benefits to humans. The phytonutrients found in the 20 plant concentrates in DOUBLE X supplement offer you both broad and targeted antioxidant protection.

Why are antioxidants important?
Antioxidants are your natural defenses against free radicals. Free radicals oxidize compounds in your cells starting a chain reaction of instability and damage. The antioxidants in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient help neutralize free radicals in five categories and offer protection – right down to your cells!

Why should I choose NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient over any other multivitamin/multimineral?
Because it’s the best one made by the company that marketed the very first multivitamin/multimineral in North America. NUTRILITE is the world’s leading brand of vitamin, mineral, and dietary supplements (based on 2009 sales). You get the reassurance of Nutrilite’s cutting-edge research; plant concentrates from natural sources, grown to the highest standards; and the nutritional insurance offered by a great multi.

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“Slight Edge Performance Program”(Enhance Performance with NSF Certified for Sport Supplement Program)

Urgent! “Slight Edge Performance Program” Sport Nutrition Tip of the Day! Breaking Records in High School, Earning a College Football Scholarship and having the opportunity to compete for a job playing in the NFL were all DREAMS that I realized and Achieved! Was it easy? NO! Was it worth it? YES! Growing up I was always very competitive in SPORTS and always looking for an ADVANTAGE to make myself BETTER. I desired to be a Big Time Performer, a Playmaker, someone who could help my TEAM Win! I learned that athletes have a much higher energy requirement than non-athletes and to strengthen my performance I needed to “Eat to Fuel!” I learned about NSF Certified for Sport, Plant based supplements like NUTRILITE DOUBLE X!

Why do I need a supplement?
The American Medical Association recommends that all adults take one multivitamin daily. This is true even if you already eat a diet rich in fresh, whole, natural foods, because the foods you consume often don’t supply all the vitamins and minerals you need, at the recommended levels. If you’re going to supplement, why not start with the world’s best multi? NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient.

What’s a phytonutrient and why are there so many in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient?
Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight off insects, resist disease, promote healthy growth, and enhance survival. Nutrilite has always included these plant nutrients in its supplement formulas because of their health benefits to humans. The phytonutrients found in the 20 plant concentrates in DOUBLE X supplement offer you both broad and targeted antioxidant protection.

Why are antioxidants important?
Antioxidants are your natural defenses against free radicals. Free radicals oxidize compounds in your cells starting a chain reaction of instability and damage. The antioxidants in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient help neutralize free radicals in five categories and offer protection – right down to your cells!

Why should I choose NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient over any other multivitamin/multimineral?
Because it’s the best one made by the company that marketed the very first multivitamin/multimineral in North America. NUTRILITE is the world’s leading brand of vitamin, mineral, and dietary supplements (based on 2009 sales). You get the reassurance of Nutrilite’s cutting-edge research; plant concentrates from natural sources, grown to the highest standards; and the nutritional insurance offered by a great multi.

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“Slight Edge Performance” Sport Nutrition Tip (BETA-CAROTENE)

Urgent! “Slight Edge Performance” Sport Nutrition Tip of the Day! When it comes to your Health Do Not just play the GAME! Learn and Understand how the GAME is played! Today you will Learn about the benefits of BETA-CAROTENE pertaining to your Health and Performance. Almost all the green-yellow-orange vegetables and fruits are rich sources of beta carotene which is a VERY important PHYTONUTRIENT found in PLANTS. People whose diets are rich in beta carotene have lower risk of heart disease. Beta carotene helps activate your thymus gland, one of your most important sources of immune protection. Being an important flavonoid compound, beta carotene has powerful antioxidant functions, helps the body scavenge free radicals, thereby limiting the damage to cell membranes, DNA and protein structures in the cell. Research studies suggest that dietary intake of foods high in β-carotene has positive association with decreased risk of cardio-vascular disease as well as oral cavity, and lung cancers. Beta Carotene, along with other carotenoids, is a molecule that the body easily changes into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for a large number of metabolic functions similar to other vitamins. When converted to vitamin A in the intestines it has all the functions of vitamin A such as visual cycle, reproduction (sperm production), maintenance of epithelial functions, growth and development. Of the 600 known carotenoids, beta-carotene is the most studied and the most physiologically and nutritionally important member of the carotene family. It also effective in skin disorders, enhances immunity, protects against toxins and cancer formations, colds, flu, and infections. It is an antioxidant and protector of the cells while slowing the aging process. People whose diets are rich in beta carotene have lower risk of heart disease. Beta carotene works with vitamin E to reduce the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol, which lowers the risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Studies show that people who eat a diet rich in carotenoids, had a much lower risk of breast, colon cancer and lung cancer. One way that carotenoids fight cancer is through their antioxidant capacity. Another way that they help is to keep your cells in proper communication, an effective preventive measure against the growth of cancer cells.

Why do I need a supplement?
The American Medical Association recommends that all adults take one multivitamin daily. This is true even if you already eat a diet rich in fresh, whole, natural foods, because the foods you consume often don’t supply all the vitamins and minerals you need, at the recommended levels. If you’re going to supplement, why not start with the world’s best multi? NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient. What’s a phytonutrient and why are there so many in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient?
Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight off insects, resist disease, promote healthy growth, and enhance survival. Nutrilite has always included these plant nutrients in its supplement formulas because of their health benefits to humans. The phytonutrients found in the 20 plant concentrates in DOUBLE X supplement offer you both broad and targeted antioxidant protection. Why are antioxidants important?
Antioxidants are your natural defenses against free radicals. Free radicals oxidize compounds in your cells starting a chain reaction of instability and damage. The antioxidants in NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient help neutralize free radicals in five categories and offer protection – right down to your cells!

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Student-Athlete Sport Nutrition Tip of The Day!

Urgent! Student-Athlete Sport Nutrition Tip of the Day! Have your coaches taught you about the importance of the mineral Molybdenum? This important trace mineral helps your body metabolize, break down and use fats and carbohydrates for your energy needs! Molybdenum helps your body use Iron Efficiently and aids in healthy Cell function! Foods grown in nutrient rich soil like wheat grains, barley, lima beans and dark leafy festivals have it! Because most Student Athletes don’t get the recommended amount of nutrition in their diet alone it’s very important to invest in an organic, Sport Certified, High Quality Food Supplement like Nutrilite Double X to fill ALL Nutrition Gaps! To Learn more go to Facebook.com/SlightEdgePerformanceProgram “LIKE” our page and Be Empowered today!
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