Food supplements for the spine and joints

A selected diet with the right nutrients will support a strong back and prevent possible problems. Intervertebral discs, bones and joints in particular are dependent on the right nutrition to cope with the everyday demands made of them.

Simple, yet effective: to keep intervertebral discs mobile and elastic, you need an adequate fluid intake. You should therefore drink two to three litres of water or unsweetened tea a day.

You can find out more about this from the food supplements advice centre at the Avicenna Clinic.

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Minerals such as calcium or magnesium are essential for preventing destruction of the bone structure, a condition known as osteoporosis. Milk products such as yoghurt, cheese or quark are as good at providing calcium as dark green vegetables, seeds and various types of low-sodium mineral water. Vitamin D ensures that calcium is absorbed into the blood from the intestine and then goes from there to the bones. Since the vitamin is only contained in a small number of foods such as fish, avocado and egg, the body also needs the support of the sun in order to form it in the body via the skin. When the sun is shining, 20 minutes outdoors a day is enough to rev up the vitamin D metabolism. Foods containing magnesium also help promote healthy muscles: wholegrain products, pulses or nuts - especially walnuts - relax the muscles and therefore take the pressure off the spine.

In some cases - for example where there is an increased risk of osteoporosis - the additional consumption of vitamins or minerals through food supplements is recommended. Since excessive doses can also cause harm, however, it is recommended that a doctor always be consulted first. The doctor will then determine each patient's individual requirements and check whether special tablets are required in addition to a balanced diet. Since excess weight can also put a great deal of strain on the joints and back, fattening treats such as alcohol, sugar or fat should be avoided as much as possible, or enjoyed only in moderation. People who adopt a healthy, balanced diet and combine this with adequate exercise will be able to effectively prevent back and joint problems as well as making themselves feel good.

For some conditions affecting the spine and joints, food supplements such as omega 3 fatty acids or pine bark extract are used to prevent cartilage damage and support cartilage formation.