Tendinitis is a inflammation of the tendons--muscle-to-bone connectors. A person can have tendinitis in any number of joints, but it is most common in the rotator cuff (shoulder), elbows and knees. There are certain supplements that people can take to heal tendinitis. Some of them are vitamins and minerals. Others have been specifically developed in recent years to treat tendinitis and arthritis for the ageing population.
Some people believe that an overgrowth of Candida albicans can cause chronic joint pain, including tendinitis. This fungus lives naturally in the body, but an overuse of antibiotics, corticosteroids, poor diet and stress can spur its growth. If left untreated, fungal toxins can enter the cells and organs and cause inflammation. People who have tendinitis from this condition may need to use yeast-killing supplements such as garlic, virgin coconut oil, Paul d'Arco tea (an herb) and cayenne pepper. Probiotics or "friendly" bacteria can replenish a natural bacteria. The extra bacteria can help fight candida overgrowth and ultimately heal a tendinitis flare-up.
Types of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
Antioxidants such as vitamin A and C have anti-inflammatory properties for healing tendinitis. Both vitamins help rid the body of unhealthy cells containing fungus, parasites and toxins, which can cause inflammation. Vitamin C is known to stimulate collagen, a protein, which supports tissues and joints. Bioflavonoids, sometimes called vitamin P, help the body absorb vitamin C and can be used in conjunction with this vitamin in healing tendinitis. Vitamin B12 injections are sometimes given to people with tendinitis for reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and healing. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant. This mineral can be used for reducing inflammation and can foster the healing process of tendinitis in the knee, shoulder or elbow.
Other Types of Supplements
Glucosamine is a supplement that can reduce inflammation in tendons such as the rotator cuff. This enables the tendons more freedom of movement between joint bones. Chondroitin is often used with Glucosamine in supplements for both tendinitis and arthritis. St. John's Wort, an herb, is effective in calming nerves associated with tendinitis pain. Bromelain is an enzyme supplement that can reduce swelling in joints and foster the healing process of tendinitis. And certain fatty acids like GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) from evening primrose oil can provide lubrication to the synovial fluids
There is no time frame for taking supplements to heal tendinitis. The important thing is to stay on the supplement and get it flowing in the blood stream consistently. There is a greater chance of getting over tendinitis faster if a combination of supplements is used.
Preventing tendinitis works on the same principles as healing it. One should eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, which contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Stretching the joints regularly and exercising the muscles can also prevent tendinitis.