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Herbal supplements for athletes

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Over the past 20 years, a growing body of research (mostly conducted in Europe) points to the therapeutic potential of a variety of herbs.  Many athletes are taking these supplements to strengthen body systems, promote recovery, and help balance overall health. 

According to Jermaine Primus of St. John's Herbs and Wellness in Seymour, TN, popular supplements for athletes in the Knoxville area are:

*Co-enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is structurally similar to vitamin E.  It plays a crucial role in the generation of cellular energy, is a significant neurological stimulant, increases circulation, and is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. 

*Inflamma-Less is a combination herbal/mineral supplement for tissue and mobility.  It supports the body’s natural inflammatory response.  This formula is especially good for athletes both in preventing and calming inflammation in the joints and tissues, thus reducing pain. 

*Myo-tone helps to maintain the integrity of ligaments, tendons and muscles, as do hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM (Methyl-sulfonyl-methane). 

*Bromelain helps digest protein debris in areas of the body and can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.

*Supplemental vitamin D reduces risk of fractures and improves muscle strength.

Before using herbal supplements, it's always smart to do your own research.  Check with your physician to prevent interactions with any medications.

For more info: 

 Herbal Supplements at Nutrition.gov

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