Many patients ask me what supplements would help them during the rehabilitation process. These days it’s hard to navigate through the countless number of supplements that just do not do what they claim. It’s important to know that a handful of pills aren’t a cure-all. However, there are many supplements that can enhance your own body’s potential to heal, as certain vitamins and nutrients are in high demand after sustaining an injury or undergoing surgery. There are some things you need to know about the manufacturers of most of the supplements.


The FDA regulates the supplement industry but since they aren’t considered drugs, they aren’t put through rigorous testing and measures. This means no one really knows what exactly goes into each capsule or powder. You are trusting the company is using the pure ingredients they list on the label.


Before settling on a brand, do a little research on the company. A quick internet search can tell you how long the company has been in business, reviews of their products, and their manufacturing process. Here are some of the most important supplements you can get to aid you on the road to recovery.


Protein-
Not only is protein a necessary component for building collagen, which is the basis for scar tissue formation, but also an abundance is required for muscle re-growth. A broad-spectrum protein powder that includes all of the essential and non-essential amino acids is your best bet.


L-glutamine-
When your body is recovering after surgery, nitrogen is needed for proper organ function and wound repair. This nitrogen comes from glutamine, which is the most abundant amino acid in the body.


Curcumin-
Any type of natural anti-inflammatory agent is a good choice. Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties along with anti-oxidant traits which make it a must have after undergoing surgery.


Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)-
Vitamin C rounds out the supplements that will help ensure the best possible outcome of your surgery. This vitamin is needed for the proper function of every body tissue and helps reduce the effects of stress just to name a few.


Are supplements necessary to ensure an optimal recovery after your surgery? The answer is no. But if you can’t guarantee a diet that will supply your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal properly, you may want to consider supplementation as just another piece of the rehabilitation puzzle.


Yours is health,


Keith Pacific