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Tennis elbow is a very common injury that can persist for years if left unaddressed.  People can develop “tennis elbow” even if they don’t play tennis.  Things like carrying heavy bags, throwing a ball, or even playing the violin can cause pain and discomfort in the joint associated with tennis elbow. Tennis Elbow is the common name for inflammation in the tendons of the elbow from overuse of the joint. Not only does this inflammation cause pain, it also weakens the tendons so that they could become re-injured more easily. Without proper treatment or prevention, this pain can persist and the elbow can become permanently injured.

There are quite a few treatments for tennis elbow, ranging from icing the elbow and resting the joint, to steroid injections and surgery. But these “treatments” are used only after the elbow has already been injured, meaning inflammation has occurred and scar tissue may have already started developing around the joint. As for the prevention of tennis elbow, a powerful anti-inflammatory, such as astaxanthin, can prevent initial inflammation and heal the joint quickly so no further injury, or pain, will occur.  Taking an astaxanthin supplement could prevent tennis elbow as well as treat it if you are already experiencing symptoms. A study by the Health Research and Studies Center involved giving tennis elbow sufferers an eight-week course of astaxanthin. The treatment group showed a 93 percent improvement in grip strength, as well as decreased pain. Astaxanthin does not only reduce pain and inflammation in the tendons, it also affects the muscles of the body and the joints. By taking a supplement with astaxanthin, such as Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3, you are equipping your body to handle daily stress and overuse of joints, tendons and muscles to prevent injury and discomfort. 50% of recreational tennis players will experience tennis elbow, so prevention is extremely important.

The Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3 supplement contains not only astaxanthin but also Neptune Krill Oil, which is also reported to have anti-inflammatory effects that could heal and prevent tennis elbow. NKO has been shown to inhibit the production of inflammation as well as signs and symptoms of arthritis. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that a daily dose of krill oil reduces inflammation and reduces pain, stiffness and functional impairment in patients within one week. You may be thinking taking astaxanthin or NKO would be the same as taking an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or aspirin. But as G. Cole, UCLA Professor of Medicine and Neurology, reported,

“While anti-inflammatory drugs usually block a single target molecule and reduce its activity dramatically, natural anti-inflammatories gently tweak a broader range of inflammatory compounds. You’ll get greater safety and efficacy reducing five inflammatory mediators by 30 percent than by reducing one by 100 percent.”  

Natural anti-inflammatories, such as astaxanthin and Neptune Krill Oil can reach a much broader range of the body. This means that not only will the anti-inflammatory reach your tennis elbow, it will also reach, for example, your sore wrist, or another part of your body that is experiencing inflammation but not yet showing symptoms. This broad range of anti-inflammatory prevents injury rather than just easing the pain of an existing injury. So instead of taking a drug to reduce pain, or stop doing your favorite activity because of the pain, or having to get surgery to fix an injury caused by inflammation, try preventing it and arming your body with the powerful anti-inflammatory effects in Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3 Plus.

Kris Vigue

A former Division I athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball cut short due to a severe on-the-field injury. Now the CEO of Athlete’s Best, a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Trainer, and Nutritional Wellness Consultant.

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