Maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system is of vital importance, it contributes to homeostasis of the body through providing our body shape, heat, protection and support of vital organs, as well as stability and movement of the organism.
Bones play a very important role, since they help to store and mobilize essential components for when needed. Most of these components are necessary for the homeostatic body system. For these reasons and to avoid pain, discomfort and interference in daily activities, it is important to detect and treat the homeostatic imbalances of the musculoskeletal system as soon as possible.
Important vitamins for the musculoskeletal system
To enjoy a healthy musculoskeletal system and maintain it in good shape, we must pay special attention to a series of the following vitamins:
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin with multiple health benefits found in food such as meat, fish, nuts or wheat germ. It is very popular among athletes, as it increases muscle performance and energy production.
At a musculoskeletal level, this vitamin is necessary to adequately absorb vitamin B12 and magnesium, which are very important for the musculoskeletal homeostasis.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin that is necessary for normal growth and development of bones and teeth. It is found in food such as black currant, peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, parsley, broccoli and spinach, among others. The fruit which contains the highest vitamin C levels is called murunga (Terminalia ferdinandiana) and acerola cherries (Crataegus azarolus).
Vitamin C collaborates with different systems in our body like; the digestive system through increasing the absorption of iron, the nervous system through contributing to its normal functioning and the circulatory system through helping with the formation of collagen to maintain healthy blood vessels, among many others.
Vitamin C is also known to protect cells against oxidative stress and maintain global functions such as the production of energy and reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin D contributes to the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. It also helps the normal maintenance of bones, teeth and muscles. It is an essential vitamin for the development and normal growth of bone during childhood and reduces risk of falling associated with muscle weakness and postural instability.
It also has implications in other systems, such as the circulatory system, maintaining normal levels of calcium in the blood and the immune system, reinforcing it and maintaining its normal function.
Vitamin K helps maintain bones in good condition, and also contributes to the maintenance of the circulatory system, reinforcing the coagulation of blood.
Last but not least
we would like to emphasize that, in order to have a healthy musculoskeletal system, it is essential to avoid stress, junk food, pollution and a sedentary lifestyle, as these factors contribute to a constant imbalance that can lead to different pathologies