Many of the sites talk about patches to put over the injury, but I have also found plenty on the oral supplement. The idea makes sense: the reason it takes a tendon so long to heal is the lack of blood flow.
Nitric Oxide supplements with L-Arginine help to increase blood flow. This is the reason it is marketed: the blood flow causes a “pump,” making your muscles appear larger when you work them out.
I think it’s funny that someone would care more about the “pump” than really building muscle, but it can assist with that as well. Of course you build muscle up by tearing it down. The more blood during the healing, the faster you recover, and the faster you can work out again, meaning more muscle. But nobody markets it that way. It did lead to a funny discussion at GNC. The guy was going on about how pumped I would get and this and that, and I’m like look at me dude. Do I look like I care about “being pumped?” That said, it is kind of cool.
I also am really getting in to probiotics.
Ever since I was in Iraq, I have had terrible stomach issues. I now wonder if I have some mean bacteria living in there causing havoc. I am not sure how, but I stumbled on the idea of probiotics. I originally got some Yakult drinks that have 5 billion happy little bugs in them, but have moved up to a 20 day supply of 75 billion per day. I will then do maintenance of 25 billion per day.
I really have already noticed a difference. I’m starting to actually care a lot more about what I put in my body. When I first started running, it was an easy way to eat a lot and not be fat. Then I fell in love with running itself. Now I can’t run for a while, so I am looking at the other side of the equation. Part of that is lack of meat.