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May 17, 2016

As many of you know, I sprained my ankle in April.  As many of you might not know, I was a fool and sprained it again three weeks after the first sprain (or 1.5 weeks ago).  For some reason I didn't take the first sprain seriously.  I thought: heck, I always roll my ankles, I always have, this can't really be all that different, it just hurts a little more.  Well, that's where I lost the diligence to actually nurse the darn thing back to good health; or, I should say, I never found the diligence to nurse the darn thing back to good health.

 

Isn't that how it always goes?  So the second time was really the charm.  I finally took the advise of...everyone...and had an MRI taken (thanks Dad :)) and sought out a visit with the physical therapist (thanks Tyler Murray!).  With care, diligence, and patience, I'll be back running before too much longer.

 

In the midst of my misery after the second sprain I tried to think about all the things I could possibly do to make this thing heal and heal well, if not fast (quickly, I suppose, would be the grammatically-correct term there, but who's counting?).

 

Well, duh, it dawned on me: food!  hello!

 

I knew Vitamin C was critical for the growth and development of connective tissue, and I was also aware of the importance of zinc in making reactions go (we call those reaction-activators enzymes; zinc plays the role of "key" to turn the switch for a lot of enzymes to do their job), especially reactions involved in tissue development (cell division) and protein synthesis.  So, I started popping some pills.  And then it occurred to me to share these fun facts with all ya'll.

 

 

And what I mean by "popping pills" isn't all it's cracked up to be.  Some research has shown that, actually, in the case of wound-healing, supplemental Vitamin C (so, yes, a pill, or a powder) can have a greater effect on wound healing than just food alone (see references at the end).  The reason for this is not necessarily because the synthetic (or pill) form is