Is Basica a supplement against lower back pain?
Just maybe, supplementing with minerals like magnesium citrate, potassium citrate and calcium citrate can relieve back pain. We phrase it carefully, and if you know what kind of research we're basing this post on, you'll understand why.
The German professor Juergen Vormann, affiliated with the Institut fuer Praevention und Ernaehrung, gave 82 people aged 20-75 years a supplement every day for 4 weeks, which is marketed in Germany as Basica. [basica.com] All subjects had suffered from lower back pain for some time.
Basica is a lactose-based powder to which minerals have been added. The subjects dissolved it in water, milk, yogurt or tea and then drank it. Vormann did not use a control group.
The powder provided 405 milligrams of calcium citrate, 219 milligrams of potassium citrate, 375 milligrams of sodium citrate and 20 milligrams of magnesium citrate per serving. In addition, the powder contained small amounts of, among other things, iron lactate, manganese lactate, copper lactate, vanadium lactate, cobalt lactate and nickel lactate.
The philosophy behind Basica supplements is that body cells function optimally under slightly alkaline conditions. Due to the industrialization of our food, we get a lot of nutrients, which makes it more difficult for the body to maintain those conditions.
As a result, the risk of diseases and disorders increases. Supplementation with 'alkaline-forming minerals' would help restore that balance.
Supplementation with Basica reduced the back pain by 49 percent, you can see at the bottom left.
At the bottom right you see the effect on the low back pain on an individual level. There were only a few whose pain symptoms increased during the supplementation period. In the overwhelming majority of patients, the opposite happened.
The curious thing was that the use of the supplement did not lead to an increase in the concentration of potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium and phosphorus in the subjects. When the researchers looked at the intra-cellular concentration of those same minerals, they saw that the concentration of magnesium in the cells had increased by 11 percent.
"The results of this open study show that a disturbed acid-base balance may contribute to the symptoms of low back pain", Vormann and his colleagues summarize. "The simple and safe addition of an alkaline multimineral preparate was able to reduce the pain symptoms in these patients with chronic low back pain significantly."
J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2001;15(2-3):179-83.
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