Based upon this retrolisthesis thing, I’ve been doing some research to find out what I can do nutritionally and otherwise to support the healing of my back.  One of the first searches I did took me to a website that recommended nutrition as a treatment option, mostly aimed at controlling and reducing pain.  The recommended nutrients are zinc, manganese, copper, glucosamine, water, and Vitamin A.  My favorite (read: THE BEST) site for finding out what nutrients are in the foods we eat, and conversely, what foods contain certain nutrients, is The Worlds Healthiest Foods 

Vitamin A  aids in tissue repair and can be obtained from:

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 9.01.20 AMNo worries there, I eat plenty of sweet potatoes and carrots, kale and spinach.              Alongside this important vitamin is zinc, is an essential element for proper utilization of Vitamin A. Without zinc,  Vitamin A does not get released from the liver.  Good sources of zinc are:

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From World’s Healthiest Foods

There is no venison or lamb in my diet, but sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds, mos def.

Now comes the Vitamin C:

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No problem here, either, while I am not partial to papaya, the rest of the list are on the frequent and favorite list.

Next on the list, copper, which is essential in adding strength to ligaments and membranes by cross linking the proteins (I have no idea what that means – I hope it’s not like crossing the streams):

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Here we are again with the sesame seeds and the pumpkin seeds.  Plus cashews, sunflower seeds, and lentils, oh my!  Accompanying the copper is manganese, which also is a player in the protein cross linking:

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I never knew that pumpkin seeds were so packed with minerals and antioxidants!  Apparently, a close relationship to the soil makes for mineral nutrient richness.  I’m for it!From World's Healthiest FoodsThe other recommendations as stated above were water and glucosamine.  I think we all know where to get water from. . . . my research on glucosamine, however, revealed no food sources of this supplement.  It is reported to aid in cartilage repair, but I found inconclusive evidence and conflicting results, so I am not going to bother with it.   Do what you will, my friends.

So next comes taking all of this information and creating some good food combining to maximize the nutritional effect of these foods to aid in relieving this pernicious pain in the back.