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Exploring the Nutrients and Chemicals Inside a Spinal Disc

Updated: Apr 9

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Spinal discs, the cushions between vertebrae, are essential for spinal flexibility and shock absorption. Understanding the nutrients and chemicals within these discs sheds light on their importance for spinal health.

Nutrients: Spinal discs are avascular, meaning they lack direct blood supply. Instead, they rely on diffusion to obtain nutrients from surrounding tissues. Key nutrients include water, oxygen, glucose, and amino acids, which support disc hydration, metabolism, and repair.

Chemicals: Proteoglycans and collagen are the primary chemicals found in spinal discs. Proteoglycans attract and retain water, maintaining disc hydration and elasticity. Collagen provides structural integrity and helps withstand compressive forces.

While maintaining proper nutrition and hydration is crucial for spinal disc health, factors like aging, injury, and poor posture can lead to disc degeneration and pain.

If you’re experiencing disc-related pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Contact Kailua Wellness Center at 808-261-8181 for expert care and guidance.

Visit for more information on how they can assist you in managing disc pain and promoting spinal health.


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2. Urban, J. P. G., & Roberts, S. (2003). Degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 5(3), 120–130.

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