Supplements For Joint Health
There are just some parts of our bodies that go unnoticed until we are forced to notice them. One of these is our joints. Until we have pain in our knees or injuries impacting this part of us do we then seek to find ways in which to help them. The problem with this is that joint care is something we should be striving for sooner in life as conditions like arthritis can creep up on us when we least expect it. With arthritis affecting over 82 million people in the US, it may be time to understand what remedies you can add to your daily life in order to boost joint health.
How Do Joints Go Bad?
As kids we run around in circles, jumping and falling. Though then, falling was just a mere stop at a joyful moment. Now it may take us a moment to get ourselves up off the ground. Joints usually start getting stiff as we age. This is due to the cartilage, which can be thought about as the sponginess that sits between our bones, starts to stiffen and become dry. With time we don’t produce the same fluids that keep them moist anymore. On top of this, there are many ways we can be continuously doing day to day damage to them. When we are carrying extra weight, wearing the wrong shoes, carrying heavy loads, slouching in our chairs or even sleeping on our stomachs. Putting into perspective just how out of sight and out of mind our joints can be.
How Can I Improve My Joints?
If healthy joints haven’t been on the top of your list, don’t stress. Along with exercising regularly, including strengthening your core, weight training, low impact cardio and making sure you are stretching, we also have supplements for joints. Ultra Joint Support Complex includes seven of the most common ingredients that support joint mobility, flexibility and comfort. These include:
Studies have shown some promising conclusions when it comes to glucosamine, but which type of glucosamine tends to matter. Some studies don’t differentiate between glucosamine hydrochloride and glucosamine sulfate, causing some confusion. However, studies that have been solely done on glucosamine sulfate, which is seen as the superior type, have shown it can reduce joint stiffness and pain. So much so, that it may at some point reduce your necessity of taking anti-inflammatory or other pain medications.
Turmeric has long been the anti-inflammatory king and has risen to fame in more recent years. Its yellow pungent colour can be found in many Indian dishes but doesn’t only pack a punch of flavour. Studies can back up the claim as just 1,000 mg a day could alleviate joint pain symptoms and treatments of eight to 12 weeks can reduce arthritis pain. Not that you shouldn’t be trying to consume turmeric almost every day, with a pinch of black pepper of course.
Also known as frankincense, this ingredient come from the bark of the Boswellia tree found in India, North Africa and the Middle East. As a natural supplement, it is utilized in Ayurveda medicine which is a traditional Indian practice that has been around for far longer than you or I. Its anti-inflammatory properties are much like turmeric and are said to be able to reduce pain in the joints. In fact, in combination with turmeric, or more so the active ingredient curcumin, studies have found that it was better in pain management of osteoarthritis. It was also found to be helpful in the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
While the joint sits between our bones, cartilage is the connective tissue that cushions your joints. Chondroitin is the building block of cartilage and is found naturally in our bodies. When we take chondroitin daily, we could see the reduction of collagen breakdown in our joints. This is probably the simplest way we can show you why chondroitin is great for joint health. On top of this, it is said that long term use could even be used as a preventive measure for osteoarthritis. As it is naturally occurring in the body, the side effects that many have with the use of NSAIDs will be lower.
When we look at fruits, vegetables, tea or even wine, we see a pigment (the natural colouring). This pigmentation is a part of a plant compound known as flavonoids and is one of the richest sources of antioxidants. In relation to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), studies have been successful in piecing together just how effective quercetin is on our joints. Studies not only found that morning stiffness and RA pain were significantly less in patients but also just how much quercetin could be effective in the future treatment and prevention of autoimmune diseases.
With a funny name like SAMe, S-adenosyl-L-methionine is a naturally occurring amino acid that our liver produces. There are several benefits that come along with it, but one of the pillars is it can help our cartilage production and repair damage. The interesting part of Methionine being studied is that compared to the popular painkiller Celebrex, it was able to produce the same outcome in just a little bit more time. Once again, as it's naturally produced in our bodies, you won't have to worry about the side effects that can come along with NSAIDs.
Say it with me now, Methylsulfonylmethane. You were close.
MSM is not only naturally occurring in the human body but can also be found in plants and animals. It is generally utilized as an anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce pain or swelling and is searched out often by those using alternative medicine. Though its most popular use is for joint pain. It does not only benefit those with joint degeneration but is said to stop cartilage breakdown as well. Patients also reported that it greatly increased their quality of life!
Fruits are filled with magical properties that help in inflammation and get us the antioxidants we always need. Bromelain is an ingredient that comes from the sweet and weirdly grown fruit, pineapple. We can find the usual anti-inflammatory properties, but can also find analgesic properties which are specific to relieving pain. It is also seen as a great treatment for joint stiffness and soft tissue swelling and is a safer alternative to NSAIDs for osteoarthritis.
It’s quite a list, but when it comes to the importance of our joint health we need to be taking the correct precautions to ensure a long life of adventures and dancing. To make it a little easier for you, we have all of these ingredients packed into our Ultra Joint Support Complex which has all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free, GMO-free and lactose-free. Providing you with a supplement you’ll feel confident in taking.
Written By: Kristina Innemee