How to Support Your Joints and Relieve Joint Pain
One of the most common causes of joint pain is the reduction of cartilage – the thin protective layer which helps to cushion our knees, other joints and bones from grinding against one another. Fortunately, there is a range of substances available which may help to support your joints.
Four ingredients to support joint health
Found in the popular Indian spice turmeric, curcumin is a chemical with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin may block inflammatory enzymes and cytokines – the proteins that cause swelling and inflammation to occur. Studies have shown that curcumin may also help to reduce inflammation and joint pain.1
2. Glucosamine & Chondroitin
Glucosamine is one of the building blocks of cartilage, while chondroitin helps to keep our cartilage healthy by adding to its thickness and elasticity.2 Both substances occur naturally in our bodies, but mild osteoarthritis sufferers may benefit from supplementing. Studies suggest that these two substances may relieve pain associated with mild osteoarthritis.3
3. Vitamin C
We’re all familiar with vitamin C’s immune support properties, but less well-known is the fact that vitamin C has an important role to play in the production of collagen – another essential building block of cartilage.4 It’s important to consume plenty of vit C-rich foods like citrus fruits, strawberries, capsicums, Brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Just like vitamin C, zinc is important for healthy collagen production.5 Oysters, red meat and poultry all contain high levels of zinc, while beans, seeds, dairy products and fortified grains and cereals are also good sources. 6
Find out more about Nature’s Own’s joint support range and read more advice on how to support healthy joints.
1 Ashok Kumar Grover and Sue E. Samson. “Benefits of antioxidant supplements for knee osteoarthritis: rationale and reality.” Nutrition Journal (2016) 15:1
2 Mason, P. Chondroitin. Dietary Supplements 4th Ed. Pharmaceutical Press, London. 2012; http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/diet/current
3 Martel-Pelletier J, et al. First-line analysis of the effects of treatment on progression of structural changes in knee osteoarthritis over 24 months: data from the osteoarthrosis initiative progression cohort. Ann Rheum Dis 2015; 74(3): 547-56
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Published September 1, 2017
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