Keep Your Joints Healthy for a Better Life!
Many of us take our joints for granted. We do not pay attention to them until it’s too late. Whether you sit in an office all day or a marathon runner, you should pay attention to your joint health. By giving proper care to our joints, we can keep them strong and flexible. Maintaining healthy joints will help us to live an active lifestyle and allowing us to enjoy our lives.
Support Your Body with Joint Health Nutrients
It is never too late to start eating healthy, keeping our body hydrated, and exercising to help support our joint health. But getting the most important joint-health nutrients, like glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen, through foods can be difficult. Most foods are low in these nutrients and it’s not feasible to meet your body’s required intake. Incorporating joint-health supplements in our diet is a more efficient way to meet the needs of our joints and keep them healthy.
A handful of nutrients have been scientifically proven to support joint function and strength. If you experience stiffness, discomfort, and/or pain in your joints, and if you want to avoid the side effects of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, the supplements listed below may be a better option to support your joints.
Beneficial Joint Support Supplements
Glucosamine Sulfate: A naturally occurring compound found in healthy cartilage, your body’s connective tissue, particularly in the fluid around the joints and in other connective tissues. It is widely known to support joint health by helping cartilage keep its strong sponge-like quality.1
Chondroitin Sulfate: Another naturally occurring compound found in your joints as well as hair, skin and nails. Chondroitin, often found in combination with glucosamine, works synergistically to support joint health. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates are often used to replenish these key components of connective tissue, and hair shine and nails. 2
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): It is an organic compound that provides a source of dietary sulfur which is critical in building and strengthening cartilage and helps improve joint flexibility.3
Type II Collagen: Type II collagen makes up 50% - 60% of protein cartilage in humans. It is involved in supporting joint health and function by helping enhance the normal production of proteoglycans in the joints.4
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Polyunsaturated fatty acids).5 Although mostly known for heart health, Omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA & DHA, have been shown to be effective in reducing swollen and tender joints.6
It is never too late to take care of your joints. A good start is researching brands that are known to have high quality supplement producers and known for their manufacturing standards, testing, and nutrient potency. Having healthy joints is important for living our best lives.
For more information visit the Joint Health section on the Doctor's Best site.
Kimxa Stark, Pharma.D.
Dr. Stark graduated from the French School of Pharmacy of Paris in 2002. Her career has included experiences in the community and hospital settings. Dr. Stark has worked closely with many patients and doctors to help aid them with all their medical and nutritional needs. Although her pharmacy school training has taught her that pharmaceutical medications can save lives, Dr. Stark also believes in promoting wellness through the use of natural and holistic remedies.
Her philosophy is: "Do no harm and start with the least harmful treatment and go up from there.”