The Curse of the Ageing Joints
Have you started to notice that you may not be quite as supple as you remember? Maybe you can’t quite reach your toes like you used to be able to or perhaps climbing the stairs is beginning to cause you some knee pain? Maybe you are feeling like it’s finally happening to you…you are getting older! The questions naturally follow; ‘why do my joints hurt as I age?’ and ‘what can I do about it?’
As you grow older it becomes increasingly common for your joints to become stiff, swollen and painful. This is likely due to wear and tear over time, accelerated by inactivity, injury or perhaps you engaged in a lot of high impact sport as a youngster. These processes place pressure on the joint and cause the cartilage, a component of joint tissue which absorbs impact and lubricates movement to become damaged. The joint then becomes inflamed, swollen and painful, making it difficult to move around, which often leads to further degradation. Over time, the end result may be mild osteoarthritis which can hinder your ability to do many of those activities that you enjoy.
Although mild arthritis becomes increasingly common with age, the good news is there are things you can do to help maintain healthy joints. Participating in regular exercise at an appropriate intensity and eating a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet (eg. lots of vegetables and good fats) may contribute to keeping your joints healthy. Nutritional supplements like Ethical Nutrients Hi-Strength Fish Oil help reduce joint inflammation, whilst Advanced Joint Protect and Repair may also help to protect against cartilage degradation2 and improve your mobility and joint health.
A Turning Point for Painful Joints?
What in the world of Natural Medicine can help protect joints and relieve joint pain? There may be a number of nutrients that spring to mind in answer to this question, but glucosamine and dimethyl sulfone (also called methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM) should be among the first.
Glucosamine may support joint health and relieve pain by:
- Helping to repair damaged cartilage tissue
- Helping to produce synovial fluid – a joint lubricant that helps to reduce friction
- Reducing inflammation.
Glucosamine comes in a couple of different forms. Glucosamine sulfate (the form used in Ethical Nutrients Advanced Joint Protect and Repair) has been found to be superior for reducing the symptoms associated with mild osteoarthritis.1
MSM also has a number of properties that make it valuable for improving joint pain. Specifically, MSM may directly reduce inflammation2 which leads to cartilage damage and is an effective natural pain reliever. 3However, not all MSM’s are created equal. Ethical Nutrients Advanced Joint Protect and Repair utilises OptiMSM® - a proprietary form of MSM, which is manufactured via distillation rather than crystallisation to optimise purity. Distillation is the most effective process for minimising contamination from toxins such as: phenols, heptane, benzene and toxic metals that might negatively impact health.
Ethical Nutrients Advanced Joint Protect and Repair is an impressive tool that may reduce the symptoms associated with mild arthritis. Not only does it contain glucosamine sulfate and OptiMSM® but a number of additional ingredients aimed at keeping your joints healthy, such as vitamins C, D and K, boron, manganese, silica and zinc. If you face a daily struggle with joint stiffness or pain, Ethical Nutrients Advanced Joint Protect and Repair may be just the ally that you are looking for!
Give Mild Arthritis the Slip with Fish Oils
Fish oils are famous for their multitude of health benefits, particularly when it comes to mild arthritis. In fact, Arthritis Australia recommend fish oil to reduce inflammation and the pain and stiffness associated with mild arthritis; however, to be effective fish oils need to be taken on an ongoing basis at a dose of 2.7 g of omega-3 daily.4 Just 1 teaspoon of Ethical Nutrients Hi-Strength Fish Oil or 4 capsules of Ethical Nutrients Hi-Strength Fish Oil Capsules provides the recommended 2.7 g of omega-3 daily. As fish oil needs to be of high quality and purity to achieve the greatest benefits, Ethical Nutrients Fish Oils exceed the Australian standard for purity from heavy metals and other toxins; and just as importantly they come from sustainable sources. If you feel that the symptoms of mild arthritis are getting the best of you, just remember, fish oil daily may help keep mild arthritis at bay.
Four Tips to Keep You Limber for Longer
Supplements such as good quality fish oil may provide significant benefit for the symptoms of mild arthritis, but there is more that you can and should be doing. Diet and lifestyle are crucial for all aspects of health, including maintaining healthy joints. The following four tips are simple but they can have a big impact on helping you stay limber for longer:
- Exercise – you know it is important to be active for general wellbeing, but exercise really is crucial to maintain healthy joints as cartilage relies on movement for nutrient delivery and clearance of waste materials. Yoga, Pilates and aqua aerobics are particularly gentle yet effective exercise options if you currently have mild arthritis.
- Remove any ‘pain promoting’ foods – diet is extremely important to maintain all aspects of health and your joints are no different. Remove or minimise caffeine, alcohol, sugar, packaged/processed foods and deep fried/take away food as they may all contribute to increased inflammation, which can lead to pain.
- Increase your intake of ‘anti-inflammatory’ – eat 4 to 5 handfuls of different coloured vegetables each day, including plenty of green leafy veggies. Choose unrefined whole grains, 2 to 3 pieces of fruit, and 1 to 2 handfuls of foods rich in good fats, ie. oily fish, avocado, nuts, seeds or flaxseed oil, etc. Make sure also you drink 2 L of water each day to help keep your joints hydrated.
- Take advantage of complementary therapies – acupuncture, physiotherapy, podiatry, massage and osteopathy may all help to stretch or strengthen the muscles around joints to improve their range of motion.
Diet and lifestyle choices play a huge part in maintaining good joint health. Utilise these four tips to keep your joints moving and strong, so you can keep up with the younger generations.
*References available on request.