Supplements for Joint Health
As we age we naturally tend to have more aches and pains. Typically this pain happens in the joints and can be chronic.
Often times in knees, hands, elbows, shoulders, hips and elsewhere. In most cases, this is caused by the most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis – a gradual, wear and tear form of arthritis in which the cartilage surrounding the joints breaks down.
Osteoarthritis affects almost one fourth of people in the United States.
The standard medical treatment for this condition is to take pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These may ease the pain, but used over the long-term, they can result in further cartilage destruction. A much better course of action is to use dietary supplements that are known to effectively treat joint pain.
Here is a round up of the best options and what the current research says about them.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin:
This combo is one of the most popular supplements for treating pain, including joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. The pain-relieving effects attributed to this supplement have to do with its anti-inflammatory benefits. Glucosamine is a natural constituent of cartilage and one of the most well-studied supplements for osteoarthritis.
When taken over a long period of time, glucosamine may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is an important building block required by the body to manufacture molecules called glycosaminoglycans, which are found in human cartilage.
Like glucosamine, chondroitin is a building block of cartilage, and known to help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and reduce joint pain and stiffness in people with osteoarthritis. According to one study, about 53 percent of people who take chondroitin have a 20 percent or greater improvement in knee pain. Chondroitin may also slow down the progression of osteoarthritis when taken long-term. Chondroitin accelerates the repair of joints by serving as a building block for cartilage. It also holds water, allowing nutrients to pass easily through cartilage. This is important because cartilage has no blood supply running through it.
Both glucosamine and chondroitin work through pathways that regulate inflammation, cartilage manufacture, and immunity.
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Most studies with these substances have been favorable, particularly in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), the wear and tear of the joints that takes place with age and impact trauma (even exercise) on the joints. Research shows that glucosamine and chondroitin improve pain, help maintain the integrity of the joints, and stimulate the rebuilding of cartilage.
So if you’re walking around with aching, inflamed joints, it’s time to start supplementing with this stuff.
Use our Maxi Flex supplement to obtain these nutrients. The daily usage is two tablets a day.
Singh, J., et al. 2015. Chondroitin for osteoarthritis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, January 28.
Need more details on how these supplements help with Osteoarthritis, visit: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/glucosamine-and-chondroitin-for-osteoarthritis