Most of us take our joint health for granted and it’s not until we feel a twinge pain or suffer an injury that we start to take extra care of them. With over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body, there is plenty to care for. Taking a proactive and preventative approach can help you maintain and enjoy a healthy active lifestyle no matter how old or young you are.
Your moveable and semi-moveable joints are mainly comprised of cartilage, bone, tendons, muscle and ligaments. Millions of Australians are affected by some form of joint pain every day and every person will experience pain differently. Joint pain tends to revolve around the deterioration of cartilage which normally helps protect the joint and the end of the bones where the once smooth cartilage becomes uneven, causing friction and pitting of the bones. Tendons, ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint weaken and the joint becomes distorted, inflamed, painful and stiff.
Acute joint inflammation is immediate, such as an impact injury or fall, and is necessary for the healing process to begin. Chronic joint inflammation on the other hand, can last for several years, leading to destruction of tissue and thickening and scarring of connective tissues found within the joints. The 5 cardinal signs of inflammation include pain, swelling, heat, immobility and redness.
Natural support for healthy joints
- Curcumin for powerful anti-inflammatory activity
Curcumin, found in Turmeric root, has a long traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce joint pain and inflammation. Curcumin is considered the ‘master switch of inflammation’, helping to dampen down an inflammatory response, improving joint mobility and relieving stiffness and swelling associated with mild arthritic conditions. Look for Meriva® curcumin, a patented form of curcumin that has been clinically trialled for greater absorption and bioavailability than regular curcumin.
- Glucosamine maintains healthy joint function
Glucosamine stimulates the production of important structural components, including collagen, that make up joint cartilage, helping to normalise cartilage and joint function by promoting cartilage repair and preventing further damage to existing cartilage. Glucosamine also provides anti-inflammatory activity to help improve symptoms of pain, joint tenderness and joint swelling.
- Magnesium for muscle tension and cramps
Muscles help to stabilise joints and when there is joint pain and inflammation, it can change the way you use your muscles, putting them under greater pressure. Magnesium maintains normal muscle contraction and relaxation and it can be used for the relief of muscle tension, cramps or spams. An active lifestyle increases your body’s requirements for magnesium and using magnesium during exercise can help maintain your active lifestyle.
- Calcium for strong, healthy bones
Joints are where two or more bones meet, making the skeleton flexible, and are attached by ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Bones continually change over your lifetime where your body constantly renews and remodels bone by breaking down old bone and replacing it with new bone. Calcium helps to promote strong bones for healthy joint movement and to maintain bone density.
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