How to support your joints and keep active: Health 2000 (Nelson)
Tips for staying active
Being physically active is vital to staying healthy no matter your age! Exercise supports mental and cognitive health by increasing hormones called endorphins. Exercise also helps maintain muscle flexibility, mass and strength, your lungs get to expand to fill capacity with each breath, and your ‘ticker’ gets a workout. Other positive factors include better weight control, bone health, heart health, more energy, increased blood sugar balance, posture maintenance, balance and stamina.
Getting off the couch is easier when you have activities that you love – this might be dancing, walking the dog, swimming, going for a bike ride, yoga or tennis. It can also be more fun and easier to stick to a schedule when exercising with a buddy. According to a Japanese study, older adults who exercised alone or with others both had similar physical health benefits. However, those who exercised with others were found to exercise more often and had the additional benefits of emotional and social support.
Whatever your activity of choice or level of intensity, getting moving is much harder when your mind says “Let’s go!” but your joints say, “No!” This is where traditional supplements to support body movement come in to support an active life.
How your joints impact exercise
Your joints make the connection between the bones that allow you to flex, bend and move, enabling you to walk, run and participate in the activities that you enjoy. Smooth tissue known as cartilage and a lubricant called synovial fluid help to cushion your joints so the bones don’t rub on each other. However, injuries, increased weight, and wear and tear from ageing can damage your joints causing pain, swelling and reduced motion in the joint making it harder to do the activities you enjoy.
Nutrients for joints
It has been known for a while that certain nutrients and phytobotanicals can support your joint health. If maintaining an active lifestyle is important to you, it is worth investigating alternative natural joint supplements. Below are nutrient supplements that are becoming increasingly popular that you may not yet have heard about:
Curcumin extract and boswellia: Both phytonutrients have been used together and separately by herbalists to support joints. One study evaluated 40 to 70 year olds and found this combination supported joint comfort and joint flexibility especially in the mornings.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): Exercise has been shown to damage muscle and increase inflammatory responses. Of course not everyone is into extreme exercise, but a trial in 2014, people competing in half marathons were given this sulphur-based nutritional supplement post-exercise. Results showed that it supported recovery from the stressors of intense exercise. This and other similar studies have concluded that MSM supported comfort after exercise as well as supporting your connective tissue.
Supplements to help
Numerous studies have demonstrated the biological activity of Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin, supporting joint, brain, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health. It’s made from a 95 percent concentrated curcumin extract made up of micelle molecules, supporting greater bioavailability and increased absorption.
Having an active lifestyle can cause your muscles and joints to be overworked and more troublesome during and after more active days. Solgar No. 7 is the next generation in joint care, free from glucosamine and chondroitin. Its seven active ingredients – curcumin, boswellia extract, vitamin C, UC-II, ginger root, willow bark and cayenne pepper – support numerous pathways to support your physical stressors while supporting sensitive joints.
The resin from the frankincense tree is an extract which is traditionally used in Asia and Africa to support joint comfort, respiratory and gastrointestinal health. In recent years, this ingredient found in Boswellia Resin Extract, has gained popularity to support joint comfort for those who have areas of joint stiffness and twinges.
Lastly, Solgar MSM is often labelled as a beauty supplement as it supports skin, nail and hair health. This sulfur-based nutritional supplement is increasingly becoming popular with physically active people. MSM is shown to have a supportive role in your body’s healthy connective tissue, joints, and muscles, as well as energy levels, therefore supporting recovery after exercise.
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