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Taking Care of Your Joints through Good Nutrition

Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:18:00 PM Europe/London

The human body contains 206 bones, and if all these bones were fused together then humans would not be able to carry out the seemingly mundane duties of life like scratching an itch. The body contains both movable and partially-movable joints totaling to 230 joints. These Joints are the meeting points of two separate bones allowing for movement. There are two kinds of joints, the fibrous joints, and the synovial joints.

Synovial joints are hollow and contain a viscous fluid known as the synovial fluid that in normal conditions is thick, clear, colorless and elastic. Its elasticity is caused by the presence of a conjugated protein known as hyaluronic. Joints need to be well-taken care off in order to ensure that their movement is painless, easy and smooth. Joints can become stiff and less mobile if the joints are underutilized like in a sedentary lifestyle or succumb to great wear and tear due to use.

The presence of pain in any part of the body is an indicator of a malfunction in the body; therefore joint pains are a good indicator that there is a problem with the joints. Symptoms that are associated with joint ailments are like:

  • Exercise-related pain

This is pain that is brought abought by engaging in any exercise or constant movement and that quickly subsides as soon as the exercise seizes. In extreme cases, the pain might continue to be present even after the exercise is done.

  • Stiffness

This is where the joints are stiff after a short period of immobility like the rest. For example, where a person finds it painful to stand up after seating or continue walking after standing in one spot for a while.

  • Reduced mobility

This is where there is generally pain associated with any form of movement hence greatly impeding any strenuous or simple activity.

 

The symptoms that are related with joint ailments can be attributed to:

  • Injury

Injuries like falls, twists may cause damage to a joint and even though injuries to the joint are not normally preventable, proper care after an injury is important to ensure full recovery.

  • Osteoarthritis

This is a degenerative condition of the joints that causes strained movement and even though the exact cause of Arthritis has not been identified, it is believed to be caused by poor lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol intake, obesity, unhealthy eating habits that lead to low levels of calcium which in turn cause the bones to wear out at an accelerated rate.

  • Inflammatory joint disorders

When the joint lubrication is affected by inflammation of the joint capsule that houses the synovial fluid, movement becomes painful, and this is normally the case in rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

Research has shown that there are nutritional supplements and support that could be used to relieve joint aches and even restore worn out cartilage to the joints. These nutritional supports are like:

  • Extract from the White willow bark – this helps to reduce inflammation of the joints.
  • Yucca root powder – chemicals contained in them reduce inflammation and act as an anesthetic for pain associated to arthritis
  • Glucosamine sulfate – found in crustaceans like shrimp, serves to stimulate regeneration and repair of joints and acts as a good pain reliever.
  • Green Lipped Mussel Extract – contains omega-3 and proteins that help the repair of cartilage and ease in mobility.
  • Boswellin – a natural herb that has been used for its great anti-inflammatory properties and in maintaining joint health.
  • Grape Seed Extract – due to its anti-oxidant properties it improves the circulation of blood and also serves to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

A deficiency in any of the nutrients that support healthy joints will lead to stiffness, loss of mobility and pain due to the deterioration of the joints.


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