Joints are a little bit like couch cushions. Over time, the padding between your bones, called cartilage, gets worn out and flattens down — a condition known as osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, dealing with worn joints is not as simple as fixing or replacing a couch. And whether your joints wear out may not be entirely in your control.
Factors that can affect joint health
Older age – The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age.
Sex – Osteoarthritis occurs more commonly in women.
Obesity – Increased weight puts added stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. Fat tissue also produces proteins that may cause harmful inflammation in and around the joints.
Joint injuries – Injuries (e.g. from playing sports or from injuries an accident) may increase the risk of osteoarthritis, even if these injuries occurred many years ago and seem to have healed.
Certain Occupations – Tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint, may cause osteoarthritis to develop in that joint over time.
Genetics – Some people inherit a tendency to develop osteoarthritis.
Bone deformities – Some people are born with malformed joints or defective cartilage, which can increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
Steps to keep your joints healthy
You can take steps to keep your joints working well for as long as possible. Below are some strategies you can use to protect them.
Know your risk factors. Several factors increase your risk of osteoarthritis. In addition to family history, your sex matters — women are more prone to the condition than men. There are also non-genetic risk factors, such as a past injury to a tendon or cartilage.
Avoid activities that put heavy stress on joints. If you suspect you’re at risk for osteoarthritis, you might want to avoid activities that unnecessarily tax susceptible joints. This might include long-distance running, deep squats and lunges, dead lifts, and using heavy weights or kettlebells. Opt for gentler activities, such as swimming, cycling, workouts on low-resistance elliptical trainers, or a walking program on level ground.
Maintain a healthy weight. Much like lifting heavy weights can put a strain on your joints, the same is true when you add extra pounds to your frame.Even an extra 10 to 20 pounds can put a huge amount of extra stress on your joints.
Distinguish between different types of arthritis. Not all cases of arthritis are osteoarthritis. Some joint problems are triggered by a faulty immune system response.
Try physical therapy. If you have a problem joint, it can help to work with a physical therapist to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
Take a conservative approach. If you experience an injury, it’s not necessarily best to rush to a surgical solution — particularly if you’re over 40.
What are the natural ingredients in JointBenefit that may assist in reducing painful joints?
The green lipped mussel is found along the New Zealand coast. The active component from the mussel is a lipid (fat) rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (mostly omega-3 fatty acids). Green lipped mussel extract has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring organosulfur compound. It has antiinflammatory effects, as well as antioxidant effects. It is commonly used in patients suffering from osteoarthritis who experienced improvement in their symptoms following supplementation with MSM. MSM is effective in reducing pain and has demonstrated improvements in stiffness and swelling in patients with osteoarthritis. MSM has shown benefits for cartilage protection as well as improvements in range of motion and physical function.
Your natural joint health supplement
Benefits may include:
- Anti-inflammatory effects.
- Pain reduction.
- Improvements in stiffness and swelling.
- Protection of cartilage.
- Improvements in range of motion and physical function.