The Importance of joint supplement

It is inevitable that at some stage in life we will all suffer some form of joint pain. This could be hereditary, a result of our lifestyle, our habits or due to a combination of factors.

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With the passage of time, aging, excessive joint usage and diseases like osteo and rheumatoid arthritis means our bone joints become degenerated. To slow down, reduce or prevent this degeneration, adequate and appropriate physical activity, proper diet and a healthy life style is important.

Certain supplements (to be taken under guidance of a physician), if consumed regularly, can maintain your bone health and save you from leading a life of pain and discomfort. Joint supplements are formulations containing components similar to that of the human cartilages and they can help to relieve symptoms of joint pains.

The following are a few of the commonly available supplements, which have proven benefits to the health of our joints.

Glucosamine

It is long considered to promote joint health. Glucosamine is a naturally found compound in our cartilages and taking it as a supplement may help to reduce the dosage of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) as glucosamine has an anti-inflammatory effect, thereby diminishing osteoarthritis symptoms.

Studies suggest that Glucosamine can delay the progression of osteoarthritis but cannot cure the disease.

Chondroitin

This supplement is generally created from shark/beef cartilage and a combination of Chondroitin along with Glucosamine helps to relieve symptoms and slow down degeneration in osteoarthritic patients.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

This also has a beneficial effect on joint health. Naturally found in fishes and fish oils, supplementation with Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps in relieving joint tenderness especially during morning hours of the day.

Calcium

This is a preferred and naturally found supplement which helps in reduction of joint pain and inflammation. Animal food sources like milk and milk products are the most commonly found naturally available food source of high biological value Calcium in your daily diet.

Vitamin D

Its deficiency is associated with osteoporosis, osteomalacia and rheumatoid arthritis. Even though relation between sunlight and Vitamin D synthesis is well-known, many of us do not get enough natural sunlight. Taking Vitamin D supplements is an option if the nutritional requirements cannot be met through dietary intake.

Supplementing your diet

Vitamin C

A natural antioxidant, Vitamin C helps in the collagen synthesis resulting in muscular flexibility and improved joint health.

Gelatine

It is a natural lubricant which helps to reduce wear and tear of bone tissues.

 

Silicon

A component of the collagen, Silicon improves the strength and firmness of the tissues.

 

Methylsulfonymethane (MSM)

Found in most organic matter, MSM helps in collagen synthesis which is an essential component of the bones.

Vitamins can be expensive and usage of joint supplements has always been controversial, but there are strong arguments in favour of supplementing your diet. If in doubt, consult your physician first.

It is also worth remembering that nothing replaces the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet, combined with an active lifestyle.

Written by: Priyanka Dogra

 

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