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Do you have stiff or painful joints?

Do you have stiff or painful joints?
By BioCare 15 days ago 1764 Views

Do you have sore, painful, stiff, injured, or loose joints/ligaments, or are you prone to injury or concerned about supporting your joints?

You might need support for joint or ligament structure and formation. Ligaments support our joints, holding them in place and facilitating smooth movement. Joints are made of molecules called GAGs (such as chondroitin from glucosamine), collagen and hyaluronic acid. Ligaments and tendons have more collagen providing tensile strength. Both joints and ligaments can be prone to wear and tear, stiffness, or even damage in an accident or exercising.

Joint degradation is characterised by inadequate GAG, proteoglycan and collagen synthesis to renew tissue that can be damaged through physical stress, trauma, autoimmunity or ageing. Enzymes involved in remodelling of joints and bone, as well as inflammation can become upregulated, creating further breakdown of the joints. This can result in weak, damaged or inflamed tissues, with restricted or painful movement.

Risk factors for joint degradation include:

  • Age
  • Gender – women are more prone to ligament injury and development of autoimmunity, which may be due to hormonal factors.
  • Joint injuries
  • Prolonged usage/excessive exercise
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity

What you can do with diet & lifestyle.

A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are both important factors for supporting our joints and maintaining bone health. Below you will find some useful tips and recommendations to help you support your joint health.

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Regular exercise is important for strengthening muscles surrounding the joints and supporting mobility. Low impact exercises such as swimming, walking, cycling and yoga can be beneficial for joint conditions.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce excess stress on the joints.
  • Physical therapies performed by chiropractors, osteopaths or massage therapists can help to release muscle tension around the joints, alignment, improve circulation to the joints and reduce pain.
  • Reduce stress through doing activities that you enjoy and taking time out to rest. Walks outside in the day can also help to balance hormones as well as regulating cortisol levels.

Dietary Recommendations

  • A Mediterranean-style diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains and healthy fats such as olive oil helps to increase antioxidant intake and reduce inflammation.
  • Reduce consumption of processed foods, high sugar foods and alcohol, which can promote inflammation.
  • Make sure you include protein with each meal as this is essential for collagen production and maintaining muscle mass.
  • Calcium-rich foods include: sardines, sesame seeds, collard greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard, broccoli and tofu.
  • Bone broth provides a natural source of glucosamine, gelatin and chondroitin to offer support for joints and ligaments.
  • Supporting the gut microbiome and digestive function can help with the absorption of essential minerals for joint health, as well as regulating inflammation. A diet high in plant foods will help to feed our beneficial gut bugs, as well as fermented foods such as kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Supplement Support

In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, you may want to look at some supplements to further support your joints.

Glucosamine MSM Complex

Specific Solution: Glucosamine MSM Complex contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin which are natural structural components of connective tissue such as cartilage,* with MSM, a form of sulphur.

  • Specific solution – One of our edited range of go-to specific solution products for your health concerns
  • Effective – Providing high dose glucosamine and chondroitin, which are key components of connective tissue in the body, including cartilage, synovial and bursal fluid, ligaments, and tendons
  • Optimum support – Also provides Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM), a natural source of sulphur. Sulphur is naturally found in various body tissues, including skin, tendons, and ligaments
  • Advanced – Glucosamine hydrochloride is a well-tolerated alternative to the commonly used sulphate form, delivering a high concentration of glucosamine for optimum effectiveness and absorption
  • No unnecessary additives
  • Environmentally friendly – Recyclable packaging
  • Trusted – We’ve been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • 45 days’ supply at 2 tablets per day

Collagen Complex

Combine with Collagen Complex containing collagen with vitamin C to support collagen formation in cartilage and tendons. 

  • Effective – Uses the superior form of type 1 marine collagen along with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for skin, joint, and bone support. Our collagen is easily absorbed and rapidly transported into the bloodstream, quickly reaching the target tissues
  • Advanced – Nucleotides are the building blocks of our DNA, especially needed for the fast-replicating cells of connective tissue
  • Specific solution – One of our edited range of go-to specific solution products for your health concerns
  • Comprehensive – Also includes a rich mix of antioxidants and flavonoids including vitamin C, zinc, hesperidin, rutin, and rosehip powder
  • Optimum support – Vitamin C supports collagen formation for heathy skin and bones, and protects cells from oxidative stress. Zinc contributes to normal DNA and protein synthesis
  • No unnecessary additives
  • Environmentally friendly – Recyclable packaging
  • Trusted – We’ve been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • 30/60 days’ supply at 2 capsules per day

Flexible option: Prefer a simpler, vegan option? Glucosamine Hydrochloride is a source of vegan glucosamine.