If you suffer from joint pain at common areas such as the knees, ankles and shoulders, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, joint pain is such a widespread problem that it has been a persistent complaint we hear from old folks around us.
Joints are connections in between two bones and often so, the pain is caused by wear-and-tear of the cartilages leading to inflammation, pain and stiffness in this area. The disease is also medically known as osteoarthritis. Risk factors vary from obesity to hereditary conditions with age being one of the most common risk factors.
Risk factors are often out of our control which is why it’s important we learn how to care for our joints before osteoarthritis develops and the pain sets in. Glucosamine is a natural compound found in the cartilage, the tough bone-like material that cushions joints. It is often prescribed as a health supplement for the treatment of osteoarthritis. In its supplemental form of glucosamine sulfate, studies have demonstrated that 1500mg a day helps to reduce knee pain. Glucosamine encourages the regrowth of cartilage and helps prevent further breakdown of these substances.
Chondroitin sulfate is also commonly found in the cartilages of the body. It has anti-inflammatory benefits which helps reduce pain and also slows down the wear and tear of cartilages. Not lacking in clinical studies, 1200mg chondroitin sulfate is commonly recommended together with 1500mg glucosamine sulfate which is clinically proven for pain reduction and recovery of knee function. The benefits are much better than any of them used alone! The optimum combination of 1500mg glucosamine and 1200mg chondroitin helps reduce joint pain and swelling, rebuild joint cartilages, slows down progression of osteoarthritis and helps improve quality of life in those with osteoarthritis.
Other To-Dos to Preserve Joint Health:
Getting the right nutrients
The bones are constantly being regenerated so they require a steady supply of the right raw materials. Besides glucosamine and chondroitin, get calcium, plenty of vitamin D and vitamin K2 for strong and healthy bones. Remember that the joints are always by the bones and keeping both healthy is the key to a healthy structure.
Do not think you’re still too young to worry
Osteoarthritis can happen even at a young age especially if weight is a persistent problem. Stay active and exercise regularly according to your ability. Light exercises and stretches help exercise the joints and prevent stiffness. Tip: Ensure that you breathe regularly while exercising and move at your own pace.
No matter the age, joints are an important part of our skeleton being the very reason we are able to move around. Treat joint pain and regain flexibility.
- Zeng, C. et al. Effectiveness and safety of Glucosamine, chondroitin, the two in combination, or celecoxib in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Sci. Rep. 5, 16827; doi: 10.1038/srep16827 (2015).
- Hochberg MC, Martel-Pelletier J, Monfort J, et al. Combined chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine for painful knee osteoarthritis: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial versus celecoxib. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Published Online First: 14 January 2015. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206792.