Bone and Joint Health Supplements
Soothe your aching bones, joints and muscles with our range of high quality bone and joint supplements including our uniquely formulated Glucosamine and Turmeric Tablets.
The Benefits of Bone and Joint Supplements
Joints creaking? Bones aching? You could be forgiven for thinking that this is an inevitable consequence of age. But the truth is that you’re never too old to enjoy healthy bones and joints.
At some point or another we all experience pain, stiffness and discomfort in our joints and bones. The good news is that we don’t have to accept this discomfort as an inevitability.
There are lots of supplements out there that can fortify the bones, and ease the movement of the joints. So you can enjoy greater mobility and flexibility.
In order to look after our bones and joints, we first need to understand exactly what they are.
Bones are made of connective tissue (collagen) fortified by calcium. They provide the structure of our skeleton and protect our vital organs.
Our bones are constantly building new cells and breaking down old tissue to keep themselves strong. Joints are the points of the body where two bones meet, allowing us to move.
Almost every bone in the body meets up with another bone at a joint. In total, there are over 360 joints in the human body!
Given the important role that our joints and bones play in your wellbeing, you need to do all you can to take care of them. That’s where we come in!
Bone & joint pain
Our bones and joints work tirelessly on our behalf all day, every day. As such, they can become subject to wear and tear.
From time to time, this may result in pain, stiffness and discomfort. If we’re to combat bone and joint pain, we need to understand what causes them.
Bone or musculoskeletal pain is most commonly caused by injury or hormone disorders.
Joint pain, on the other hand, is commonly caused by inflammation.
Within each joint is a sac of fluid that helps to cushion it from impact, like a shock absorber. These are called the bursae. When they get inflamed, this is called ‘bursitis’. Other common causes of joint pain include:
- Osteoarthritis- The type of arthritis caused by wear and tear
- Gout- A form of arthritis that causes sudden and severe joint pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis- An autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own tissues
- Injuries- Usually strains and sprains caused by not warming up before exercise
Around 30% of adults complain of joint pain at least once every 30 days. The knees are the most commonly afflicted joints, followed by the hips and shoulders.
How you can keep bones and joints healthy
When it comes to protecting your bones and joints, there’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
Here, we’ll look at some of the bases you’ll need to cover in order to keep your bones and joints healthy:
A healthy diet
A good diet is at the root of good health. And that’s as true for your bones and joints as it is for any other part of your body.
Opt for foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties like berries, cruciferous green veggies, peppers, avocado and turmeric.
You should also find a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. These increase blood flow to the joints and reduce pain and swelling.
Oily fish like salmon and herring are a great source of omega 3, as are nuts and seeds.
Vitamin D is also crucial for bone and joint health as it helps the body to absorb calcium. So as well as getting plenty of sunlight, make sure you get a good source of vitamin D in your diet like egg yolks, or oily fish. Some breakfast cereals are also fortified with vitamin D.
As Hippocrates once said, ‘let food be thy medicine’!
Avoid causes of inflammation
Alcohol and tobacco are known to have inflammatory properties.
Processed foods are also notorious for their inflammatory properties. Inflammation has not only been linked to joint pain, but also some forms of cancer.
A sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of healthy joints.
Regular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles that support your bones and joints. This means that they are subjected to less wear.
What’s more, a lifetime of sitting can lead to poor posture. Especially when you’re craning your head and neck forward to look at a screen. Poor posture can misalign the joints, subjecting them to more wear.
Staying active and exercising regularly will also help you to maintain a healthy weight. This in turn will help to alleviate pressure on the joints.
What vitamins and supplements can help with bone and joint pain?
A healthy diet is a great way to keep bones and joints healthy and pain-free. But even a balanced diet can develop nutritional gaps.
The right vitamins and supplements can help you to plug these gaps and keep bones and joints in peak condition.
Turmeric is a ground root often used for curry seasoning. It’s also a celebrated natural anti-inflammatory.
Studies have demonstrated that it can be effective in both preventing and reducing inflammation. A great natural alternative to medications like ibuprofen.
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance that can help to maintain and repair the cartilage in joints.
It’s also another natural anti-inflammatory, and inhibits the enzymes that can damage cartilage.
It’s hard to get into your diet naturally (unless you eat a lot of bone marrow), which is why supplementation may be beneficial. with glucosamine tablets being a great option.
Fish oil is a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids.
These help to control inflammation in the joints, and all over the body.
If you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet, there are also plant-based omega 3 supplements that work in much the same way.
Piperine is an alkaloid found in black pepper. As well as giving this spice its pungent taste, it is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
It has proven effective in treating different types of arthritis, alleviating pain and swelling.
Vitamin A is a vital building block of strong, healthy bones! It influences both the cells that build bone (osteoblasts) and the cells that break down bones (osteoclasts).
It’s important to get the right amount, however, as too much vitamin A can actually weaken bones.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights inflammation in the joints. What’s more, it also plays a large part in synthesising collagen. The main protein found in bones and joint tissue.
Vitamin E helps to preserve bone mass and reduce the risk of breaks and factors. It may also assist in the turnaround of new bone cells. So that broken-down tissue is replaced by stronger, healthier cells.
How to choose a bone and joint pain supplement
Getting enough of the nutrients to aid bone and joint health can be tricky. Even with a good diet.
Fortunately, supplements can fill in the gaps in your diet regimen and work hard behind the scenes to keep your bones and joints healthy. They can combat inflammation, and aid in the creation of healthy new cells.
Supplements can be taken in pill form, or can even be introduced through the skin via patches, for example glucosamine patches.
These may be beneficial for those who are uncomfortable swallowing pills or forget to take their supplements regularly.
We recommend consulting with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements. They may be able to advise on which are best suited to your needs, and how supplements may interact with any prescription medications you are currently taking.