Top 5 Nutrients for Joint Health
Healthy, pain-free joints are a precious commodity to healthy living. It’s obviously no surprise that we need solid joint structure and function to age well, play with our children or grandchildren, perform well in our athletic endeavors, be able to work and provide for our families, etc.
A healthy joint isn’t built solely with exercise and (hopefully!) regular chiropractic adjustments. What we provide our body in the way of nutrition, diet or supplement-wise, is critical to consider. After all, we are LITERALLY built from what we put into our body.
So what I’d like to do is give you my TOP 5 nutrients to include in your lifestyle for great joints below. Take a look!
Collagen Peptides: Collagen is loaded with compounds like glucosamine chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, amino acids like glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. It sets the foundation for healthy cartilage and discs AND is an essential component for strong bones! This particular study found collagen peptides may help with general muscular and joint soreness associated with exercise.
Turmeric: More specifically, curcumin, one of the active components of the golden spice. Curcumin has been studied extensively for various ailments, but one major benefit is the anti-inflammatory effects it can exert. For curcumin to be effective, it needs to be consumed with fat and a bit of black pepper, preferably.
Fish Oil: Omega-3 fatty acids have been long-touted for their benefits on lipid markers and cardiovascular health. One reason for that is that Americans, as a rule, consume much more omega-6 than omega-3, with an average ratio of 10:1, respectively. Life is much better when that ratio is closer to 1:1. And the only way you can do that is to supplement with a CLEAN source of omega-3 or be sure to get a couple servings of wild-caught salmon in your life per week. Flax and chia seeds also have favorable omega-3 content, BUT some have trouble converting those omega-3’s to the more bioavailable forms, genetically. Omega-3 fatty acids have certainly been shown to alleviate joint pain.
CBD Oil & Cream: You all know we love our Gloyeske Naturals CBD line. So, shameless plug here. The cream, particularly, has been extremely fast-acting on pretty much any joint patients have had issues with. Namely, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knees, wrists, feet, elbows, etc. Personally, given my sometimes questionable athletic pursuits, I’ve used all of our CBD products and I’m so thankful to have found something that works! Here’s a study showing benefit of topical CBD for those interested! Also don’t forget about our FREE CBD 101 Workshop on Sunday, October 20 at 5 PM being held at Root Yoga. Register here!
Ginger: In the same class of compounds as turmeric, ginger can act synergistically for a powerful 1-2-punch to kick joint pain and inflammation. Study here.
You’d be hard-pressed not to find benefit if you added some of these to your regimen. Give some of them a try! Click HERE to shop now and search for the items pictured in this article if you so desire. Feel free to send us an email if you have questions about any of these or other supplements.