Joint & bone health
What Are Joints? Joints are the tissues that connect bones and help support movements throughout the body. They are what help you bend your elbows and knees, and flex your fingers and feet. Most of the joints designed for movement are called synovial joints because they have a small, fluid-filled space between the surfaces called a synovial cavity. This fluid acts as a lubricant, cushioning the joints so the bones don’t rub together. Cartilage, the spongy tissue on the end of each bone, reduces friction and acts as a cushion between joints and helps support our weight when we move. Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that has two components: water and matrix. About 85 percent of cartilage is water, but it decreases to about 70 percent in older people. The matrix is comprised of collagens, proteoglycans, and non-collagenous proteins. Cartilage lacks a blood supply, making it slow to heal.
Joint pain affects millions of people every single day and is a symptom tied to dozens of different disorders. One of the most common causes of joint pain is osteoarthritis (OA). Joint pain from OA results from the breakdown of cartilage that cushions joints. Aging, carrying too much weight, and other factors can cause wear and tear on your joints, and lead to arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the second most common form, and it causes pain, inflammation, and fluid build-up as the body’s immune system attacks the membrane that lines the joints. RA can deform the joints over time. Pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually the first choice for pain relief, but they can cause gastrointestinal upset, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney problems. However, there are other options available.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish oils, are known for reducing inflammation. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition looked at the benefits of fish oil for arthritis treatment, particularly the role of EPA and DHA in reducing joint pain and swelling. They found not only that EPA and DHA from marine sources helped reduce joint pain and swelling, but also that these omega-3 fatty acids helped improve morning stiff ness in the joints, one of the symptoms of RA. Another study found that daily supplementation with omega-3s had such a positive effect on RA that it reduced the need for NSAIDs.
Boswellia is an Ayurvedic herb that has traditionally been used to treat inflammatory diseases. Also known as Indian frankincense, it comes from the Boswellia serrate tree, native to India. Studies show that boswellia inhibits the synthesis of leukotrienes, the agents responsible for inflammation. Research has also shown that it can help reduce pain and swelling, and improve mobility in people with arthritis or OA. It appears to be especially helpful in easing symptoms of OA in the knee.
Turmeric & Curcumin
Traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis, curcumin, a key compound of turmeric, blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Studies show that curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. Dozens of studies have shown that turmeric is more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation. An additional benefit is that turmeric also decreases the pain in RA patients. In a study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, daily turmeric supplementation was shown to have not only anti-inflammatory properties but also analgesic properties comparable to ibuprofen.
TurQjoint, from Yogicsecret provides you with the incredible medicinal power of Boswellia and Turmeric as anti-inflammatory and provides relief from joint pain. Omega 360° with the power of EPA and DHA provides relief from morning stiffness in the joints and helps reduce use of NSAIDS.