Achy Breaky Joints!
We all know aches and pains come with the gains, but we need to look beyond how our muscles react to our intense fitness regimes and be sure to pay attention to those glorious joints that DO take a beating!
Did you know most Chiropractors also recommend that if you’re 30 or older, you should be taking preventative steps to avoid joint pain? So how do we prevent Joint pain? So, let’s talk about this for a second. Joint pain is commonly thought of as referring just to knees, hands, and hips. The truth is much deeper. In our spine alone, there are over 100 different joints! That is over 100 various potential sources of pain in just our spines. So you can see there is a lot of reason (roughly 100) to take this article seriously and look into optimal joint health.
So let’s break down Joint Health when looking at Supplements.
There is one active ingredient that you find in almost every single Joint Supp. Glucosamine. It’s a natural chemical compound in our bodies that keep our cartilage healthy and spongey (for lack of a better word). Unfortunately, as with all our naturally produced chemicals and hormones, our Glucosamine levels dip as we get older, creating joint pain, arthritis, back pain, and an almost endless list of things we need to avoid to be able to stay in the gym.
Glucosamine is naturally found in certain traditional foods like chicken soup, Seafood, and beef broth. However, dietary restrictions or a busy life can stop us from getting what we need. Taking Glucosamine-loaded SUPPs helps prevent the degradation of our cartilage and even helps stimulate cartilage growth in our joints that need it. Additionally, Glucosamine is recommended for individuals to prevent joint pain AND treat it. So regardless of your age and your joint health, it should be an essential part of your SUPP routine and needs to be something we all think more about.
Take a look at some joint supps I cannot recommend enough.
One of my favorites for joint health is Joyful Joints by Vital Alchemy. It has everything our bodies need for joint health and rehabilitation (if needed). Additionally, its ingredients will go as far as a SUPP can go to create extraordinary preventative measures. Yes, it’s loaded with Glucosamine… That’s a given. But Joyful Joints also have natural anti-inflammatories like Turmeric and Bromelain (Pineapple extract). Combining this with its Vitamin C and Cissus Quadrangularis, your joints and bones have everything they need to stay healthy while we continue to push our bodies further and further. My favorite aspect of Joyful Joints has to be the addition of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s an additional supplement that our joints need to stay healthy. It creates more vital Synovial fluid in our cartilage. Basically, that is the fluid that bathes our joints and functions as joint lubrication. Hyaluronic Acid isn’t something you see in every Joint supplement; however, it should be! Joyful Joints is one of the most well-rounded Joint SUPP’s and should be everyone’s ‘go-to’ supplement in Joint health.
Joint and Tissue by Myogenix was formulated to target both hard and soft tissues by working with your body’s immune system. So Myogenix was “up in the lab with a pen and a pad” (only the cool will get that) and created UCII’. UCII’ is undenatured type II collagen, a revolutionary new dietary ingredient that works with the immune system to promote healthy joints through oral tolerization. This helps the body tell the difference between good stuff, like ingredients in supplements, and bad stuff like Bacteria. So yea… Myogenix did the damn thing.
Turmeric 95 is an enhanced form of curcumin that combines Hi-Tech’s Cyclosome delivery system, provides more significant benefits than its relative native curcumin. Native curcumin is poorly absorbed and rapidly metabolized before much of its benefits can be implemented. With Tumeric 95s, advanced and effective delivery, it helps with inflammation in a major way. We have all heard the buzz around Tumeric, and Hi Tech Pharms did not waste time in the lab making sure to optimize its potential benefits.
Well, that is it for this week Gym Rats! Be sure to really look into your joint health as I know we all want to be grinding for a long time to come.
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