Taking Charge of Your Health

Hi everyone. Welcome back to another edition of Ask the
ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. I always get a lot of questions about supplements
that can help to support joint health and even to reduce joint pain. Maybe that’s because in a recent survey conducted,
1/3 of adults have reported some form of joint pain in the last 30 days. Before learning about supplements that can
help support your joints, it’s important to have an understanding of anatomy. In the body, the point at which 2 or more
bones connect are called joints. Within joints, there is connective tissue
called cartilage, which helps prevent the bones from grinding against one another. Ligaments are elastic bands of tissue that
connect 2 bones together and hold them in place. Lastly, tendons are what attach muscle to
bones. Strong muscles help support and protect joints. Regular physical activity is extremely important
for keeping your joints healthy as it keeps the muscles that surrounds the joints strong
and functioning properly. On top of regular physical activity, a healthy
and well-balanced diet is also important for a number of reasons. First, it helps to control weight, which can
put less pressure on your joints. Secondly, it provides a variety of nutrients
that are needed for overall health. And lastly, certain types of food, such as
trans fats, saturated fats, and fried foods have been shown to promote inflammation in
the body. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the
supplements that can help keep your joints healthy. Here’s the rundown. Glucosamine is found in high concentration
in joint tissue. It is commonly used for a form of arthritis,
known as osteoarthritis. This is where the cartilage in the joint begins
to break down. It causes one bone to rub against another
bone, which creates a lot of pain, inflammation and even swelling. Glucosamine may help to build cartilage and
creates glycosaminoglycanes, which can keep the joint healthy. It may also reduce joint pain, inflammation
and stiffness. It is commonly combined with chondroitin and
MSM, which are also beneficial for joint health. The 2 types of omega 3’s prevalent in fish
oil are EPA, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, and DHA, Docosahexaenoic Acid. Studies show that EPA and DHA may have anti-inflammatory
properties, which make them beneficial for an inflammatory condition. Vitamin D, long known as the sunshine vitamin,
also plays a crucial role in bone and joint health. Low levels of Vitamin D have been associated
with autoimmune conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, research published in the journal
of rheumatology found that levels of vitamin D are associated with disease activity, levels
of inflammatory markers and bone loss. Turmeric is an herb that belongs to the ginger
family. Curcumin is one of the main active constituents
found in Turmeric. Curcumin may reduce the pain, stiffness and
inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Boswellia, also know as Frankincesnse, is
another plant with anti-inflammatory and inflammation modulating properties. It may be beneficial for rheumatic and connective
tissue inflammation such as in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and trauma from sprains
and strains. Boswellic acid makes up the main active ingredients
of Boswellia. The most important for inflammation is Acetyl-11-ketobeta-boswellic
acid or AKBA, so you’ll want to make sure that your supplement contains this active
ingredient. Remember, it’s always important to check with
your health care provider before starting any herbs or supplements due to their potential
for side effects and interactions. For more information on individual supplements,
such as Vitamin D and Glucosamine, subscribe to our Youtube channel. Thank you for watching another edition of
Ask the ND. From all of us here at LuckyVitamin, spread
the wellness.

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