Q. Dear Terry, “I am a 72-year-old man with arthritis in my left knee that has been giving me more trouble recently. It’s hard to get up and going in the morning due to the stiffness and pain. I frequently have to rest my knee during the day. I am hoping there are some natural things that can help. Any suggestions?” – Curtis D., Boca Raton, FL
A. Dear Curtis, The most common joint disorder in the United States is osteoarthritis, often-abbreviated OA. It is estimated that at least 10% of adults over the age of 60 have some degree of OA. Fortunately, there are really supportive natural ingredients that can help with joint issues.
Hyaluronic acid is a required component of collagen, cartilage, and joint fluid. It helps nourish the shock-absorbing “cushions” in the joints, which keeps them lubricated for flexibility, minimizing pain, and staying more mobile. Look for a hyaluronic acid that is naturally complexed with polysaccharides and collagen.
Type 2 collagen is very important for joint health. It makes up 90% of the articular cartilage, which is the kind of cartilage found in joints. Type 2 collagen has been shown to relieve joint pain, swelling, and tenderness. Like all joint-rebuilding nutrients, it can take some time – some of the studies have been for over three months. I prefer native type 2 collagen as it helps to modulate the immune system and prevent further attack on our joints.
Glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate are two of the best known raw materials your body uses to build and maintain strong, flexible joints. Having both in your regimen gives you a broader range of joint-repairing nutrients. Both glucosamine and chondroitin strengthen cartilage, reduce inflammation and pain, and chondroitin strengthens the bones involved in our joints.
Lastly, boswellia stops pain and inflammatory damage that wears away at the cartilage and bone in your joints. It is one of the few, effective ways of stopping 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) inflammation, which is a major factor in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
I would take 1,740 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid complex, along with 450 mg of Boswellia standardized for AKBA content, and 40.5 mg of native type 2 collagen per day. Because these ingredients are working on the underlying joint structure, please be patient as it may take several weeks or months to really feel a difference.
Additionally, you could consider adding 800 mg of curcumin, boswellia, and devil’s claw for enhanced support. You could take these ingredients twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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