Q. Dear Terry, “I have arthritis that is bone on bone. My leg and ankle stay swollen all the time and the pain is always there. I take two Aleve a day for the pain. I have tried curcumin and it works wonders. Are there other things I can use to help restore my knee? I read the joint repair article, do I need to use all of the products mentioned?” – Ava L., Jacksonville, NC
A. Dear Ava, I think diet can make a huge impact on our overall health, including joint issues. I would continue taking the curcumin and I also have some additional ingredients that have been scientifically validated to help with joint problems.
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 arthritis symptoms like 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.
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.
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 these ingredients two or three times per day. Please be patient, these ingredients may take several weeks or months to really make an impact on your joint structure.
Terry . . . Naturally
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