I’ve been considering taking collagen for my joint problems.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been considering taking collagen for my joint problems. What should I look for in a collagen and are there other nutrients I should be taking too?” – Jonah H., Sparks, NV
A. Dear Jonah, I think diet can make a huge impact on our overall health, including joint issues. In addition to dietary changes, I have some 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 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 our joint structure.
Terry . . . Naturally