Q. Dear Terry, “My 84-year-old mother is dealing with some mobility issues. She says that her joints feel really stiff and it’s hard for her to get up in the morning. She won’t take any prescription medications and wants natural options only. What do you suggest?”– Nikole E., Caldwell, ID
A. Dear Nikole, There are really supportive, natural ingredients that can help with joint issues, including stiffness and achiness.
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 II 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 II 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.
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 a hyaluronic acid complex (containing hyaluronic acid, polysaccharides, and collagen), plus 450 mg of boswellia, and 40.5 mg of type II collagen per day. Please be patient, as these ingredients may take several weeks or months to really make an impact on your mother’s joint structure.
Additionally, she could consider adding curcumin, boswellia, and devil’s claw for enhanced support. I would take 800 mg of these ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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