What can help with achy joints?
Q. Dear Terry, “What can help with achy joints? My knees feel more stiff than painful and seem to be worse in the morning. The stiffness is manageable, but bothersome. I appreciate your advice.”– Henry L., Norfolk, VA
A. Dear Henry, I think one of the biggest changes we can make to promote joint health is through dietary changes. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to dietary changes, there are some natural ingredients that can help support 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.
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 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.
Additionally, you could consider adding curcumin, boswellia, and devil’s claw for enhanced support. You could take these ingredients twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally