Knees, Hips & all Joints Require Support

Knees, Hips & all Joints Require Support

Do your Joints Need TLC?

Joints are parts of the body, also called articulations where there are 2 or more bones that meet together to allow a range of movement. They help to make our bodies move, therefore they do need tender loving care (TLC) to keep them healthy.

We many times take for granted our joints that move us around, just like we depend on driving a car for transportation. The body is like a car.

The shoulder and hips have a ball and socket joint where there is a spherical head of one part that connects to a type of spherical cavity of another joint. The joints provide freedom to move.

Cars also have ball joints, which are a flexible ball and socket joint which pivots because of the connecting of the control arms to the steering knuckles just like the hip joint. The easy pivoting provide a smooth ride and helps to control the vehicle, which is the same for the body’s joints pivoting.

Lubrication to the car ball joints help one to steer the wheel easily since they move continuously. It is like joints in the body that constantly move. Assisting these joints with a little regular lubrication is a good way to keep them working properly.

In the human body, joint or articulation lubrication can be helped by increasing omega 3 fatty acids in the diet. Research shows omega 3’s improve the health of joints by increasing the lubrication.  Foods with high omega 3’s include salmon, cod, trout, mackerel, walnuts, chia seeds and also Marine algae is a good source.

For joints as well as other body parts, eating the right foods can impact your wellbeing. The objective is to select foods that strengthen connective tissue, build bone density and can maintain joints. This will help to prevent injuries and offer natural joint relief.

Vegetables and fruit

Dark colored vegetables and fruit provide antioxidants and other beneficial compounds for joints.

Fruit

Fruits support the inflammatory response process in different ways. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown to provide support to joints and help provide healthy fluid balance. Blueberries with their rich pigment contain flavonoids that strengthen the joint inflammatory response.

Cruciferous Vegetables

These include cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. They are beneficial to the body, including joints since they are full of vitamins and minerals.

Garlic and Root Vegetables

Garlic is known to have antioxidants that provide support against harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Onion, ginger and turmeric are known for antioxidant properties and helping with joint inflammatory properties. Besides their health benefits, they can also be an addition to meals to increase flavor.

Traditional Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurveda is the traditional Indian approach to health and is considered the most ancient of living traditions. Ayurveda is a combination of 2 Sanskrit words ayu (longevity) and ved (knowledge). It is part of their traditional health system, practiced in India for over 5000 years.

Even though there are traditional remedies, Indian scientists have been quite successful at providing well designed double blind, clinical trials to support the use of botanicals for different health issues including for the joints. Their work provides and emphasizes a personalized side and also a holistic approach.

 

Some of these herbs with science are:

Curcuma longa and Zingiber officinale have both been used as seasonings in various ethnic cuisines. In traditional Ayurveda health programs they are used for the articulations.

Boswellia serrata is a botanical that contains a gum resin, popular in the Indian culture and used for centuries for joints.

Zingiber officinale as Ginger is an important medicinal plant used in all parts of the world including India, China, South East Asia, the United States and the West Indies. It has been used as a spice and flavoring agent, but has numerous health benefits including for the articulations.

Withania somnifera, known as ashwagandha is a well-known botanical used in Ayurveda for over 3000 years as an adaptogen including to help joints.

Commiphora mukul contains a bioactive called guggul, used in Indian culture and has been studied for joint health.

Oroxylum indicum (Bignoniaceae) is a medicinal plant widely used in Ayurveda for  thousands of years. It has been shown to provide aid to the inflammatory response process.

Smilax China also known as Jin Gang Ten, has been widely used as a traditional herbal medicine for joint health.

Pluchea lanceolata is considered one of the important plants for therapeutic uses in India. Screening of its phytochemicals shows it has bioactives such as flavonoids, alkaloids, glycosides, and other.

 

It is common in Ayurveda to use multiple herbs in formulation to support body systems. Many herbs are combined because the people believe that there are synergistic effects. Some herbs have been combined for joint health. Besides tradition, some research investigation has been performed to evaluate these combinations. This includes the combination of Boswellia serrata, Zingiber officinale, Withania somnifera, Commiphora mukul, Oroxylum indicum, Smilax China and Pluchea lanceolata.

The combination of these herbs have demonstrated a synergistic effect. Together they have demonstrated in humans to be a quick acting mixture to improve joint mobility and flexibility in older and active adults.

In addition, these combinations of herbs provide support to the physiological function of joints and cartilage. The combination blend demonstrated support to the body’s inflammatory response process. The human clinical research shows that it improves and eases joint discomfort and joint stiffness. One study showed a 44% improvement in joint stiffness compared to only 15% improvement in placebo group. Also, the study showed a 46% improvement in joint discomfort compared to 19% improvement in placebo group.

Another double blind, placebo controlled study showed that this combination brought about a significant 46% joint relief, 46% improvement in flexibility and 38% improvement in physical function

In summary, there are many things that can be done to support the joints. Eating a healthy diet with omega 3 fatty acids, dark colored fruits and vegetables is important. Also, there are herbs available, which have been used traditionally, but also have been studied in clinical trials to demonstrate that they help improve joint health.

If you have a health condition and or take medication, it’s always best to check with your healthcare provider prior to taking supplements.

 

References

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