Take Joint Health Supplements for Healthy Bones
Supplements are usually taken for adding up nutrition to our body. It’s true. But generally they are thought to be related to cosmetic purposes. But do you know that for joint pain in arthritis too there are supplements? Yes, there are and they are very useful too. With these supplements you can get better control of your pain in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Try, for example, Cevan Nutritionals Conjointin which is a combination of many compounds that provide health to damaged joints, ligaments and tendons. Let’s know about some of these nutrients and the various forms in which they are available.
Glucosamine: This is a substance naturally found in our joint cartilages. Its function is to keep the joint lubricated. While obtaining glucosamine from the Nature, shells of lobster, shrimp and crab are used. Glucosamine when taken as a joint health supplement, retards the degeneration of cartilage, and thereby, relieves pain and improves mobility of joints.
Chondroitin Sulfate: This ingredient is also present naturally in our bones and cartilages. It is derived artificially from byproducts of cow trachea and pork. It reduces pain and inflammation of joints, retards progression of osteoarthritis and enhances joint function. Most studies about chondroitin have been done on knee joints.
Chondroitin is mainly known for enhancing the shock-absorbing abilities of collagen and blocking enzymes that break down cartilage. Same as glucosamine, chondroitin too is supposed to help cartilage hold water, helps in joint lubrication and potentially reverses loss of cartilage.
Calcium: It is known to all, that calcium is an essential ingredient of bones. Besides this, doctors say that you need to take calcium supplement not only because it builds bone, but also because you keep on losing it every time when your heart pumps and muscles contract. In that scenario, if you have less calcium in the body, your body takes it from your bones.
Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is known for helping bones in the absorption of calcium. Your body, on its own, too produces an important form of the vitamin – vitamin D3 – when your skin is exposed to sun. Studies have shown that women taking calcium and vitamin D3 as supplements suffered less bone loss in winter.
Plus there are many other supplements which can help in keeping your bones and joints healthy and thereby alleviate joint pain. They are vitamin E, manganese, sodium, boron and many more. Herbal supplements include ginger, primrose oil, turmeric, and so on.
Powder or Softgel?
Supplements and other medicines are available in various forms, all of which have their own pros and cons. Let’s see two main forms of supplements – powder and softgel.
Powder: When you have to consume a large dosage, powder is certainly more convenient. Imagine you have to consume 15-20 capsules or powder giving equal quantity of supplements – which will you prefer? Of course, powder, because it can be mixed with water or milk and can be taken. Most powdered joint health supplements can even be mixed with your food items and taken. Another main benefit of powder supplements is they provide ingredients in more active form that can be more easily absorbed in your body. Powdered form of supplements have a longer shelf life too.
Softgels: Softgels feature a soft gelatin cover and therefore are easier to swallow than tablets and capsules. The source of gelatin cover may be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Benefits of softgels are they are stable, convenient to carry and can be consumed on the go and have longer shelf life (though this depends on their contents). But they need to be stored and transported carefully, because the gelatin cover is sensitive to hot climate.
Depending upon your convenience, you can prefer supplements in form of powder or softgels. Important is to have supplements for your bone health, because your bones suffer wear and tear everyday and need to be added with active ingredients for their health.