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Joints & Bones – Q&A

on September 2, 2013

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  • What are the most common joint and bone related conditions?

Osteoarthritis a degenerative disease affecting in particular the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees, is one of the biggest ailments in the UK with more than 8.5 million sufferers.

Among the younger generation, rickets is on the increase. The 17th Century disease was almost eradicated in the 1940s, but has been making a comeback in recent years. It is thought extensive use of sunscreen by parents anxious about skin cancer, children spending more time playing computer games and watching TV and a poor diet are to blame. Sunshine is one of the main sources of Vitamin D, and with the long drawn out winters, lack of sun exposure, children are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency.

In the older population, osteomalacia is also something prevalent, especially with post-menopausal women. Oestrogen provides bone protective properties and after the menopause, bone resorption (breakdown) outpaces the building of new bone.

  • In what way can poor diet and lifestyle contribute to poor joint and bone health?

Lack of exercise can contribute to stiffness in joints. A small amount of exercise as recommended by the department of health can help strengthen the muscles around your joints, help you maintain bone strength.

Certain medication, such as Steroids – certain drugs used to treat seizures (anticonvulsants), blood thinners (anticoagulants), and thyroid medications increase the rate of bone loss if not used as directed. If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor about how to reduce your risk of bone loss through diet and lifestyle changes.

  • Looking at supplementation, what do you consider crucial for people to maintain healthy joints?

A good diet is essential for health, and many complementary and alternative therapists advise on a healthy balanced diet. Diets can help many people with arthritis, both inflammatory types and osteoarthritis. As well as having a healthy, balanced diet, getting additional nutrients from food supplements may help if you have arthritis.

Omega-3 has been known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-3’s nourish bones and joints as you age.  Dietary omega-3s also have the ability to support articular cartilage and modulate certain chemical reactions, which both lead to joint comfort. New data indicates krill oil may help treat arthritic joint tissue by neutralizing pro-inflammatory activity. Clinical research has shown Krill oil to have up to 6x stronger action on arthritis symptoms than other marine based omega-3’s. In a group of aging individuals inflicted with arthritic pain, 300 mg per day of krill oil alone slashed pro-inflammatory C-reactive protein activity in half after just one month.

Glucosamine is a long standing ingredient with proven benefits for osteoarthritis, especially for the knee. Just 1500mg of Glucosamine per day could help to reduce joint pain and help protect the cartilage from further damage.

 

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