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Soothe your creaky joints

Feb 20, 2024 11:59AM ● By Suzy Cohen

At 59, I’ve started noticing a bit more stiffness in my movements, particularly before my dance class, where it takes me longer to loosen up.

The importance of joint health becomes more evident as we get older. Amidst the numerous supplements claiming to alleviate joint discomfort, collagen peptides stand out for their proven effectiveness and versatility.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It helps maintain the integrity of our cartilage—the rubber-like tissue that protects our joints. As we get older, our body’s production of collagen diminishes, leading to reduced joint flexibility and the onset of degenerative joint conditions. 

Research indicates that collagen peptides can provide relief over a span of six to nine months. 

Apart from collagen, the four key ingredients to prioritize in a high-quality joint supplement are:

1. MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its  ability to provide a natural form of sulfur to the joints. (MSM is different from “sulfa,” a medication to which many are allergic.)

2. Ginger contains “gingerols,” compounds that have been extensively studied and revered for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. If you’re not a fan of its zesty flavor, you don’t have to consume it directly. However,  incorporating ginger into your diet through capsule supplements, herbal tea or even powdered spice can significantly contribute to reducing joint discomfort and stiffness, if only temporarily.

3. Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense, is derived from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. This herbal extract boasts a long history of use in traditional medicine for addressing numerous chronic inflammatory ailments. In the context of joint health, it holds significant value for its ability to alleviate pain and improve mobility in individuals suffering with joint disorders like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is highly regarded for its numerous health benefits. When combined with collagen peptides, curcumin amplifies its joint-protection effects. I like the proprietary brand of C3® curcuminoids because it offers not just one, but three distinct biologically active forms of curcumin. 

I’m presenting this article as a promising array of natural alternatives for individuals seeking relief from joint discomfort. However, do not use this list as a substitute for seeking medical advice. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. However, for mild discomfort or those hoping to improve flexibility, promoting collagen synthesis and exploring holistic approaches can be beneficial! Just make sure that any collagen supplement you select is Type II, as it is tailored specifically for joint health. 

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