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Chicken Collagen for Arthritis, Joints, Skin, Hair & More

Chicken Collagen for Arthritis, Joints, Skin, Hair & More

Weird and wonderful ingredients have a habit of popping up in the supplement industry, and chicken collagen is one of the more recent success stories. Given the protein is found in cartilage, bone and other tissues, it’s perhaps no surprise that collagen supplements (including collagen protein and bone broth) are almost always formulated to improve joint and bone health. But there are other uses.

In this article, we intend to summarise some of the more popular uses of collagen. Although most of our focus will be on chicken collagen, since that appears to be the most popular ingredient employed for these purposes, we will also take a look at marine collagen and explore the similarities and differences between the two.

Let's get to it.

What is Collagen?


Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, located in muscles, bone, tendons, the skin and internal organs.

In essence, this fibrous, building-block protein helps to hold the body together. Amazingly, some forms of collagen are stronger, on a gram-per-gram basis, than steel.

The vast majority of collagen in the body belongs to types 1, 2 and 3, each with its own unique structure and function. While types 1 and 3 are typically associated with bones, skin, hair and nails, type 2 collagen services joints and cartilage. Indeed, type 2 makes up around 60% of protein in cartilage and as much as 90% of collagen in articular cartilage.

Collagen degrades over time, as a natural part of ageing. However, other factors deplete collagen in the body. These include tobacco, alcohol, poor nutrition (especially vitamin C deficiency and a surplus of pro-inflammatory foods), excess sun exposure and lack of sleep.

If your lifestyle habits are on the unhealthy side, your collagen production is almost certainly suffering. The consequence can be wrinkled or sagging skin, as well as arthritis-like symptoms such as joint pain.

Since no supplier is yet harvesting this valuable protein from healthy humans, chicken collagen is the solution most often recommended. Generally extracted from chicken cartilage, chicken collagen is a rich source of amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline and could well provide relief for a variety of conditions.

Of course, chicken collagen is not the only form on the market: cow collagen, pig collagen and marine collagen are all commercially available. As ever, quality is key: so pay close attention to the method of processing. Not all collagen proteins are the same.

Chicken Collagen for Arthritis: What Does the Research Say?


A number of studies highlight the efficacy of chicken collagen in decreasing joint pain and stiffness from arthritis.

In one which looked specifically at knee osteoarthritis, intake of native type 2 collagen (from chicken sternum cartilage) resulted in fewer swollen joints, joint tenderness and better walk time when compared with a placebo. What’s more, there were no side effects.

Meanwhile, in a 2017 review paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, collagen was listed as one of 7 supplements to have “demonstrated large and clinically important effects for pain reduction at short term” for osteoarthritis.

The other supplements were passion fruit peel extract, Curcuma longa extract, Boswellia serrata extract, curcumin, pycnogenol and L-carnitine.

It’s not just osteoarthritis either. A 2009 double-blind trial involving over 500 subjects with rheumatoid arthritis established that collagen supplements improved pain markers, morning stiffness, tender joint count and swollen joint count.

While it’s not possible to say that everyone with arthritis will experience relief by taking supplemental collagen – there are far too many factors involved to suggest a panacea – we can say that collagen represents a novel option. Incidentally, you might like to read our article Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain, which summarises some of the best options.

Cosmetic Uses of Chicken Collagen


Collagen has been suggested as a means of nourishing skin. This is because naturally, collagen helps skin cells renew and repair.

In fact, your skin is composed of 75% collagen. As such, smooth, soft skin is typically a result of healthy collagen production.

Indeed, research suggests that the primary difference between radiant and sagging skin is the density of the collagen matrix.

Collagen supplementation was put under the microscope in a 2014 study, which sought to establish whether it could enhance the skin of women aged 35-55. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial confirmed a significant improvement in skin elasticity after just 4 weeks.

Skin moisture and skin evaporation also benefitted, although such improvements were ‘less statistically significant’.

A separate study, meanwhile, showed improvements in wrinkles, roughness, moisture and elasticity after eight weeks of collagen supplementation.

According to skin specialist Paul Banwell, “Collagen drinks increase collagen in the bloodstream which in turn trigger the body’s own collagen production by firing up the fibroblasts, our own collagen factories.”

One thing worth noting: the process of collagen formation is heavily dependent on vitamin C. If you want to maximise your skincare routine, therefore, make sure you’re getting enough dietary vitamin C. (Arginine and zinc also impact collagen synthesis.)

As far as cosmetic benefits are concerned, collagen may also help to strengthen nails and restore lustre to hair. More studies are needed, however.

Chicken Collagen vs Marine Collagen

While chicken collagen is largely composed of type 2, the ideal form for building cartilage due to its provision of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate, marine-derived collagen mostly supplies type 1.

Distinct from its counterpart, marine collagen also contains a high concentration of the amino acid hydroxyproline, which is highly effective at creating collagen in the body.

Type 1 is considered to be the best option for cosmetic purposes and marine collagen in particular is credited for its easy absorption.

Of course, you should bear in mind that collagen consumption is about  rebuilding all of your collagen, not just Type 1, 2 or 3. Healthy collagen production across the board should be the ultimate goal. A variety of collagen sources can help in this regard.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to strengthen connective tissues, maintain strong bones or ensure smooth, supple skin, chicken collagen is a great choice of supplement. The thing is, many products on the market come laden with added sugars and artificial sweeteners, not to mention additional chemical additives.

Hydrolyzed collagen, in case you’re wondering, refers to collagen produced from a process of triturating bone and cartilage into tiny components known as gelatin: a process which makes the protein much easier on the stomach, all the better for the body to digest and use.

Oh, and if supplementation isn’t on your agenda, do everything in your power to preserve your own collagen production: that means no smoking, adequate hydration, sensible nutrition and a good level of fitness. Oh, and the occasional facial massage can work wonders.

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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How Eggshell Membrane Benefits Arthritis, Joint Pain, More

How Eggshell Membrane Benefits Arthritis, Joint Pain and more

Eggshell membrane is a natural substance that forms between the white of the egg and its shell. If you’ve ever de-shelled a hard-boiled egg, you’ll probably have noticed this clear film. But one thing you mightn’t have realised is just what a nutritional powerhouse it is.

A natural source of joint-supporting nutrients like glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, hyaluronic acid, collagen and glycoprotein, eggshell membrane is an entirely unique biological matrix.

Little wonder, therefore, that eggshell membrane has been studied for its positive effects on various markers of health. Indeed, clinical research highlights the benefits of eggshell membrane for arthritis and the joint pain which is synonymous with the disease.

In this blog post, we intend to take a closer look at eggshell membrane and assess its usefulness as a dietary aid.

Eggshell Membrane for Joint Pain and Stiffness


By far the most studied area of research when it comes to eggshell membrane is for arthritis and joint health in general. This is not altogether surprising given the membrane’s constituents, which including fibrous proteins like collagen type 1.

Two of the most widely-reported studies were published almost a decade apart, in 2009 and 2018. While the former (published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology) focused on the usage of eggshell membrane in treating pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis of the knee, the latter (published in Clinical Interventions in Ageing) sought to determine whether the ingredient could alleviate exercise-inducted joint pain, stiffness and cartilage turnover.

The 2009 paper, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, involved 67 patients randomly chosen to receive either 500mg NEM® eggshell membrane or a placebo daily for two months.

Amazingly, the supplementation group exhibited improved mean pain subscores (15.9% reduction, Placebo?=?0.036) and mean stiffness subscores (12.8% reduction, P?=?0.024) after just ten days of supplementation.

After 60 days, the improvement in pain response had been maintained (15.4%, P?=?0.038), while stiffness was further improved to 26.6% reduction (P?=?0.005), using the Western Ontario and McMasters Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index.

In the “Discussion” section of the resulting paper, researchers claimed that “the study proved NEM® both effective and safe for treating pain and stiffness associated with OA of the knee” while pointing out that opting to employ eggshell membrane for this purpose “has the added benefit of avoiding the concerning side effects associated with long-term use of other osteoarthritis treatments such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).”

You can read the 2009 study in its entirety here.

Eggshell Membrane for Exercise-Inducted Discomfort


The 2018 study also used a daily eggshell membrane dosage of 500mg, administered once daily for two weeks while subjects engaged in a leg-based exercise on alternating days. Subjects, in this case, comprised healthy postmenopausal women in the 40-75 age bracket.

Although “immediate pain was not significantly different”, treatment responses were noted for recovery stiffness (Day 4), immediate stiffness (Day 7) and recovery pain (Day 8).

By the end of the fortnight evaluation period, recovery pain had almost returned to resting levels for the treatment group while placebo group recovery pain levels remained significantly elevated.

In other words, the physical aftereffects of intense exercise were mitigated thanks to NEM®. Furthermore, “a substantial chondroprotective effect was demonstrated from supplementation with NEM® through a lasting decrease in the cartilage degradation biomarker CTX-II.”

You can read the 2018 study in full here.

So what do this pair of studies tell us? Merely that the effects of eggshell membrane (and in particular the patent-protected NEM® ingredient) appear to be highly beneficial for treating exercise-induced joint pain and stiffness, and also pain and stiffness from knee osteoarthritis.

The logical question to ask is: Could NEM® be useful for other forms of arthritis? 

Of course, these are not the only trials worth mentioning. In 2014, a German study showed that daily supplementation with – you guessed it – 500mg eggshell membrane could reduce painful symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis. One-quarter of patients enjoyed a 30% improvement in pain after ten days of treatment while more than three-quarters reported moderate or significant improvements at the conclusion of the two-month study period.

While more studies would surely be welcomed, the effectiveness of its ingredients in protecting cartilage, synovial membrane and sub chondral bone make eggshell membrane a worthwhile supplement for those interested in preserving and lubricating joints and cartilage, whether due to general age-related wear and tear or sports injuries.

Conclusion

With interest in natural alternatives for the treatment of joint pain and stiffness, including that caused by arthritis, continuing to attract interest, eggshell membrane appears to be worthy of close attention.

If you want to try it for yourself, possibly to avoid the diverse and severe side effects of conventional NSAIDs, or even as an adjunct, consider UnoCardio Sports, a new supplement that combines NEM® with high-potency omega-3 fish oil.

The reason these components are combined is because, like eggshell membrane, anti-inflammatory omega-3s have been well-studied for their beneficial effect on joint health, specifically due to their ability to decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines (one of the primary drivers of arthritis). Each serving of UnoCardio Sports provides a therapeutic dosage of 1,250mg omega-3 and 500mg NEM®.

While we’ve got you here, there’s a few articles we think you might be interested in:

Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain: Herbs, Supplements and More

Best Form of Magnesium for Sleep, Arthritis, Cramps and Anxiety

9 Proven Turmeric Benefits for Skin, Arthritis, Diabetes and More

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Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain: Herbs, Supplements & More

Natural Remedies for Arthritis Pain: Herbs, Supplements & More

Arthritis is one of the most debilitating yet common ailments for older adults, affecting nearly 350 million people worldwide.

The word arthritis literally translates to “joint inflammation,” and that’s exactly what it is.

Over time, the cartilage that protects the joints breaks down, leading to inflammation, pain and the eventual degradation of the joint tissue.

If you’ve suffered from arthritis for a long period of time, there’s a good chance you’ve tried all of the traditional remedies available, including analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and maybe even prescription painkillers.

While treating arthritis with medication provides much-needed relief for many sufferers, there are many reasons why you might seek more natural arthritis remedies.

Perhaps you’ve experienced challenging side effects that outweigh the benefits or maybe you’ve found that traditional treatments are too costly.

Many people who mitigate arthritis pain with medication opt to supplement with natural treatments to further quell the pain.

No matter your reason for giving the natural route a go, you might want to consider the following options to add to your treatment plan.

Herbs & Supplements for Arthritis

 

The Arthritis Foundation has published a list of natural and herbal supplements that may help treat arthritis, including bromelain, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, turmeric and essential vitamins and minerals.

These can be taken orally through capsules, while some can be administered topically with essential oils. Let’s take a look at some natural supplements that have been scientifically proven to provide some great benefits.

• Bromelain

Bromelain is a naturally-occurring enzyme found in the pineapple plant that’s thought to help reduce swelling and relax muscles. Most people take bromelain orally through foods, supplements, teas and tinctures.

Whether or not bromelain actually works to treat pain is still up for debate, but several studies indicate that it offers some anti-inflammatory benefits.

• Chondroitin sulfate

This chemical is typically found in joint cartilages of both humans and animals. Adding supplemental chondroitin sulfate to your diet is thought by some to slow the breakdown of cartilage, which can help reduce arthritis pain.

One study showed that arthritis sufferers who took the supplement showed a significant decrease in hand pain and hand function after about three months of treatment.

• Glucosamine

Like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine is a natural component of cartilage. It’s usually derived from the shells of shrimp, lobster and crab, as well as through vegetables. The effects of glucosamine appear to be proven and broad-spanning, with studies showing that it could provide significant pain relief of arthritis.

• Turmeric

The spice rack staple turmeric, derived from a flowering plant similar to ginger, has recently made headlines for its suggested pain-fighting power. But is it actually all it’s cracked up to be?

Actually, yes! There are plenty of studies showing that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies responses of the immune system.

• Probiotics

According to Dr Susan Blum, as outlined in her book Healing Arthritis, “Probiotics are thought to improve all the functions of the good flora that we reviewed, including helping T-regulator immune cells work better and live longer, turning off inflammation, and repairing the gut lining and tight junctions.”

The potential of probiotics to help with arthritis has also been explored by Arthritis.org, with the author pointing out that beneficial bacteria reduces “common biomarkers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein.”

Lactobacillus casei and L. acidophilus are the two most commonly-cited anti-arthritic strains.

• Omega-3

Decades of research shows that omega-3 fatty acids decrease the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, one of the main drivers of arthritis.

Danish meta-analysis of 22 separate trials, published in 2017, meanwhile found that omega-3 marine oil had a ‘favourable effect’ on arthritis patients, and a ‘significantly favourable effect’ on rheumatoid arthritis patients in particular, significantly improving inflammation.

• Magnesium Oil

The idea that magnesium oil might be helpful for arthritis has been well-explored, including in this very blog. Here’s an excerpt: “According to a cross-sectional study from 2015, “magnesium intake is inversely associated with radiographic knee osteoarthritis and joint space narrowing. It supports potential role of magnesium in the prevention of knee osteoarthritis.”

Medicinal Meditation and Eastern Medicine


If sitting still in silence for a half an hour a day could keep you pain-free, would you do it?

According to some studies, that just might be the case. Meditation is a mind-body practice with the primary goal of boosting feelings of calm, mindfulness and relaxation

When used to treat physical ailments and depression — which often go hand-in-hand — meditation is referred to as mindfulness-based stress reduction. Several studies have shown that practising this type of meditation can slightly improve pain relief and greatly improve feelings of depression, which could lead to improved physical well-being.

Other traditional Eastern practices are employed to treat arthritis, including acupuncture and other kinds of traditional Chinese medicine. While research is limited, there are a few studies showing that sufferers of osteoarthritis may experience slightly less pain when treated with acupuncture, while sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis experienced less success with the treatment.

Other holistic approaches that work for some people include Qi Gong massage — an ancient Chinese massage technique designed to promote relaxation and healing — as well as herbal treatments.

If you’re interested in further exploring this topic, check out our article Alleviating Aches of Body and Mind with Movement.

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is another promising natural remedy that appears to be useful for treating arthritis in the lower limbs, back and hands.

This treatment requires patients to wear compression garments — compression socks, arthritis gloves, back support garments and more — for a prolonged period of time.

Compression socks and gloves work by providing gentle pressure to the muscles and veins, improving blood flow and preventing blood clots. For many, compression garments can help reduce pain and swelling, and people who work on their feet for long periods of time often wear compression socks or hose to help prevent blood clots and pain.

Is it worth a try? Compression gloves, otherwise known as arthritis gloves (or gauntlets), have been studied with regard to arthritis. Research shows that people who wear these kinds of garments while they slept experienced a reduction in pain, swelling and stiffness.

Some styles feature copper sewn into the material, which is said to offer additional benefits to relieve pain, tiredness and swelling. The great thing about this kind of therapy is that it doesn’t interrupt your life — there are no appointments, medication schedules or extra supplements to remember to take. All you have to do is slip on a pair of gloves or socks to experience some relief.

Options to Try

While natural remedies are generally thought to be less risky than pharmaceuticals, you should still always consult your doctor before you start any new treatment plan.

They will be able to guide you towards natural options that are best for your particular condition and pain points and will understand side effects and risks with regard to your health record and background.

With any luck, you and your doctor will be able to design a natural arthritis treatment plan that suits all of your needs.

This guest article was written by Kaki Zell, the Vice President and co-owner of Ames Walker. When she is not working for the family business, she enjoys running, hiking, travelling, Virginia Tech football and spending time with family and friends.

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Best Form of Magnesium for Sleep, Arthritis, Cramps & Anxiety

Best Form of Magnesium for Sleep, Arthritis, Cramps & Anxiety

Ask health experts which supplements they recommend and magnesium will come up time and time again.

Is it any surprise? This essential nutrient is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and intensive agricultural methods mean there’s less of it in our soil (and consequently our food) than ever before.

Whether you’re looking to get a better night’s sleep, address chronic stress levels, relieve muscle cramps, soothe arthritis pain, lessen anxiety or rectify electrolyte balance, taking a high-quality magnesium supplement is a no-brainer.

The question is, what’s the best form of magnesium to take for all of the above?

Low Magnesium Causes


The main causes of hypomagnesemia are twofold: eating habits and soil erosion due to the overuse of herbicides and pesticides in modern farming. While we simply don’t eat enough magnesium-rich foods to maintain a healthy intake in the first place, those magnesium-rich foods aren’t nearly as rich as they used to be.

Indeed, a 2016 paper published in The Crop Journal indicated that two thirds of people surveyed in developed countries received less than their minimum daily Mg requirement. This is especially troubling since many researchers contend that even the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is inadequate to prevent subclinical magnesium deficiency.

Others in the field believe that while the RDA might be enough to prevent overt magnesium deficiency, it is not the amount required to ensure optimal health and longevity.

For this reason, those in the know make sure they eat organic produce which contains a higher proportion of magnesium. Some add a supplement just to be sure, or because they desire a particularly high intake. There are many reasons for this, some of which are outlined later in this article.

If you eat a typical Western diet and fail to consume 5 or 7 portions of vegetables and fruit per day, it is extremely likely that you’re already suffering from magnesium deficiency. Refined foods, which constitute the bulk of the typical modern diet, are depleted of magnesium during processing.

There are, to be sure, many other factors which cause magnesium deficiency. Pharmaceutical drugs such as painkillers, antibiotics, diuretics and cortisone are known to deplete magnesium as well as other minerals. Poor magnesium status might also be due to decreased absorption in the gut due to gastrointestinal diseases or microbial dysbiosis. What’s more, gut absorption tends to decrease with age.

Specific health challenges which might adversely affect magnesium status include type-2 diabetes, liver disease, hormonal imbalance, pancreatitis and cancer. These all these require increased amounts of magnesium and thus deplete our internal stores. Alcohol dependence further impacts magnesium levels.

How to Correct Magnesium Deficiency


Because serum magnesium does not reflect intracellular magnesium levels, and since the latter makes up approximately 99% of total body magnesium, magnesium deficiency typically goes undiagnosed

This problem was highlighted by Dr Carolyn Dean in her book The Magnesium Miracle: “Unfortunately, it is impossible to find studies that tell us the actual incidence of magnesium deficiency. This stems from there being no accepted medical standard for measuring whole-body magnesium status. Blood testing for magnesium relies on inadequate measurements since only 1% of the body’s magnesium is in the blood and only 40% is in the tissues.”

Due to the difficulty in identifying magnesium deficiency, it is important to pay attention to possible signs and symptoms. These can include, but are not limited to, fatigue, muscle pain, loss of appetite, insomnia, elevated blood pressure and fuzzy thinking.

By the same token, increasing magnesium intake can help with panic attacks, asthma, cystitis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, migraines, detoxification, nerve problems, bowel disease and even tooth decay.

Correcting a magnesium deficiency is a matter of enriching your diet with the mineral by upping your intake of green vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, legumes and unprocessed whole grains. Raw foods are also a great source of magnesium, as are herbs such as purslane and cilantro.

Cold-pressed oils are recommended for your cooking, including extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil, and you should ignore the anti-salt dogma and flavour your food with a high-quality, mineral-rich sea salt. A magnesium supplement is another option, and below we’ll talk you through the common forms.

Different Types of Magnesium 


It is easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for a magnesium supplement. After all, there are so many to choose from: from magnesium glycinate, citrate and orotate to magnesium threonate, oxide and chloride.

One thing you should always remember, when scanning the label of your chosen magnesium supplement, is that it is the amount of elemental magnesium that matters. This is applicable whether you’re using magnesium taurate, malate or some other form.

We would suggest that there are some forms you should avoid. One is magnesium aspartate, which supplies an excess of aspartic acid, a component of aspartame. Magnesium glutamate similarly breaks down into another aspartame component: glutamic acid.

Both magnesium citrate and magnesium hydroxide pull water into your intestines which can lead to dehydration, and magnesium oxide might not be the best for increasing overall magnesium levels due to its poor absorption rate. If used, oxide is best paired with other forms.

Certain types of magnesium are easier to absorb than others, but before we get into the best form for overall health, let’s look at the optimal types for specific conditions.

Best Form of Magnesium for Sleep


The most commonly-touted form of magnesium for insomnia is magnesium glycinate; this is because the Mg is bound to glycine, a neurotransmitter and amino acid thought to improve sleep quality. However, it’s not the only option.

Magnesium chloride, taurate and orotate are all well-absorbed, and using any of them in the appropriate dosages will likely help you nod off that bit easier. They can also be helpful for relaxation and stress relief.

Best Form of Magnesium for Arthritis


There is much anecdotal evidence to show that magnesium can help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. In point of fact, there is clinical evidence demonstrating that magnesium deficiency actually induces increased inflammation in the body, by ramping up production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

In a 2015 study, the relative odds of developing knee osteoarthritis went up as magnesium consumption decreased.

The take-home? Ensure a healthy magnesium intake to avoid getting arthritis; and if you already suffer from the condition, magnesium may offer relief. But which form is best?

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough studies to conclusively say. Nevertheless, magnesium oil is most frequently recommended for sufferers of arthritis; perhaps because it’s massaged directly onto the skin, on the area of pain and discomfort. The vast majority of anecdotal reports were written by sufferers who used a form of magnesium oil, spray or lotion, i.e. magnesium chloride.

Best Form of Magnesium for Muscles and Cramps


Magnesium helps with the contraction and relaxation of muscles, which is why it is among the most popular supplements used by athletes. One of the mineral’s key duties is to transport blood sugar into muscles and get rid of lactic acid, the latter of which can accumulate during workouts and provoke pain.

Incorporating magnesium has been shown to increase peak oxygen uptake and improve metabolic efficiency, but worryingly a deficiency can cause agonising muscle cramps and spasms. This is why soaking in a bath containing Epsom salts (in the form of magnesium sulfate) is a good idea. You’re unlikely to absorb a whole lot of magnesium, but it does have a soothing, relaxing effect. Magnesium sulfate can also be taken orally, although it can cause diarrhoea, and magnesium chloride flakes can be scattered in a warm bath too.

Another fine option is magnesium chloride lotion with MSM. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally-derived organic sulfur compound popularly used to reduce swelling around tendons, musculoskeletal pain, muscle cramps and joint inflammation. It also enhances the therapeutic potential of magnesium by facilitating better uptake. The combined effect of highly absorbable magnesium chloride and MSM make this a winning formula.

Best Form of Magnesium for Detoxification & Gut Health

In his brilliant book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, Dr Mark Sircus makes the following pertinent observation with regard to magnesium chloride, which is commonly found in seawater, brines and salt wells: “For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride, which has a strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin.”

He goes on to point out that “in addition to its function as an electrolyte, chloride combines with hydrogen in the stomach to make hydrochloric acid, a powerful digestive enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of proteins, absorption of other metallic minerals, and activation of intrinsic factor, which in turn absorbs Vitamin B12.

Using other magnesium salts is less advantageous because these have to be converted into chlorides in the body anyway. We may use magnesium as oxide or carbonate but then we need to produce more hydrochloric acid to absorb them.

“Many ageing individuals, especially with chronic diseases who desperately need more magnesium, cannot produce sufficient hydrochloric acid and thus cannot absorb the oxide or carbonate.”

The combination of its great absorbability, role in the production of hydrochloric acid and powerful excretory effects make magnesium chloride an ideal choice for detoxification and cleansing purposes.

Best Form of Magnesium for Anxiety and Depression


Magnesium contributes to normal psychological development, so it’s no surprise that it’s recommended for anxiety and anxiety-like symptoms. Critical to this process is magnesium’s role as a necessary element in the uptake of serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone, by brain cells.

Perhaps this is why a 2017 study concluded that “daily supplementation with 248 mg of elemental magnesium as four 500 mg tablets of magnesium chloride per day leads to a significant decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms regardless of age, gender, baseline severity of depression, or use of antidepressant medications.”

Chloride isn’t the only form you can use for this purpose, though: magnesium threonate also shows promise, as it can effectively cross the blood-brain barrier to inhibit calcium flux in brain neurons.

Why Might You Exceed the RDA for Magnesium?


As mentioned earlier, it is not uncommon for people to supplement magnesium at comparatively high doses. But why would you take more than the RDA for magnesium?

Well, for one thing, your magnesium absorption might be compromised by factors listed earlier – gut disorders, pharmaceutical dependency etc. For another, requirements for magnesium vary by age. Not only do teenagers between 14-18 require a higher intake, but older people do too.

Requirements are higher, too, during pregnancy, when breastfeeding and during PMS. While the NHS recommends that adult males get around 300mg of magnesium a day, and women 270mg, there are many cases where you’d want to shoot for a higher daily dose. Most guidelines recommend that pregnant women aged 19-30 up their intake from 270 to 350mg, while over-31s take a little more, 360mg a day.

Aforementioned magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean believes the rule of thumb for is 6-8mg/kg of body weight per day, which translates to a total daily intake (supplements and food combined) of 600-900mg for a 200 lb man. Dr. Dean notes that it it can take up to a year to build up the magnesium stored in muscles and bones.

It is a sensible idea to consult with a naturopathic nutritionist or practitioner if you feel you might benefit from using a magnesium supplement.

The Best Magnesium Form for All-Round Health

Ninety percent of the body’s total magnesium is contained in the bones and tissues, with only a fraction circulating in your bloodstream. This is part of the reason why transdermal magnesium sprays and lotions have become so popular: you can simply rub and massage magnesium oil directly onto the skin and bypass the digestive tract altogether.

Because magnesium requires stomach acid to be absorbed – and because chloride helps to produce stomach acid – we believe magnesium chloride is the most preferable form, all things considered.

Highly absorbable, it is the optimal form for ingestion; and since magnesium chloride is the type used to make magnesium oil, this is the number one choice if you want to up your intake.

You see, while the body badly needs magnesium, the stomach badly needs chloride: without it, you get acid reflux and other gastrointestinal complaints. What’s more, all magnesium supplements have to be converted to magnesium chloride in the body: so it makes sense to favour the chloride form to begin with.

This is especially true of ageing individuals with chronic diseases, who struggle to produce enough hydrochloric acid and thus fail to properly absorb forms such as magnesium oxide and carbonate.

Dr. Mark Sircus has referred to magnesium chloride as the form which “fits the bill best as a universal medicine” because “it is easily assimilated and metabolised by the human body.” Dr. David Brownstein also favours the use of magnesium chloride as a ‘synergistic’ supplement alongside iodine, specifically to increase the renal clearance of bromide.

Side note: when taking magnesium, it is important to also ensure a healthy intake of other electrolytes, particularly sodium and potassium. Eat good unprocessed sea salt and make sure your diet includes plenty of minerals.

The pivotal role of vitamin D shouldn’t be overlooked either: the synergistic link between it and magnesium means that a proper Mg intake improves the effectiveness of vitamin D in your system; and vitamin D elevates our ability to absorb magnesium. In other words, if you’re going to consume Mg, you’d better make sure you’re getting enough vit D.

Introducing Magnesium Citrate

Our Magnesium Citrate is worth taking a close look at. Magnesium Citrate is a combination of magnesium and citric acid which is readily absorbed into the blood stream and body tissues. These capsules of magnesium citrate are produced in the UK and contain no magnesium stearate or unnecessary fillers. 

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9 Proven Turmeric Benefits for Skin, Arthritis, Diabetes & More

9 Proven Turmeric Benefits for Skin, Arthritis, Diabetes & More

Used as a spice for thousands of years, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family. It grows throughout India and Asia and is cultivated in other warm parts of the world.

Sometimes called Indian Saffron or Golden Spice, turmeric gets its beautiful yellow pigment from its curcuminoids, and has been used as a dye for centuries.

Since ancient times, it has been favoured medicinally in Ayurvedic medicine for purifying the blood, boosting immunity, increasing energy, easing inflamed joints, relieving congestion, alleviating skin conditions such as eczema, and healing wounds.

Curcumin is the wonder compound and primary active ingredient in turmeric, and it’s this antioxidant-rich polyphenol that possesses most of the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and immune-boosting properties.

The Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin


Over the last quarter of a century, extensive research has been carried out into the therapeutic effects of curcumin.

Promising results have been noted in patients with all manner of inflammatory diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, gastric inflammation, and psoriasis. The list is endless.

Although it is not fully understood how curcumin works, its multiple and diverse effects appear to be due to its ability to modulate several signalling molecules.

These affect inflammatory responses, programmed cell death and metabolic processes including insulin activity, amongst other things.

Common to all these studies is the safety and non-toxicity of curcumin in doses of up to 8g per day.

Sadly, poor bioavailability has been a major limitation in considering curcumin as a practical treatment for various diseases, but clinical trials continue.

When it comes to nutritional supplements, while poor absorption and less benefit is a significant stumbling block, there are some supplements clinically proven to have superior absorption. More on that later.

Without further ado, here are nine meaningful benefits of turmeric backed by scientific evidence. They should leave you in no doubt about why turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for millennia.

1) Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties, Arthritic Pain Reduction


It is now becoming a commonly accepted view that inflammation is at the root of most chronic illness including Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease.

Turmeric (or, more accurately, curcumin) has significant anti-inflammatory capabilities. In fact, some clinical trials have matched curcumin’s potency and effectiveness to corticosteroid and NSAID medications, with none of the side effects.

In a nutshell, curcumin inhibits inflammatory molecules, reducing inflammation. It can also suppress Nuclear Factor-kappaB, a transcription factor that switches genes on or off by binding to nearby DNA.

NF-kappaB has been reported to be active in many types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

If you have arthritis, you may find it interesting to know that there is some clinical research supporting curcumin supplementation for the significant long-term relief of joint pain and inflammation.

It has also demonstrated the capacity to reduce joint pain and swelling in those with active rheumatoid arthritis more effectively than NSAID medication.

2) Immense Antioxidant Prowess


Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and can effectively fight free radical damage. Lowering oxidative stress reduces inflammation, strengthens the immune system and protects against chronic disease.

Curcumin also has the power to up-regulate our innate antioxidant proficiency and can protect our mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells that create energy and enable us to function on every level.

By increasing mitochondrial antioxidant, Curcumin can also help to safeguard mitochondria from damage under hyperglycaemic conditions (raised blood sugar).

3) Stimulates Liver Function, Aids Detoxification


Xenobiotic dietary and environmental substances, as well as prescription medication, can build up in our systems causing high toxicity, making us more prone to diseases including cancer.

Consuming turmeric has been shown to boost liver function, enabling it to process and eliminate these xenobiotic substances more effectively. This lessens our exposure to harmful toxins and reduces our susceptibility to inflammation and disease.   

It may also protect your liver from harm if you take strong medication for chronic diseases such as diabetes.

4) Mood-Boosting, Potential to Alleviate Depression


Although more research is needed, curcumin is being explored as a potential treatment for depression as it can boost serotonin and dopamine.

Reduced hippocampal volume has been observed in those suffering from major depression. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) can reduce in the hippocampus under stress, and the lack of this protein is linked to symptoms of depression.

Curcumin has shown the ability to boost BDNF, protecting nerve tissue in the brain and improving brain signalling, particularly in the frontal cortex and hippocampal regions of the brain.

In a 2014 study with 60 participants, curcumin was found to be as effective as the common antidepressant drug Fluoxetine in alleviating the symptoms of depression at the six-week mark. It was also very well tolerated.

On the back of this, researchers are suggesting that curcumin could be an effective and safe therapy for those with mild depression.

5) May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Improve Cognitive Function


Because curcumin is lipophilic, meaning it combines with and dissolves in lipids or fats, it can cross the blood-brain barrier.

With its fantastic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities, once inside the brain, it can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, both of which contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and impair cognitive function.

While human trials have been inconclusive, curcumin has shown some promise in animal trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, so more research is needed.

6) Promotes Gut Health, Aids Digestion


Aside from its aromatic flavour, turmeric has been used in curries for centuries because it aids digestion.

In part because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can undoubtedly calm the digestive system, and some studies have supported its use in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

Curcumin is also being studied to determine if it has the potential to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

7) Could Lower Heart Disease Risk


Although research is preliminary, it has been proposed that curcumin may be able to help prevent ventricular arrhythmias and heart attack, as well as abnormal enlargement or thickening of the heart, and heart failure.

Blood clotting or thrombus can lead to heart attack and stroke. Clots are formed by platelet aggregation or the clumping together of platelets in the blood, and curcumin from turmeric has anti-platelet action.

Curcumin’s ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation can also help to prevent poor heart health. In a small trial with 36 postmenopausal women over eight weeks, it was indicated that curcumin supplementation is as effective as aerobic exercise for potentially improving age-related decline in endothelial function.

8) May Protect Against Cancer


Curcumin extracted from turmeric shows promise in the realms of natural cancer treatment, particularly with breast, bowel, stomach, skin, pancreatic and prostate cancer and multiple myeloma.

Apparently, due to its multiple effects, it has the potential to inhibit cancer progression and development by targeting numerous steps in the formation of tumours.

It has both a blocking and suppressive agent and can repress malignant cell proliferation.

9) Protects the Skin, Promotes a Healthy Glow


Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to bring lustre and glow back to the skin, and relieve conditions such as eczema.

Both orally and topically, curcumin has been shown to relieve acute psoriasis symptoms. What’s more, it can heal wounds by encouraging tissue granulation and enhancing collagen production.

Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties directly protect the skin from oxidative damage caused by environmental stress and toxins, encouraging a healthy, more youthful glow.

Why is Turmeric So Difficult to Absorb?

Turmeric and its most active component curcumin are notoriously hard to absorbSome estimates suggest that just 1-2% of ingested polyphenols in 95% curcuminoid extract are ever absorbed.

This is mainly because curcumin dissolves in fat and our digestive systems have a more watery environment. It is barely soluble in the acidic stomach environment and is poorly absorbed through the gut.

The small part that is absorbed is rapidly metabolised and broken down, resulting in low bioavailability.

When using turmeric in cooking, eating fat with your meal, and cooking it in coconut oil or ghee, for example, will enhance its absorbability. Adding black pepper also helps bioavailability, as this has been shown to increase the uptake of curcumin by slowing down its metabolism in the liver.

However, if you wish to get the most out of turmeric, taking it in supplement form is best.

Unfortunately, due to its low bioavailability, not all turmeric supplements are created equal when it comes to absorption and getting maximum healing benefits.

A Superior Turmeric Supplement

American company Vibrant Health have created a turmeric supplement that is clinically proven to be highly absorbable.

Maximized Turmeric 46x contains CurcuWIN®, a novel water-soluble curcumin formulation. It contains turmeric extract 20-28%, and a hydrophilic carrier 63-75% to enhance bioavailability.

In a double-blind study comparison, CurcuWIN® proved to be 46x more absorbable than a 95% curcuminoid extract.

CurcuWIN™’s UltraSOL™ technology works by increasing the solubility of standard curcumin by dispersing a highly purified powder in a water-soluble carrier, along with other encapsulating agents.

So, with all its amazing technology and high strength bioavailability, here at Water for Health, we wholeheartedly believe that Maximized Turmeric 46x is the number one choice of turmeric supplement.

It is a clean product, free from dairy, soy, gluten and GMOs and 100% plant-based. It also contains BioPerine (made from piperine) for improved absorption.

As 95% curcuminoid extract is well known for low absorption rates, and most turmeric supplements use a standardised 95% extract, the benefits of switching to Maximized Turmeric 46x are obvious.

After all, why buy an expensive natural supplement if your body fails to properly absorb it?

This article was written by Rebecca Rychlik-Cunning, a Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium, @rebeccabitesback.

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Magnesium Oil for Arthritis: Can It Soothe Joint Pain, Rheumatism?

Magnesium Oil for Arthritis: Can It Soothe Joint Pain, Rheumatism?

Magnesium is a highly important mineral involved in well over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.

Although increasingly appreciated for its role in the production of ATP, and therefore its effect on energy levels, the specific benefits of magnesium for arthritis (and pain management more generally) have only recently come to light.

If you already suffer with arthritis, or are at risk of the inflammatory disease, read on to learn how magnesium oil could help.

How Might Magnesium Help with Arthritis?


Along with calcium, magnesium is critical for good bone and muscle health. As such, its potential for assisting with arthritis – an inflammatory condition typified by pain and swelling in the joints – is comparatively easy to understand.

In fact, according to a 2015 research paper published in the Journal of Rheumatologymagnesium helps the calcium you digest actually get to your bones – specifically by restricting a glandular hormone which diverts it away from bones and into muscle.

As a side note, vitamin D is also integral to the process of calcium absorption.

It is widely believed that low-grade systemic inflammation plays a key role in the pathophysiology of arthritis, of which there are over 100 different forms.

Magnesium, of course, is a noted anti-inflammatory, with a higher mg intake consistently correlating with lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP).

Indeed, several animal and human studies have underlined mechanisms by which magnesium deficiency can actually induce increased inflammation. Specifically by increasing the production of a pro-inflammatory cytokine that plays a critical role in osteoarthritis.

The impact of this valuable micronutrient on key inflammation mediators is undoubtedly a major part of the reason why it is beneficial for those already battling, or vulnerable to, arthritis.

That said, magnesium’s role as a potent antioxidant and detoxifier may also be relevant. It’s even known as one of the best natural alternatives for pain relief.

While there is no known cure of arthritis, forms of treatment which reduce the associated excruciating pain, improve mobility and limit further joint damage should be explored.

As we hope to demonstrate, magnesium is a form which should be considered.

“Magnesium Cured My Arthritis”: Anecdotal Evidence


There are countless reports of individuals who have used magnesium – usually in the form of magnesium lotion or oil, though sometimes in combination with supplements – for pain relief from arthritic conditions.

While it’s difficult to verify these testimonies, it is no so difficult to imagine the effect magnesium has on inflammation mediators governing the disease itself. After all, we have the clinical data to which we can refer.

Magnesium expert Carolyn Dean, MD, has published a lengthy testimonial from a client on her website; it’s well worth a look but not unique in terms of content: many people report that magnesium oil has helped alleviate their arthritis symptoms, whether the pain is concentrated in knees, muscles or joints.

If you wish to tumble down the rabbit hole, YouTube features a broad selection of magnesium oil testimonies.

Do Clinical Studies Support Magnesium for Arthritis?


According to a cross-sectional study from 2015, “magnesium intake is inversely associated with radiographic knee osteoarthritis and joint space narrowing. It supports potential role of magnesium in the prevention of knee osteoarthritis.”

A more recent study from 2017, meanwhile, looked at the relationship between magnesium intake and knee chondrocalcinosis, a joint disease believed to simulate osteoarthritis. Again, researchers found that magnesium deficiency set the stage for the disease.

“Subjects with lower levels of serum magnesium, even within the normal range, had higher prevalence of knee chondrocalcinosis in a dose-response relationship manner, suggesting that magnesium may have a preventive or therapeutic potential for knee chondrocalcinosis.”

The potential of magnesium for arthritis is not something in the realm of ‘alternative health.’

The Arthritis Foundation, which works alongside healthcare providers to strengthen education and interactive offerings, explain on their website that “many studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, have found that eating foods high in magnesium and potassium increases bone density and may help prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.”

Why Magnesium Oil Specifically?

An ever-growing number of studies demonstrate the superior absorptive capacity of transdermal magnesium as compared to oral supplements. This includes studies conducted on both sides of the Atlantic.

That said, most magnesium experts and naturopathic doctors/nutritionists recommend combining oral methods of administration with regular transdermal application.

Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. If you’re suffering from arthritis-related pain and discomfort, give magnesium a try and monitor the effects.

Our Revitacell Magnesium Oil is a great choice of supplement, providing highly pure magnesium chloride ecologically extracted from the northern flank of the Himalayas.

Himalayan magnesium is the only magnesium chloride in the world to have achieved EcoCert/COSMOS Natural Cosmetic certification, ensuring the highest possible quality for topical applications.

With our 100% pure, unrefined magnesium oil, you can rapidly increase your intracellular levels of magnesium to address arthritis symptoms. Simply spray on an area of discomfort seven times and massage into the skin.

Each seven-spray serving provides 105mg of Himalayan magnesium, and the recommended daily dose is 10-20 sprays per day as required.

If you want to combine pure, unrefined magnesium with MSM, meanwhile, we have a formula that can help. Himalayan Magnesium Serum + MSM contains the same premium-grade magnesium chloride as our oil, but is enriched with organic sulfur from OptiMSM®, the world’s purest methylsulfonylmethane.

Known as an effective muscle and joint pain relief agent, MSM has also been touted for promoting smooth, soft skin and – just like magnesium – soothing arthritis symptoms.

According to WebMD, other uses of MSM include for “chronic pain, osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, osteoporosis, tendinitis, swelling around the tendons (tenosynovitis), musculoskeletal pain and muscle cramps.”

Which Other Supplements Help with Arthritis?

Of course, magnesium oil is not the only natural product which may be useful for arthritis.

• Omega-3 Fish Oil

Supplementation with fish oil can be beneficial for some people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) due to the mild anti-inflammatory effects of Essential Fatty Acids.

Like magnesium, omega-3 appears to decrease the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Studies show that positive effects can include reduced joint pain intensity and stiffness, though supplementation should continue for a period of at least 3 months to exert maximal effects.

Lastly, EPA has shown to be more beneficial than DHA in rheumatoid arthritis patients, with beneficial effects coming from fish oil with an EPA/DHA ratio of 1.5.

• Vitamin D

A UK study published late last year suggested that vitamin D might be employed to suppress the kind of inflammation which leads to rheumatoid arthritis.

While the researchers concluded that an adequate intake of the anti-inflammatory vitamin could be vital for preventing RA in the first place, they conceded that it was much less effective once the disease was already established.

Dr Louisa Jeffrey, who co-wrote the report, explained “For patients who already have rheumatoid arthritis…much higher doses of vitamin D may be needed.”

While the ideal dosages are still being investigated, you might consider supplementing with UnoCardio 1000, which combines EPA and DHA fish oil with vitamin D3. A single softgel supplies 1280mg total omega-3, including 675mg EPA and 460mg DHA, as well as 1,000 IU of vitamin D.

UnoCardio has been rated #1 for quality by independent supplement aggregator Labdoor since 2015.

• Turmeric

Several studies have emphasised the ability of curcumin (turmeric’s primary active ingredient) to counteract inflammation via multiple pathways, including by regulating transcription factors and redox status and blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines and enzymes linked to inflammation.

While you should avoid high doses of turmeric if you take blood thinning medication such as Warfarin, a daily supplemental dosage of 1,000mg has been suggested for patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Try Maximized Turmeric 46x: a double-blind study comparison showed it to be 46x more absorbable than 95% curcuminoid extract, which is used in the vast majority of turmeric supplements.

What’s more, each capsule provides 500mg of curcuminoid raw material enhanced by BioPerine black pepper extract, the inclusion of which further enhances bioavailability.

Conclusion

Does magnesium oil represent a potential pain management solution for arthritis? Absolutely.

While we cannot confidently state that it will work for every single sufferer (just as pharmaceutical companies cannot do the same for most drugs), it represents a novel natural therapy.

If you give magnesium oil a try, we’d love to hear from you. If you choose to use our product, please leave a review noting your impressions; if you use a competitor product, we’d still love to hear about your experience.

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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Severe Joint Pain? Don’t Blame the Weather

It’s not uncommon for us to blame the weather when we suffer pain in our joints. How many times have we uttered ‘This cold and wind is no good for my bones’?

As a matter of fact, the weather tends to take the flak for numerous health complaints – not just severe joint pain, cold and flu but insomnia, fatigue and depression.

Two new studies from Australia, however, suggest changes in weather are not to blame for intermittent joint pain and flare-ups.

Is Bad Weather Causing You Pain?

The dyad of studies, which were conducted by the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, tried to find a correlation between subjects’ reports of pain and weather data gathered by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Their conclusion was that no link existed between the weather and reports of – in this instance – lower back pain and knee arthritis.

Factors such as air pressure, precipitation, wind speed and humidity appeared to have no effect on back pain in a study of 1,000 people published last month in the Pain Medicine journal. Researchers compared weather data from the week when the subjects reported back pain with data from a month earlier, when they had been pain-free.

The same was true of the arthritis study, in which 350 subjects participated. Although the study period was only three months (as opposed to four years for the back pain study), meteorological forces were again let off the hook.

There is absolutely no link between pain and the weather in these conditions,’ said Chris Maher, director of the musculoskeletal division at the George Institute for Global Health.

The findings are sure to come as a shock to those of us (and there are many) who angrily shake our fist at the empyrean whenever we suffer from a seemingly undiagnosable bout of pain. Severe joint pain is, in many minds, inextricably linked to the vagaries of weather.

But Don't Dropping Temperatures Affect Arthritis?

Perhaps further studies are needed before the picture becomes clearer. After all, we shouldn’t forget the 2007 Tufts University study, which showed that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental spike in arthritis pain.

Nor the widely held belief that barometric pressure – the weight of the atmosphere – has a bearing on joint pain. Barometric pressure is known to drop before bad weather strikes; lower air pressure is thought to allow tissues to expand, thereby putting pressure on the joint.

How to Keep Joints Healthy

Ultimately a consensus on whether the weather worsens severe joint pain – or any other pain – eludes us.

For now, mixed conclusions are all we have to rely on. If you want to avoid joint pain, you should endeavour to maintain a healthy lifestyle, favour low-impact exercise (cycle, don’t run; swim, don’t climb) and be sure to stretch daily or at least three times per week. You could also benefit from incorporating a supplement like Joint Vibrance into your diet.

As we age, chondrocyte (cartilage-building cells) activity slows and our tissue becomes less able to maintain homeostasis, leading to pressure on the joints. Joint Vibrance has been specifically engineered to address this problem, supplying chondrocytes with beneficial nutrients – nutrients that are essential for the construction of new cartilage.

Its high collagen content also works in concert with cartilage to promote the health of the joint, while a number of additional ingredients provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These include curcuminoids, grape seed extract and boswellia extract.

Joint Vibrance is available in powder form, which is easily mixed with water or juice, and also tablets. While blaming the weather for severe joint pain might release some frustration, it doesn’t help with pain relief. The aim should be to support your joints and improve flexibility rather than accepting pain as ‘just the way it is.’

In creating Joint Vibrance, our long-time suppliers Vibrant Health have employed valuable ingredients to help you enhance joint health.

Of course, there are other supplements for joint and bone health you might wish to consider. We have received great feedback, in particular, from customers who have used UnoCardio 1000 (high-strength fish oil + high-strength vitamin D) and Maximized Turmeric 46x. You might also consider using magnesium oil for arthritis. Our blog has all the details – just hit the last link.

An Encouraging New Development

Speaking of joints, scientists at Oxford University have recently created the first 3D model of human joints, which sheds light on how typical medical complaints have arisen over the years.

Researchers scanned 224 bone specimens to generate 3D computer models and reckon the information will enable them to anticipate future problems based on lifestyle and genetic changes.

Who knows, maybe severe joint pain will soon be a thing of the past. Till then, we should all do what we can to stay active, flexible and healthy.

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Rebuilding Joints Naturally Using Diet and Supplements

When the temperature drops, we often feel it in our joints. Cold weather makes it harder for achy joints to get moving and easier for old nagging pains to recur.

Instead of taking over-the-counter pain medications that may cause unwanted stomach and liver problems, seek to rebuild your joints naturally this winter with supplements that are proven to naturally repair cartilage.

What Causes Joint Pain?


Age doesn’t have to be the primary cause of achy joints, but an older individual may experience more joint pain than a younger one.

If you suffered an injury years ago that never completely healed, you may experience some degree of joint pain in this area. Sleeping on the wrong mattress or in the wrong position may cause you to wake up achy.

Inflammation of the joint in the form of osteoporosis or arthritis may also cause unpleasant pain. In rare cases, joint pain may be a sign of a degenerative disease.

How Collagen Naturally Repairs Cartilage and Reduces Joint Pain


Many over-the-counter medications are available to help cope with joint pain. But injections and medications may come with their own list of side effects, including stomach ulcers, liver damage and dependency.

Many people who are seeking help through physical therapy often drop out because it’s too painful for their joints. Luckily, there are natural forms of alternative treatments available to help you cope with the pain in a safer manner.

Collagen is an exciting recent discovery made by those who suffer from achy joints. Until recently, most people were aware that collagen was needed for skin health. But several studies have shown its effectiveness in rebuilding joints and cartilage naturally to reduce pain and increase mobility.

In fact, collagen may be the only nutrient scientifically proven to do so.

Collagen is the main structural unit of cartilage tissue, so it makes sense to supplement with it if you’re looking for natural cartilage repair.

Results from a 2016 study published in The Eurasian Journal of Medicine showed that patients with knee osteoarthritis who were treated with a combination of collagen and acetaminophen for three months reported better control of their pain than patients who treated with acetaminophen alone.

Several other studies have shown that cartilage supplementation may also have positive effects in treating early onset rheumatoid arthritis.

A study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism showed that positive effects were associated with patients who were given collagen even at low doses. The study also found that collagen was a safe and effective treatment method for joint pain as no side effects were observed in patients.

These findings were supported by both a 2009 study and a 2001 study showing positive associations between collagen supplementation and rheumatoid arthritis pain.

Another study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism found that collagen was effective in reducing arthritic pain even when administered in low doses.

Collagen has additionally been shown to reduce inflammatory cell infiltration in knee joints, decrease pain and tenderness in joints and reduce achy joints due to morning stiffness.

Another great way to alleviate morning joint stiffness is by exercising! See our article here on easy tips for incorporating exercise into your daily routine without even knowing it.

Other Nutrients That Naturally Promote Joint Health and Mobility

Joint pain caused by arthritis and osteoporosis is often brought on by inflammation of the joints. Your diet plays a large role in how well your body responds to inflammation.

An improper diet can also be the reason why your body is experiencing inflammation in the first place.

In addition to supplementing with collagen, you may also want to incorporate more alkalising fruits and vegetables into your diet to naturally flush inflammatory toxins from your joints.

Vitamins and minerals are an important part of any treatment plan to naturally rebuild joints and repair cartilage. In place of highly refined sugar and processed foods, focus on green leafy vegetables, berries and other fruits to help naturally boost a healthy immune system capable of fighting off inflammation that may otherwise attack your joints.

Joint Vibrance is a perfect supplement for achy joints. The formula contains everything you need to naturally repair cartilage/joints and reduce inflammation, including two types of collagen, vitamin C, calcium, iron, bromelain and glucosamine, just to name a few superstar ingredients.

The powder has a natural orange flavour, making it a great addition to smoothies; it can also be taken neat in a glass of water. JV includes a potent antioxidant blend, proven cartilage boosters and solubility factors so you’re guaranteed to absorb and utilise every bit of this powerful joint rebuilder.

Another natural ingredient you might want to look at is turmeric. Indeed, this natural anti-inflammatory is replacing conventional pain medication for a great many people. Transdermal magnesium oil is another natural product known to soothe joint pain and rheumatism.

Conclusion

When the temperature drops, we often feel it in our joints. Cold weather makes it harder for achy joints to get moving and easier for old nagging pains to recur.

Vitamins and minerals are an important part of any treatment plan to naturally rebuild joints and repair cartilage.

In place of highly refined sugar and processed foods, focus on green leafy vegetables, berries and other fruits to help naturally boost a healthy immune system capable of fighting off inflammation that may otherwise attack your joints.

We hope this article has convinced you that there are natural options to address deteriorating joints. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Natural Treatment Options for Degenerative Joint Disease

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and the most common type of degenerative joint disease, according to the World Health Organisation. Worldwide, 9.6 per cent of men and 18 per cent of women over the age of 60 battle with it. In England and Wales between1.3 and 1.75 million people have it.

It is a potentially disabling disease for which doctors claim there is still no cure.

We believe the best that can be done is to protect your joints as well as possible whilst they are strong and healthy and to manage the disease as naturally as possible when it occurs.

What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Degenerative joint disease stems from the wear and tear of the joints. It is chronic and progressive and involves the gradual loss of articular cartilage due to age or overuse. This cartilage is the soft, spongy cushion between your bones inside your joints.

It causes severe pain and stiffness primarily in the ankle, knee, hip, spinal, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger joints.

What Causes Degenerative Joint Disease?

At this stage experts have not come to a definitive conclusion. The wear and tear of the joints cannot be the only factor, as many people who put significant pressure on their joints do not suffer from it.

Some inherited genes are involved, either by causing insufficient production of the substances that make up cartilage, or by causing your bones to fit together in a way more likely to break down cartilage.

Frequent joint injuries of the types sportspeople suffer can destroy cartilage.

Obesity also plays a role, both because it puts too much weight on your joints, and because fat tissue produces inflammatory chemicals (cytokines) that damage them.

Problems Cited From Traditional Drug Treatments

The people who are most vulnerable to joint deterioration are the elderly and those in their late middle ages.

These also happen to be the people who are at the highest risk of suffering toxic reactions to large quantities of strong medication.

Their livers and kidneys are no longer young and strong enough to process the amount of pain medication that they need to take to keep their joint disorders under control.

Typical treatments for degenerating joints include the following:

  • Analgesics are pain killers. They are the least toxic of the options, but they nevertheless have serious drawbacks.They are physically addictive, in that a larger amount is needed over time to achieve the same pain relief. At the weakest end, paracetamol is too weak to control severe joint pain, and at the strongest end, opioids are seriously addictive. Worst of all, they do not treat the inflammation and cartilage deterioration at all.


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) treat both the inflammation and the pain, but they can have serious side effects. Regular use can wear down the stomach lining and cause stomach ulcers and bleeding, and they put substantial pressure on the kidneys that can develop into kidney disease. Some types are even associated with a moderate risk of heart attack. Aspirin and ibuprofen are the weakest over-the-counter types, while the stronger ones are available on prescription only.


  • Corticosteroids are steroids that are particularly effective at treating inflammation and pain. The topical creams and tablets are effective for only mild cases, however, while the injections carry the risk of organ failure and bone density loss.


  • Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in your joint and eye fluid that acts as a shock absorber and lubricant. It can be helpful for people with degenerating joints because their natural supply gets broken down. This does involve regular injections at a doctor's office, however.

Natural Treatment Options for Degenerative Joint Disease

  • Thermal therapies can be administered at home or in an occupational therapist's office. Heat can relieve stiffness and pain, while cold can relieve muscle spasms and pain. Electrically heated gloves or microwavable bean bags are popular for home use on finger, wrist, spinal, and neck joints.

  • Occupational therapists can help you combat stiffness by teaching you some range of motion and flexibility exercises, tailored to your specific needs and requirements. Your joints must remain active to slow the progression of most joint diseases. These exercises will ensure that they remain flexible and that they can move the full range of their abilities. Once you have learnt these exercises, it will also be safe for you to adopt an exercise program that uses, but not damages, your joints.

  • Collagen is the main structural protein in connective tissue. This is the stuff that yields gelatin when it is boiled. Many studies have demonstrated that it is an effective treatment for pre-arthritis and mild arthritis, even in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Some researchers have concluded that it is approximately as effective as NSAIDS without the side effects. It supplies your body with the necessary materials to build up your cartilage again. Joint Vibrance Powder is a supplement that contains it.

  • Methylsulfonylmethane, or just MSM, is also able to relieve pain and improve physical function of the joints. In a study on people with osteoarthritis in the knee joints, Canadian researchers found a significant improvement in the performance of activities of daily living together with the pain relief. Joint Vibrance includes this substance too. It also includes some hyaluronic acid to bathe your joints in nutrients.

  • Topical capsaicin cream might also work. Capsaicin is the compound in chilli peppers that makes them taste hot. A cream form has been found to be a useful treatment for inflammatory joint pain, including for some people with moderate to serious rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Readdressing Your Joint Pain Treatment Options

In the 21st century, we too quickly grab at toxic drugs when their use is still avoidable.

There are normally natural substances that can keep disorders under control for some time. Since these natural treatment options work for people with osteoarthritis, they should definitely be tried for less serious joint pain first. In fact, elderly people can benefit from them for joint health even before they suffer much joint pain.

It is true that prevention is better than cure. If a cure is required, however, it is also true that a non-toxic cure is better than a toxic one.

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