Looking After Bone and Joint Health — Supplements at Work

Maintaining strong bones and healthy joints can provide a person with much worry-free mobility and allow him or her to perform demanding tasks and enjoy physical activities. Better management of pain and inflammation that may affect joints can be expected too. As bones in a joint glide over one another during movement, a low friction environment is desirable for smooth operation. Healthy cartilage is thus an essential component of bone and joint health. Damaged or worn cartilage causes an affected joint to become painful and stiff, limiting the useful range of motion. Supplements for Healthy Bones and Joints In the ideal scenario, the food we eat is sufficient to supply the body with necessary nutrients for proper nourishment. Unfortunately, many of us don’t eat a balanced diet and don’t consume enough vital foods. Hence, the need for supplements such as vitamins and minerals to make up for any lack. To look after bone and joint health, the following dietary supplements are usually recommended. More information on this topic can be found at WebMD.com; About.com (here and here); and DrWeil.com, for example. In addition, exercise and watching one’s weight are important for the joints. Calcium Long regarded as critical for building strong bones, most of us are used to getting calcium from milk and dairy products since birth. When the body hasn’t got enough calcium, loss of bone mass can increase and bone fracture can become more likely. As mentioned on Dr. Weil’s website (see earlier link), the recommended daily need for calcium is about 1000mg for women and 600mg for men. Women are advised to supplement with 500-700 mg...

Treating Arthritis with Common Vitamins and Minerals?

Note from the author: This article has been edited to ensure a balanced view is presented. It is meant for educational purposes only, not for dispensing medical advice. When in doubt, always consult your doctor or a medical professional first. Vitamins and minerals are used commonly nowadays — the elderly take them, working adults take them; even the young take them. When taken as dietary supplements, they can provide nutrients and trace elements which are necessary for good health and growth but missing in the foods we eat. Taking vitamins and minerals is also helpful in building the body’s resilience against ailments or dealing with existing problems. For example, it is common knowledge that Vitamin C is regarded as a defense against cold. It is also shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties. This WebMD article mentions other benefits such as protection against cardiovascular disease and skin wrinkling. However, Vitamin C is not the cure for the common cold. While supplements such as vitamins and minerals may relieve symptoms associated with diseases, they may not be able to treat illness and diseases. Understanding this distinction is important to appreciate the role of supplements with regards to arthritis pain relief and overall treatment. How Arthritis is Normally Treated The usual way your doctor would treat arthritis would be to give you some medication, invariably of the NSAID or Corticosteroid kind. About.com lists the “10 Most Commonly Prescribed Arthritis Drugs” as: Methotrexate and Folic acid; Prednisone; Plaquenil; Vicodin; Ultram; Mobic; Celebrex; Flexeril; and Lyrica. Many in this list are known to produce nasty side effects; you can learn about such dangerous medications...

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