Joints form the connections between bones, providing support and helping us to move, and you probably don’t realise how important they are until they hurt. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can affect mobility and cause a lot of pain.
Why do our joints hurt?
We are reliant on our joints our whole lives, and they take a lot of punishment especially the knees, and hips. The cartilage which cushions the joints gradually wears down with time. Collagen also decreases naturally as part of the ageing process which is when issues with the joints may start to arise.
Tissue damage from sports injuries, or wear and tear as we get older can lead to more chronic degenerative conditions of the joints and bones. Joint pain is a very common problem, especially as we age and it can affect any part of the body from the feet to the shoulders.
There can be several common reasons why our joints hurt ranging from injuries to arthritis. Inflammation inside the joints can cause pain, if cartilage is badly worn the bone underneath may also begin to wear and change shape which can be very painful.
Many different conditions can lead to painful joints including different types of arthritis, gout, strains, sprains, and injuries. Joint pain can be acute or chronic, can affect your quality of life, and may need to be managed with medication, physical therapy or alternatives.
If you are at all concerned about joint pain, then seek help and advice from a medical professional.
Tips and tricks to ease your joint pain
If you are suffering from joint pain there are many tips you can try for joint pain relief:
Looking after your joints in the long term.
Prevention is the best medicine. Support and protect your joints early on to prevent against problems later in life. We use our joints in every movement we make so we need to take care of them throughout the life cycle and not just when we have pain.
Take notice of any pain you feel or experience, and take particular care as soon as you notice your joints are painful. Use your body in ways that reduce pain and strain which will help you continue with your daily activities.
Support and strengthen the muscles that support your joints, and protect them from strain. Keep an ideal body weight to reduce pressure on joints and try and to keep as fit as possible to build up muscles and strength.
Regularly include joint supporting foods, herbs, and supplements in your daily diet. Add ginger and turmeric to your foods, and take collagen/bone broth post workout to support the recovery of your joints.
Our connective tissues are made from collagen and it is a key component for structural support. It is a great addition for preventative action, though it can also be useful for joint pain relief in combination with other targeted nutrients and herbs like in our Active blend.
Collagen can support joint health, helping with pain management, stiffness, and mobility due to the anti-inflammatory nature of its amino acids including glycine and proline which are essential for the stability and regeneration of cartilage. It provides support for the growth and repair of cartilage tissues, and research suggests the amino acids stimulate synthesis of collagen in cartilage and the extracellular matrix of other tissues making it an essential choice for healthy joints.