As we grow older, we notice body aches and pains we never used to never have … in places we never knew could hurt!
This pain may come either early or later in life. For the lucky few, it might not come at all.
The body is made up of joints, and this interlocking system within us allows us to move the way we do.
When we can perform all sorts of physical movements, we can take them for granted. But one day, we might find it difficult to move without the agony of pain.
Though there can be numerous reasons for joint pain and body aches, inflammation is the No.1 most-likely candidate.
Inflammation is the body’s response to infection or injury. Often it goes away once the body has healed and normal tissue function has returned.
But if it persists, these “growing” pains can affect us physically and mentally, making us feel helpless.
However, in many cases it’s possible to ease the suffering.
So today, I want to share with you a quick and easy way to prevent and improve joint pain.
First, let’s meet two molecules that provide healthy cartilage in and around joints.
I recently came across a study said to be the first randomized controlled trial to test the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin on inflammation.
Here’s how they work …
• Glucosamine is an amino sugar that the body produces. You can find it in cartilage and other connective tissue.
• Chondroitin is a complex carbohydrate that helps cartilage to retain water.
For decades, both substances have been advertised and studied for joint health.
But this study — funded by the National Institutes of Health — seems to be the best-performed, from a research approach, to date.
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Because glucosamine levels decline as people age, joints can worsen over time. So, scientists looked at its effects on healthy participants.
In other words, they were free of underlying conditions that could have affected the results.
Scientists found that, when it comes to keeping joints healthy, these two molecules — glucosamine and chondroitin — work better together.
This study found that a combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate may reduce levels of C-reaction protein (CRP).
CRP is a key biomarker of inflammation.
In the study, scientists issued doses of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500 mg/day) and chondroitin sulfate (1,200 mg/day) for 28 days.
This group saw a significant reduction in inflammation, compared to the placebo recipients.
In fact, data showed the combination reduced CRP levels by an impressive 23%, compared to placebo.
The glucosamine-chondroitin combo also helped to reduce “cytokine activity” (vs. placebos). This was according to findings published by the Public Library of Science, which opens up research to peer review.
Here’s what you need to know …
Cytokine activity is another measure of inflammation in the body.
The takeaway: Glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate have been used for years, and this is further justification for their use.
It’s also possible to treat inflammation naturally through diet.
How We Can Reduce Inflammation
As always, check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet and to your “healthy” routine.
That said, some nutritional experts suggest we can:
• Load up on fruits and vegetables
• Eat whole grains instead of refined carbs
• Incorporate fish, nuts and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids
• Avoid saturated/trans fats, and full-fat dairy foods
• Add spices like ginger, cayenne, garlic, cinnamon and curry, which have been found to combat inflammation.
Related story: Could eating spicy foods help you live longer?
If you’re feeling some unwanted aches and pains, this could be the kind of investment your body needs.
Happy and Healthy Investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily
Source: PLoS One Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0117534. “Randomized Trial of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplementation on Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Biomarkers and Plasma Proteomics Profiles in Healthy Humans” — Authors: S.L. Navarro, E. White, E.D. Kantor, et al.