We’ve seen big advances in natural, plant-based joint supplements during the past few years. That’s true in both their effectiveness and their overall health benefits.
To relieve joint pain, many people turn to harmful synthetic pharmaceutical pain relievers.
It’s easy to walk into your nearest pharmacy and buy aspirin or other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Tylenol is another popular, although potentially risky, choice for pain relief.
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However, I think there are better choices for joint-pain relief that you can make. That’s why today I want to share with you my top three joint supplements of 2016.
When choosing these three supplements for this article, I had two important criteria that each supplement needed to meet:
Immediate pain relief to make your quality of life better right now, and
Long-term healing to improve your quality of life over time
Pharmaceutical pain relievers (opiates, Tylenol, etc.) only mask pain and act like a Band-Aid® for your body.
NSAID medications like ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory. That’s good, but they also come with some serious side effects. Think liver damage, increased risk of heart failure, and even a greater risk of death when used longer term.
True joint health and pain relief must come with a total benefit to the body.
Here are three novel, highly effective joint supplements that could give you immediate pain relief and also promote healing over the long term …
Closely related to common grapes, Cissus is a perennial plant. Although it isn’t completely certain where Cissus first arose, India or Sri Lanka are two high contenders.
Cissus is just becoming popular in the U.S. as a joint supplement; however, it’s been used in Ayurvedic (Eastern) treatments for generations.
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One of the most-unique traits of Cissus is its ability to boost collagen synthesis by over 100%. Collagen is the main component of connective tissue and the most-abundant protein in mammals.
Very few joint supplements, and especially synthetic pain relievers, have the ability to actually increase the production of collagen in the body and repair damaged tendons and ligaments. This one-two-punch can make Cissus a special option for you.
Cissus is also shown to be anti-inflammatory — a must in joint supplementation. Studies suggest it has the ability to relieve pain in users by 31%.
Not only does Cissus relieve pain and enhance recovery, but it could also help people to maintain bone mass.
Studies followed oral intake of Cissus Quadrangularis in a rat model mimicking menopause for 90 days. The herb was able to fully prevent:
Losses of bone strength, and
Up to 86% of the losses in bone thickness.
This suggests that humans with osteoporosis and other bone-eradicating diseases could see positive results by adding a Cissus supplement to their healthy regimens.
Boswellia serrata, its scientific name, is also known as "Indian frankincense." You might have heard of Boswellia before or used it in other joint supplements.
But a new patent-pending extract called ApresFlexâ is the next generation of Boswellia supplements.
This is a new form based upon the clinically proven Boswellia serrata extract providing Acetyl-11-keto-ß-boswellic acid (AKBA) with a proprietary Boswellia extract.
Boswellia. Image source: Franz Eugen Köhler, Wikipedia
Tests show that compared to AKBA alone, AprèsFLEX® increases absorption rates by 52% — a quicker therapeutic benefit. And its elimination pattern from the blood suggests a longer-lasting activity.
This unique composition improves the bioavailability and bioactivity of the AKBA. Meanwhile the proprietary extract exhibits 5-LOX inhibition as well.
To explain, 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) is a member of the lipoxygenase family of enzymes. It transforms fatty acids into leukotrienes. Excess levels of the enzyme 5-LOX sets in motion inflammatory responses that have been linked to aging.
Normal aging results in higher-than-desired levels of 5-LOX and inflammation.
This kind of lox is better for your health than 5-LOX, which can accelerate the aging process.
The SAD (Standard American Diet) greatly increases these levels as well. Foods rich in high-glycemic carbohydrates (think Omega-6 fats, which can cause heart disease) trigger overproduction of arachidonic acid.
In response to high levels of arachidonic acid, the body produces the 5-LOX enzyme.
Together, the synergism exceeds the expected benefit of the individual ingredients.
AprèsFLEX® also more effectively inhibits MMP-3 activity. This helps protect against collagen degradation, an important component of connective tissues we talked about before.
Andrographis Paniculata (ParActin®)
Used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, A. Paniculata has shown a broad range of pharmacological effects such as anti-viral … antibacterial … preventing the common cold … anti-diarrheal … supporting healthy blood glucose … and supporting healthy inflammatory response.
A patented extract of A. Paniculata called ParActin® is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It’s also one of the most-exciting new joint supplements in the world.
ParActin® works by boosting your body’s natural PPAR gamma response and inhibiting NF-kappaB.
Well, what on earth does what does that mean?
When you have a higher PPAR gamma response and NFkappaB is inhibited, pro-inflammatory markers in the body are reduced. At the same time, pro-inflammatory agents such as COX-2, iNOS, and TNF-alpha also decrease.
This means reduced inflammation in your joints, less pain and a higher quality of life.
ParActin® reduces the COX-2 enzyme .COX-2 is an enzyme responsible for causing inflammation and pain.
Blocking this enzyme impedes the production of the chemical messengers that cause the pain and swelling inflammation.
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For those who really want to get into the science behind ParActin, here is a list of all the ways this novel supplement reduces inflammation in the body …
Inhibits NF-κB binding to DNA
Inhibits COX-2 and reduce PGE2
Inhibits NFAT — bone erosion
Stimulates osteoblasts & calcium deposits
Decreases Rheumatoid Factor — TNF-α
Reduces IgA & IgM: cartilage damage
Reduces C-Reactive Protein
Promote regulatory T cell (Treg), CD4+CD25+
Reduces AP-1 & STAT3 in synovial tissue
ParActin is an incredible supplement. And test results are showing it to be more effective than regular over-the-counter synthetic pharmaceuticals. Plus, it doesn’t have the same nasty side effects that come along with them.
Together these are the ultimate combination of joint health and pain-relief supplements.
Not only can they help you feel better day in and day out, but they could actually help heal your joints and improve your overall quality of life in the longer term.
Have you ever used one of these joint supplements before?
Are you thinking about adding one of them in your daily life?
If so please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the comment section below.
Happy and Healthy Investing,