What’s Causing Your Arthritis?If you have arthritis, you aren’t suffering alone. Roughly 52 million other people have one of the 100 types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, though. It’s characterized by the deterioration of the cartilage between bone joints. So, over time, instead of having a cushion between your bones, they rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation. That friction, in time, actually changes the shape of your bones. The bad news is that when cartilage is gone, it’s gone for good. Your body cannot regenerate cartilage on its own. But the good news is that supplements can help protect the cartilage you still have AND curb your daily arthritis pain and inflammation.
CurcuminCurcumin is a superpower supplement that I recommend for nearly everything… because it does nearly everything! For arthritis, curcumin helps you in two major ways (all backed by clinical research). In one study, it proved significantly more effective at relieving inflammation caused by physical exertion than placebo. Another study looked at curcumin’s effect on chondrocytes, the cells found only in healthy cartilage. Curcumin lasers in on these cells and protects them from being damaged, keeping them strong and flexible. And a third study confirmed the results of the previously study—showing that curcumin protects cartilage by increasing the metabolic activity of chondrocytes, preventing degeneration, and, in turn, preventing arthritis pain and inflammation from worsening over time. I cannot understate the importance of arthritis prevention and curcumin’s role in it. Make no mistake, curcumin can work wonders on today’s pain and inflammation, but it’s even more effective for preventing that pain and inflammation from getting worse tomorrow. And then every day after that. Recommendation: Take 1,500 mg over the course of the day.
Omega-3 EFAsOmega-3s are right up there with curcumin in terms of their versatility and ability to improve many aspects of your health. Studies have shown that omega-3s can:
- Reduce your risk of heart disease
- Boost your brain power and functioning
- Help people with diabetes control triglyceride levels
- Reduce symptoms of depression and prevent depression from developing
UC-II CollagenUC-II collagen isn’t a very widely known supplement, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case for very long. UC-II collagen is naturally derived from chicken cartilage then treated to better resemble natural collagen—the primary building block of your own cartilage. Yes, I know that sounds strange. But, how it works is pretty cool. Sometimes your immune system’s T-cells attack healthy cartilage as part of an auto-immune response to inflammation. Studies show that UC-II “deactivates” these T-cells from attacking cartilage, which then allows the body to repair cartilage and heal joints. What’s perhaps most impressive is that these findings weren’t part of a drug vs. placebo study. Researchers put UC-II collagen toe-to-toe with glucosamine and chondroitin, one of today’s most common joint supplement duos, also shown to help damaged joints. In a large study of osteoarthritis patients, with an average age of 59, UC-II collagen was faster acting
- Promotes healthy joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved walking distance and physical functioning
- Allows the body to rebuild joint cartilage
- Improves quality of life
- Promotes joint comfort even after overexertion from physical activity