The 4th article in the Full Body MOT Series from Vytaliving concerns bone and joint health, arthritis, joint pain and inflammation. It is a brand-new year, and time for new beginning. Perhaps, you're thinking of taking up a new hobby, skill or just taking better care of yourself. Here at Vytaliving, we are making it our mission to support you in making 2022 your best year of wellbeing yet.
For the full month of January, we will be releasing handy guides for boosting your mental and physical health. In the words of Novak Djokovic
“We only have one life and one body to care of, and we better do it right.’
The Musculoskeletal System is made up of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The role is to provide support, stability and facilitate movement.
Common problems with Bones & Joints
Common Problems with bones and joints lead to inflamed joints, pain, heat, and swelling. In addition to increased risk of falls, fractures and injury. Some are created from overuse, injury or even autoimmune diseases. There is thought to be over 200 conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Some of these disorders include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
According to research, musculoskeletal disorders affect 1 in 4 of the adult population which is around 9.6 million adults and 12,000 children in the UK.
Functional ingredients for Healthy Bones & Joints
Symptoms that affect the musculoskeletal system can be hugely debilitating and may affect the person’s quality of life. Research suggests that 10.8 million days are lost as a consequence of musculoskeletal conditions.
Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Bones
Our peak bone health happens in our early adult years. From there, our bones recycle and develop new tissue. For the body to do this in a healthy way, the body requires sufficient nutrients for bone calcification. Important nutrients for bone health include calcium, Vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet rich in all the nutrients mentioned above will help to maintain normal bones. Lack of mineralisation of the bones can lead to diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. One of the causes for porous and weak bones is a poor diet. To ensure healthy bones, Vytaliving recommends focusing on sources of the above nutrients found in dairy products, fortified plant dairy alternatives, green leafy vegetables, tofu, nuts and seeds. Two studies found that 90% of women may not be getting enough calcium and over 50% of women treated for bone loss have inadequate vitamin D levels. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are pretty undetectable diseases at first as there are few obvious and detectable symptoms. It’s on when a minor fall or bump causes a fracture of break that this is detected.
Turmeric rose to fame due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. The wonder-active responsible for this is the active Curcumin or Curcuminoids in the turmeric. Research has shown that concentrated turmeric extract acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting pro-inflammatory mediators PGE2, NO, IL-6, and IL-8. One study looked at pain and arthritis symptoms, the participants took 1000mg of turmeric per day for 8-12 weeks. This was found to reduce pain and inflammation, with similar results to other methods of conventional treatment. Lastly, in two studies turmeric (1000-1500mg/day) was found to be effective than ibuprofen for post-surgical pain, swelling and delayed onset of muscle soreness.
Collagen & Vitamin C
Vitamin C is required to facilitate collagen synthesis within the body. In addition to contributing to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones. In addition, Dietary intake of vitamin C has been shown to reduce cartilage loss and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Two preclinical studies looking at vitamin C and healing found that there was a significant increase in type I collagen fibres and scar tissue formation in those that took supplemental vitamin C and the control group. The same results were shown for an animal study and Achilles tendon injury recovery.
Collagen makes up a lot of the structure in joints, tendons and ligaments. Most recently, supplemental collagen has taken the market by storm with research suggesting that it acts as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Its high level of safety makes it attractive as an agent for long-term use in these chronic disorders.
Another popular ingredient is glucosamine. This is deemed to be so effective that at a certain dosage the supplement becomes a medicine. According to the Cochrane Review - People with osteoarthritis who take glucosamine may reduce their pain, may improve their physical function and are unlikely to experience side effects. Whereas one study found that, in comparison with traditional medications, glucosamine significantly improved arthritic symptoms after 12 weeks of therapy and remained effective 8 weeks after treatment was discontinued.
Exercise & Supports
Exercise for Healthy Bones & Joints
It is safe and advised for people with joint issues to exercise for your condition. However, you are recommended to speak to your GP or healthcare professional for specified advice. If you continue to be active you can help to reduce and prevent pain, maintain joint strength, flexibility and freedom of movement.
For more information on where to get started to might like to try: Versus Arthritis
Supports for Injured Joints
Vytaliving has a range of products called the biofeedbac range which was developed by a a musculoskeletal expert, Dr Malcom Pope. These use proprioception so that the body naturally and instinctively corrects, and aligns to minimise injury, aches, pains and discomfort. This range includes supports for the knees, back, wrist, ankle, foot arch, elbow and more.
Here are a few reviews from happy customers:
Biofeedbac Lumbros Belt- 5 ⭐
‘I purchased one of these belts a few months ago and found it gave constant relief. I have now purchase another belt for a relative.’
Biofeedbac Knee Support- 5 ⭐
‘The BioFeedBac Knee Support has enabled me to continue working for the past few years, I have to walk miles every day and without the support I would be unable to do this. Excellent product.’
Biofeedbac Bioposture Back Corrector- 5 ⭐
‘I have been wearing the support belt for the last 4 weeks and it has in my case worked very well, up until using the belt I had been putting Ibuprofen Gel on my back which worked but I have not had to use Ibuprofen since using the belt. So far it has been a great success.’
- Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
- Orthopaedic Research UK
- Royal Osteoarthritis Society
- Arthritis Action
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
In the new year regain fluid movement, free from painful joints. It’s a new year full of lots of activities and potential adventures don’t lose out on any experiences or feel held back by those nagging aches and pains. Vytaliving has the answer to healthy bones and joints.