Taking a proactive approach to maintaining joint health, regardless of your age, is crucial for an active and healthy lifestyle. While joint diseases are commonly associated with older individuals, many younger adults, who have put a strain on their joints with strenuous workouts and activities, are experiencing joint pain as well and are seeking supplements to provide them with a wider range of motion as well as pain relief. An estimated 75 million adults in the U.S. are affected by arthritis and other joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Consumer research has indicated that one in five adults are currently managing or treating joint pain, arthritis, or stiffness and as many as seven out of ten adults are looking for ways to prevent joint issues before they begin.
Pharmaceutical drugs and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and corticosteroids are among the most commonly used medications for pain relief and inflammation reduction, but they have come under scrutiny for their potential side effects. These drugs reduce pain and inflammation by inhibiting the COX enzymes. However, some of the COX enzymes, such as prostaglandins, play a protective role in the gastrointestinal tract. Use of NSAIDs and other similar drugs have been found to cause not only gastrointestinal problems, but have also been linked to an increased risk of renal failure, heart attack, thrombosis, and stroke.
Because of these potential side effects, many sufferers of joint pain have turned to supplements as a safer alternative. Sales and usage of joint health supplements have risen continuously over the past several years due to the prevalence of chronic pain and the safety and efficacy of supplements.
NutraSense recommends the following supplements for improving joint health and protecting against joint disease:
Glucosamine ES – Glucosamine is found naturally in the body’s joint cartilage and helps keep the joints healthy and lubricated. Glucosamine supplements, like Glucosamine ES, may help slow down the deterioration of cartilage, reduce joint pain, and improve joint mobility. Unlike other glucosamine supplements on the market, Glucosamine ES is not produced from shellfish or shellfish waste, but is instead formulated with Cargill Regenasure brand, which uses a patented corn fermentation process.
Glucosamine Plus Chondroitin – Chondrotin is also naturally found in cartilage and bone. It has been found to reduce joint pain and inflammation, slow the progression of osteoarthritis, and improve joint function. A study by the National Institute of Health found that a daily combination of glucosamine and chondroitin might help ease symptoms in people with moderate-to-severe joint pain. Glucosamine Plus Chondroitin from NutraSense uses Chondropure Chondroitin Sulfate, which is manufactured in the U.S. with the added protection of the FDA Drug Master File.
JointSense with NEM – Natural Eggshell Matrix is a safe and effect supplement for alleviating joint pain and inflammation that contains key building blocks that support joints. JointSense with NEM is a natural source of four key joint health nutrients: glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. Clinical studies show that one capsule per day is all that is needed for positive results, which can be felt in as little as one week.
OptiMSM – MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur-containing compound found in all vertebrates, including humans. MSM acts as a sulfur donor and impacts sulfur metabolism in the body. MSM supplementation helps combat exercise-induced inflammation, supports healthy joints and range of motion, and prevents cartilage breakdown. It also reduces oxidative stress following exercise, which can lead to inflammation and wear and tear on joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other connective tissues. OptiMSM from NutraSense is the only MSM on the market that has been designated as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA. It is also certified for quality and consistency.
Omega 3 Plus – Omega 3 fatty acids play an integral role in maintaining healthy cells throughout the body. It is instrumental in regulating inflammation, blood pressure and thickness, hormone production, and the activities of the immune central nervous systems. Several studies have reported improvements in morning stiffness and joint tenderness with regular use of omega-3s. NutraSense’s Omega 3 Plus contains both DHA and EPA and has received a 5 out of 5 star rating from the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) Program for its purity, safety, cleanliness, and concentration.