Arthritis Awareness Month
National Arthritis Months brings awareness to the condition. Arthritis causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. There are several types of arthritis, the most common being Osteoarthritis, Gout and Rheumatoid arthritis. Although most common in older people, it can affect anyone at any age. Supplementing and diet, as well as regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and pain, as there is currently no cure for the ailment.
If you suffer with arthritis, depending on where you are affected most, you may not be able to participate in repetitive, high impact exercise such as running. There are low-impact activities you can partake in such as swimming or yoga, which can help you to strengthen your muscles and increase stamina while not putting to much stress on your joints. Over time, your muscles will become much stronger, thus providing better support for your joints. It is also important to keep your body moving to prevent your joints from becoming stiff. Exercise comes with many other benefits too, such as the release of endorphins that make you feel good, weight loss that can help alleviate pressure from the joints and improved cardiovascular health. Sometimes we need a boost from supplements to offer extra help, especially when its not always guaranteed that we can consume our daily recommendations through our diet alone. Continue reading for our top supplements to help combat joint pain caused by arthritis.
Methylsulphonylmethane or MSM is a source of naturally occurring sulphur, which is essential for the regeneration of cells and connective tissues. This is because MSM supplements, which we offer as tablets or in powder form, supply the body with extra sulphur which leads to an increase in the rebuilding of your connective tissue. Sulphur also helps to create the compound methionine, which assists other amino sugars in the production of collagen. Collagen is a key structural protein found in cartilage and can help to improve joint stability and mobility and help with joint pain. As well as benefiting connective tissues and the production of collagen, the release of sulphur inside your body stimulates your blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow which can decrease inflammation. If you are taking blood-thinning medications it is not recommended to take MSM supplements.
Ice Gel is a fast-acting and cooling solution for muscular aches and pains, back pain and mild arthritic pain, that can be used daily to provide lasting relief. Massage and rub the gel into the affected area until it is absorbed into the skin to feel immediate effect. Our Ice Gel contains the active ingredient menthol, widely used as a topical analgesic to provide temporary pain relief, as well as the additional ingredients arnica and willow extract. Ideal for muscle soreness and soothing muscular injuries as the cooling action penetrates deep into the tissue, which is of course beneficial if you are using exercise as a way to combat arthritic pain.
One of our best-selling products, Celadrin® is a patented combination of fatty acids which can enhance the integrity of cell membranes in the body. Working in a similar way to the essential fatty acids from fish oil, but much more dramatically (taking affect in as little as 30 minutes), it provides support during the inflammatory process, which can cause pressure and pain on your joints. By decreasing inflammation and lubricating cell membranes throughout the body to restore the fluid cushioning bones and joints, it promotes flexibility and mobility. Long term the reduction of inflammation achieved by using Celadrin® helps towards overall healthy joint function. It can also relive muscle stiffness caused by injury.
We also offer Celadrin® Joint Cream, that can be applied directly onto the affected area and used alongside our Celardin® capsules for extra joint pain relief.