Another common and often overlooked joint is the area of the rear pelvis. These joints are held together by multiple layers of cartilage and don’t move more than a few degrees. But, because they bear the weight of the whole upper body they are subject to numerous injuries and inflammation. As we age, lower back pain and stiffness often becomes one of the most common joint problems.
Medical scientists have been trying for the last 100 years to produce drugs that will grow new cartilage and synovial fluid in human joints, because their loss with aging is the main cause of osteoarthritis, the most debilitating disease in Western Society. Along the way, science has discovered natural substances that speed the boy’s own processes of cartilage renewal, and inhibit its decline.
Your body rebuilds cartilage continuously, as the chondrocytes manufacture long strands of collagen and feather-like proteoglycans. Researchers have found that increased intake of high collagen foods does increase collagen production. High collagen foods include free-run poultry, wild fish and shellfish, especially mussels. These foods are also high in omega-3 fats which are super anti-inflammatory which may be part of the benefit
A major component of proteoglycans is the chemical glucosamine. Your body makes glucosamine from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. When joints are placed under stress, or as we age, the rate of glucosamine production often falls below the rate of wear. This causes inflammation of the joints and is the major process by which arthritis begins. Adding glucosamine sulfate to your supplements will help.
The other major component of proteoglycans is chondroitin. This gives the cartilage is resistance to compression. Make sure that your supplement contains chondroitin as well as glucosamine.
Hyaluronan is a major component of the synovial lubricating system of joints. The big problem with hyaluronic acid is absorption. This is why it has frequently been used as an injection directly into the joint. Recent research has shown however, that taking hyaluronic acid by mouth will increase synovial fluid in joints. Add hyaluronic acid to your supplement formula.
Finally, your body needs a lot of sulfur to make new cartilage. This is one of the reasons why the sulfate form of glucosamine is the most successful. The onion family is a good source of sulfur in your diet. Add to this a supplement of MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) a good source of sulfur.
Making these additions to your diet and supplement program should help to keep your joints happy for many years to come.
We use the Ageless Joint Support and Pain Relief Cream shown in our Healthy Aging Products section.