Supplements for Bones, Joints and Muscles

The variety of supplements out there for bones, joints and muscles are as great as the possible reasons for needing them.  I will summarise some of the most important ones and in short why one would choose this particular supplement.

Some want to perform better in sports or recover faster after training.  Others are recovering from injuries, while there are those who suffer from chronic degenerative joint pain.  Many different diseases and lifestyle factors can cause inflammation, pain and degeneration in joints.

Keep in mind that no supplement can replace proper nutrition, exercise and movement.  If the pain/injury is so great that exercise is not possible, get help from a qualified physiotherapist, biokineticist and/or osteopath to help you move again. At the same time, provide the joints with the right micronutrients from supplements and excellent food.

Before you start taking supplements for your bone, joint and muscle health, think about the reason you need them and your goal. Read through the summary of what they do to help you decide what you should take.

(For any serious health condition, always contact your health practitioner!)

 

Magnesium 

Magnesium is involved in so much in the body.  It is needed to help the muscles produce energy while also being essential to help the muscles relax.  The fact that magnesium helps to improve sleep quality also means that it speeds up recovery and healing of joints, bones and muscles.

Magnesium directly helps to reduce pain and inflammation in its very intricate way of working.  Magnesium is vital for bone health and supports calcium in increasing bone density.  If you have problems with joints, bones and muscles and are not taking magnesium, this might be your most important starting point.

 

Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial in controlling inflammatory processes related to joint pain in our bodies.  Omega 3s used to be part of our lives via our food chain and have reduced significantly.  Unless you are eating wild caught (not farmed) fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel or sardines at least once a week, you most probably need to take a top quality omega 3 supplement regularly.  Not only does it help to control joint inflammation and pain, it also helps to reduce resting muscle tension and improve bone quality. 

Do not take a poor quality omega 3 to save money, rather take an excellent one less often if you have to.  The poor quality ones are much less effective and can even have some unhealthy ingredients. This is the Omega 3 we highly recommend: Purest Omega 3

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are some of the most popular joint supplements for a very good reason.  They have been proven to support build-up and healing of cartilage and reduce pain and inflammation in joints.  Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate also improves the joint-fluid viscosity and quality. 

Good quality supplements are very important (as always) due to where to raw materials are sourced. If this supplement is too pricey, one very good way of increasing Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate intake without pills is by having bone broth from good sources regularly.

 

MSM

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, DMSO2) can restore collagen production, which means it supports the health of bones, joints and muscles. It has been shown to decrease joint inflammation and improve flexibility.

MSM helps to restore the flexibility and permeability of cell walls in muscles, thereby improving repair. This results in less soreness and less cramps.

MSM occurs naturally in some green vegetables, but to reach therapeutic levels it needs to be supplemented.  MSM is often used as a pre-training supplement and can result in less muscle damage and faster recovery.  
 

Serrapeptase

Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme involved in clearing inflammatory chemicals from the body. These enzymes are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents while also improving circulation, boosting the immune system and having a variety other health benefits.

We produce our own proteolytic enzymes for digestion (pancreatic enzymes) and also for inflammatory control, circulation and more.  The proteolytic enzymes for inflammatory control and circulation are produced by the inner-lining of the blood vessels.   This production starts to reduce from age 40 and proteolytic enzymes are also seen by some as a part of staying young and healthy after 40!

Many are surprised when trying this supplement for inflammation and pain, not trusting anything “natural” to be as effective in fast relief of pain and inflammation.  The effectiveness is truly amazing together with wonderful safety and other health benefits.

Serrapeptase is only available via practitioners. Contact us if you need details of practitioners who stock it.

 

BioCurcumin

BioCurcumin is a highly absorbable Curcumin/Turmeric product, meaning you get a great amount more benefit from one single capsule than most other similar products.

Curcumin is involved in controlling inflammation and reducing damage in the joints.  Studies with the form of curcumin found in BioCurcumin shows symptom relief in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The benefits include pain reduction and joint protection.

 

CoQ10 + PQQ

Coenzyme Q10 is directly involved in energy production by muscle cells. It supports effective energy production and reduces harmful by-products in the process.  An added benefit of Coenzyme Q10 is protection against free radical damage, which will help reduce damage in muscles and joints.

Coenzyme Q10 can be taken on its own or in a unique combination with PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinone).  PQQ slows down breakdown of joint cartilage and is a strong anti-inflammatory.  Energy production is also boosted by PQQ via its involvement in formation of new mitochondria – the energy production centres of the muscle- (and other) cells.

 

Vitamin C

Last but not the least: Vitamin C is involved in collagen synthesis and connective tissue integrity.  Connective tissue is what holds bones, joints and muscles together and gives them many of the characteristics they need to be able to do their job.

Development and maturation of cartilage is also dependent on vitamin C.

Vitamin C is therefore a good all-rounder for healthy bones, muscles and joints.

There are many other supplements, foods and tips for bones, joints and muscles, but these are the ones we would recommend you start with.  Read through the summaries and choose wisely. If you need long term supplementation, you can also alternate supplements with similar benefits, such as anti-inflammatories, and take the one for a month and the other the next month.

 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions: info@embracelife.co.za