Stiff knees, sore shoulders, achy hips: if you experience any of these symptoms, you’ve likely searched for relief from chronic or recurring joint pain. Natural supplements can do wonders for helping your body repair and protect its joints, and are recommended by most chiropractors as the first option for combatting joint pain, in addition to regular chiropractic care. |
Patients with a genetic predisposition towards certain joint conditions or arthritis (those with a family history of these issues) may consider taking supplements to proactively protect joints and improve the body’s ability to build and repair cartilage – the component of the joints where most pain begins.
Also, in addition to taking supplements, Dr. Cody Doyle recommends looking at your current habits to determine what lifestyle changes you could make to help find relief by eliminating the source of the pain or discomfort. For overweight or obese patients, weight loss can have a huge impact on the pain levels. For athletes experiencing joint pain, taking a closer look at running, throwing, or lifting form may help to reduce stress levels on your joints and relieve discomfort.
When you get to the supplements aisle in your local drugstore or vitamin shop, it can be overwhelming to decide which joint supplements to choose. Below are Roanoke, TX, chiropractor Dr. Cody Doyle’s suggestions for effective joint care.
What supplements should I take?
In short, glucosamine and chondroitin are the top performers when it comes to natural joint supplements. Both of these components are naturally found in joint cartilage, but supplemental doses can help patients who experience cartilage damage or joint inflammation.
Glucosamine activates new cartilage growth and repair and is a building block of cartilage, mucous-producing membranes, and other joint fluid. (Fun fact: glucosamine capsules found in your local drugstore are created from the shells of shellfish and other aquatic animals.)
Chondroitin sulfates fight inflammation (a major cause of pain and stiffness in knees and other joints) and form a protective layer around cartilage proteins, preventing natural enzymes from eroding them away. It also helps to conduct water molecules into the joints to act as additional lubrication. Chondroitin sulfate capsules may be created artificially, or are extracted from natural chondroitin sulfate components found in cow or pig byproducts.
Many joint supplements on the market today are formed with a blend of several components. Dr. Doyle recommends finding a supplement that, in addition to glucosamine and chondroitin, contains salicin and B vitamins. Salicin is a natural anti-inflammatory suggests supplements that include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and salicin.
Salicin, a supplement that you may see called “white willow bark”, is a natural plant material that Ancient Egyptians were known to use as an anti-inflammatory. Additionally, B-complex vitamins, and specifically Vitamin B12, is effective at relieving joint pain by reducing amino acid counts that can interfere with proper joint function. B12 decreases the amount of homocysteine in the body – an amino acid that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have in high numbers.
For Joint Pain Relief, Visit Your Roanoke Chiropractor
If you suffer from chronic joint pain, don’t put off a visit to Dr. Cody Doyle. He can offer alternative medicine treatments that treat pain and eliminate joint stiffness while helping to improve your body’s circulation. Give our Roanoke, TX, practice a call to schedule your next appointment at 817-767-5430.
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