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Nutrients to Support Healthy Joints (Practitioner Only)

CAPTION: December 2021

Omega-3 fatty acids lubricate and inhibit joint inflammation, reducing pain and swelling, commonly seen in conditions such as arthritis.[1] Foods high in omega-fatty acids include oily fish like sardines, herrings and anchovies, as well as avocado, nuts, seeds and their oils.

Calcium is a structural component of bone. When we do not get enough calcium in our diet, our bodies take it from the bones, reducing bone density, as seen in osteoporosis. Foods high in calcium include edamame, spinach and kale.

Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium from food and delivers it to our bones. Research shows people with low vitamin D levels suffer more frequently from joint and bone pain than those with adequate vitamin D levels.[2]

Glucosamine helps to stabilise bones and surrounding connective tissue, preventing wear and tear of joints. This reduces inflammation and associated joint pain.[3] Glucosamine can be found in bone marrow, shellfish and fungi.

Manganese supports several enzymes involved in bone formation. A deficiency of this trace mineral can reduce bone mineral density and impair joint stability. Supplementing can improve both bone development and maintenance, which is particularly important in older adults.[3]

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1. Guagnano MT, D’Angelo C, Caniglia D, Di Giovanni P, Celletti E, Sabatini E, Speranza L, Bucci M, Cipollone F, Paganelli R. Improvement of Inflammation and Pain after Three Months’ Exclusion Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Nutrients. 2021 Oct;13(10):3535.
2. Braun L, Cohen M. Herbs and natural supplements, volume 2: An evidence-based guide. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2015 Mar 30.
3. Hechtman L. Clinical naturopathic medicine. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2018 Aug 16.

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