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Joint Health Protocol

An Introduction to Joint Health

Everyone wants to move freely without stiffness and discomfort – though that seems to be an inevitable consequence of growing older.

But what if you could do something natural that would help preserve your joints? Especially if it was simple and life-enhancing in other ways?

That simple solution can be found in a specific combination of herbs and other natural ingredients found in Joint Care.

The ingredients found in Joint Care optimize repair mechanisms in joint tissues and provide optimal cushioning and lubrication.* This translates into fast-acting joint comfort, flexibility and mobility.

 
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Tips for Supporting Joint Health

  • Cut back on (or better yet, eliminate) grain-derived processed foods and sugar. If you eat like most Americans, processed food products, meat, and dairy derived from these sources makes up most of your food. For a multitude of reasons, these types of foods are really bad for your joints.
  • Get plenty of sleep! Sleep is when the body repairs itself. At least 7-8 hours of restful sleep is necessary for optimal maintenance of body parts.
  • De-stress. The modern world is saturated with stress. Continually “running from the tiger” inhibits normal repair functions in the body and allows tissues to breaks down.
  • Stay active, but not excessively active. Regular physical activity stimulates repair functions in the body and helps maintain healthy joints. Excessive physical stress, however, accelerates wear-and-tear.
  • Practice yoga. Yoga stretches ligaments and enhances joint support without increasing wear & tear. Many top athletes now include yoga as an important part of their regular workout routine.
  • Balance your essential fatty acids by eating plenty of fish. Use supplemental omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Support your joints with natural substances like turmeric, boswellia, and glucosamine (as found in Joint Care).

 

Dr. Rawls' Formulation Notes:

JOINT CARE

When I started researching ingredients for a joint formula, turmeric stood out as a first choice. Turmeric is a relative of ginger that has been used in traditional medicine in India for thousands of years. There are over 2000 studies documenting the profound benefits of turmeric and its derivatives.

All turmeric ingredients, however, are not the same. Plain turmeric powder is poorly absorbed through the intestinal tract, and therefore has little activity.

Fortunately, modern supplement science has created high absorption extracts that increase absorption by a factor of 40+ (CurcuWIN™ increases absorption by a factor of 46x).

Turmeric is best when complemented by other similar herbs. A traditional combination is turmeric and boswellia (Indian frankincense), but I also added devil’s claw, an herb from Africa that has been used to support joint health for ages.

Herbs are not the only substances that studies have proven beneficial for joint health. Sea cucumber contains substances called glycoaminoglycans that help maintain hydration of joint tissues. These are similar substances to those found in chondroitin, but more absorbable.

Glucosamine is a precursor for proteoglycans, the chemicals necessary for smooth and slick joint linings. It also stimulates synthesis of collagen, the base substance for cartilage. With age, normal glucosamine synthesis decreases and studies have shown that supplementing with glucosamine can improve joint function remarkably.

Bromelain, naturally found in pineapple, is a protein-digesting enzyme. These enzymes are known to be absorbed through the intestine into the bloodstream where they have restorative properties. Protein digesting enzymes are thought to play a role in removing damaged tissue (immune complexes). Studies support that protein-digesting enzymes from food or supplements can play an important role in joint health.

Using just the right combinations of the very best ingredients resulted in a joint supplement that has stood the test of time. Joint Care has developed a loyal following — many people absolutely swear by it for maintaining joint comfort and mobility.

 

Joint Care is best complemented by Krill Oil Plus.

Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids is important to keep a balanced ratio against the omega-6 fatty acids in your body. Maintaining a healthy omega-3 ratio can help reduce cartilage erosion and help thicken the synovial membrane.

Both krill oil and fish oil are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but krill oil has the advantage of providing the omega-3 fatty acids in easily absorbed phospholipid form, as opposed to the triglyceride form found in fish oil. In addition, krill provides astaxanthin – one of the most potent antioxidants on earth. Astaxanthin is what gives shrimp a pink color.
 


 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.

 

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