Joint Health

When people speak of joint pain and health, they are usually referring to arthritis. The term arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect the joints and the areas that surround them. Someone may experience an occasional twinge of joint pain, but that does not mean they have arthritis . . .

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Arthritis is a well known source for most pain and discomfort that afflicts nearly 70 million people in the US. The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OR).¹

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the cartilage covering the ends of the bones, in the joints, breaks down, making bones rubs together. Primary osteoarthritis is the degenerative wear and tear of the joints occurring mostly in the population of 50 years or older or in athletes. Secondary osteoarthritis, associated with predisposing abnormalities in joint structure or function, is responsible for degenerative changes. The symptoms of osteoarthritis are subtle at first, with possible morning stiffness in the joints. As the arthritis progresses, intermittent or steady pain as well as joint stiffness (especially after sitting still for long periods) can be expected. Swelling, tenderness, reduced range of motion, and a crunching sensation of bone rubbing against bone are also common symptoms.²

Modern medicine has little to offer arthritis sufferers other than symptomatic, temporary relief. NSAIDs and painkillers are effective in reducing symptoms quickly, but they often have serious side effects and do not stop the progression of arthritis. In medical reports, NSAIDs and painkillers have been shown to worsen the condition by accelerating joint destruction.

Nutrients

Bevko has several products that contain nutrients that are necessary for joint health:

  • Glucosamine Sulfate: Glucosamine and sulfate are natural components of healthly joint tissue and are available as dietary supplements.
  • SAM-e: SAM-e helps with the formation of joint cartilage, which increases joint function, thereby decreasing the pain in arthritic joints.
  • Quercetin Forte: Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties.

Bevko also has some other products that have helpful nutrients for joint health: Buffered C, Omega-3 Fish Oils, and Vitamin E.

Diet

Diet and lifestyle are significant in maintaining and improving bone health. Specifically, you should:

  • increase consumption of fiber-rich plant foods. A good way to do this is by following an alkaline diet, which is rich in plant foods. An alkaline diet is important because our bodies are supposed to be slightly alkaline, but the modern diet creates a state in which most people have an acidic environment. An acidic environment develops when we eat mostly acidic foods: too much animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. These foods can deplete the body of vitamins and minerals that are important to joint health.
  • avoid processed sugars and reduce or eliminate simple, processed, or refined carbohydrates.
  • keep fats to a minimum.
  • avoid foods from the nightshade family: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco.
  • drink 8-10 glasses of water (pure water – not tap water) daily.

Lifestyle

Overtaxed joints and weak muscles are a bad combination for joint health.

To maintain optimal joint health into your later years, you should maintain a healthy weight and participate in regular exercise.

References

¹ Murray, Michael (N.D.) and Pizzorno, Joseph (N.D.), Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition. Prima Publishing, 1998.pp698-705, 770-784

² Van den Berg W.B. Anti-cytokine therapy in chronic destructive arthritis. Arthritis Res.2001;3(1):18-26