Easing joint pain - The science behind supplements
Age is a wonderful thing. It brings knowledge and wisdom, respect from those younger than you but also an aching body and soreness all over. I never thought much about easing joint pain until I started to suffer from it.
It’s hard to know which way to turn when your body starts breaking down. At the age of thirty, I suffered a knee injury which still plays up some 8 years later.
Add to that the general aches and pains of everyday life and there’s a daily reminder that I’m not a teenager any more.
I was recently approached by a company asking if I wanted to blog about liquid supplements. I’ve never tried them. I’ve never really thought of trying them. But I am intrigued.
Unusually, I wasn’t offered a sample to try, so instead I thought I’d take a look at the science behind it and offer some thoughts from there.
I started by looking at joint pain. After all, the thing I seem to suffer from the most is knee pain.
The first thing I found was.
“One of the reasons joint pain is more common in older people is that collagen begins to break down over the age of 30.”
It then goes on to cite five different studies which back up their claims that collagen supplements are good for painful joints.
Another article on the site explains.
Once again it leads back to collagen, but it makes for an interesting read and is again backed up with details of the studies it’s using for its claims.
Citing a 24-week study of active athletes, it was concluded that collagen was not only effective on joint pain but could reduce the potential for overall joint deterioration in the long term too.
It’s also very quick to point out that although supplementation can help to reduce joint pain, the most effective treatments for joint pain are physical therapy and weight loss.
The fact that this is so openly acknowledged makes me feel better about the company as I don’t feel that they are overly selling their goods at any cost. After all, I visited their website in this instance for information and advice, and I feel that is exactly what I’m getting.
The upshot of all of this is that having now done some research, I have a better idea of how to ease joint pain. The supplements sound like a good addition to aiding that, but I can also do things myself to help my joints.
Having said that, there’s certainly nothing that tells me I shouldn’t try the supplements too.
This is a collaborative post.