Support your joint health with these key vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall bone and joint wellbeing. People commonly experience joint pain in parts of the body such as the knees, shoulders, hips, hands, elbows and neck. There are various reasons for joint pain that span everything from repetitive exercise to gradual wear and tear that results in the damage of the cartilage. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and good posture can all help to support joint health.
Eating a well-balanced diet can help to support bone and joint health and packing your plate with vitamins that have anti-inflammatory effects can help to relieve symptoms.
If you aree experiencing joint pain always consult your doctor to discuss symptoms and possible treatment plans.
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Symptoms of joint painThere can be many causes of joint pain ranging from injuries such as sprains and strains to long-term health conditions and can be increasingly common as we get older. Symptoms can include:
- Painful movement and difficulty bending or straightening the joint
Always seek professional medical advice if the pain doesn't ease or gets worse after treating at home for 2 weeks or if it stops you doing normal everyday activities.
Top 5 vitamins for joint health
1. Turmeric and black pepper
You might be using this vibrant spice in your favourite curry but it also plays a role in health and wellbeing. Turmeric's active ingredient curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been used to treat pain resulting from joint care. Due to poor absorption, turmeric typically doesn't work well as a supplement on its own and is best paired with the compound piperine, found in black pepper, in increase your vitamin uptake.
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2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays a key role in keeping bones healthy and building and maintaining collagen, one of the main proteins in joint tissue and bone, particularly in cartilage. It also helps to get rid of free radicals that are detrimental to bone condition. Collagen makes up around 60% of the dry weight of cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber and allows bones to slide over one another. Most of us get enough vitamin C from our diet from foods like citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, strawberries and potatoes.
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3. Vitamin D and calcium
Vitamin D helps you to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These ingredients are necessary for strong and healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A vitamin D deficiency can result in bone deformities and bone pain. Most of us get enough vitamin D from sunlight in the summer months, but might need a supplement from October to early March. Foods such as egg yolks, certain oily fish, liver, red meat and fortified foods are all good sources of vitamin D.
Most of us are familiar with calcium being a top ingredient for building healthy bones, but you might not know that low levels of vitamin D can impair your vitamin absorption. A diet rich in dairy products, green leafy veg and fortified foods are all good for topping up calcium levels.
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4. Glucosamine and chondroitin
Often paired together for increased effectiveness, these two chemical compounds are the components of cartilage, the connective tissue that cushions your joints. The powerhouse of glucosamine and chondroitin is often recommended for people suffering from joint pain, although results from studies have been varied. Glucosamine is also an anti-inflammatory which helps to keep the joints healthy.