Pardon the reference to the 90’s power ballad, however “my aching bones” is a familiar phrase we tend to use a little more often as we age. In reality, pain within bones is rare and in a very small percentage of cases is symptomatic of serious disease. Osteoporosis, the gradual loss of bone strength and density is generally without symptoms and often only diagnosed following a fragility fracture. Wear and tear on attachment sites of bones and connective tissue including cartilage (bone to bone), tendons (bone to bone) and ligaments (muscle to bone) are the most common causes of bone (joint) pain.
Bones are dynamic, with bone cells in a constant state of growth and resorption (decay or loss). Supplementation with calcium was once considered adequate for maintaining healthy bone mass; however, the bioavailability of calcium and the presence of nutrients that enhance its absorption are critical. Bovine sourced calcium in the form of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) is recognized as the most bioavailable form of calcium to fuel bone growth, with Vitamin D3 and Magnesium proven to maximize its assimilation. Many other nutrients have been shown to exert positive effects on bone density dynamics, with vitamin K2 and extracts of green tea and grapeseed stimulating osteoblast (bone building cells) and inhibiting osteoclast (bone resorption) activity. Curcumin, lutein, Zinc, Manganese and vitamins B1 and 12 are among the many other skeletal friendly nutrients to look for in a comprehensive formula.
A novel nutrient by the trade name NEM (natural eggshell membrane) has also emerged as a critical component for healthy cartilage, connective tissue and synovial fluid essential for pain free articulation. Extracts of Devil’s claw, Curcumin and Boswellic acid are a trio of botanicals worthy of consideration for relief of joint pain and inflammation.
Quenching bones and connective tissue with the right nutrients will make your bones stronger and help alleviate joint pain.
New Roots Herbal, a Canadian based natural health products manufacturer has created two complimentary formulas, Strong Bones and Joint Pain Relief which have been helping Canadians maintain active lifestyles critical for healthy aging. Our production facility features an industry leading ISO 17025 accredited analytical laboratory which validates the identity, purity and potency of our entire roster of non-GMO ingredients.
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