Focus on Nutrition and Supplements to Fight Aging

photos.demandstudios.com-getty-article-117-94-87322955_XSAs we age, our bodies’ important systems slowly start to become less and less efficient. This is true for just about everything — and, as it turns out, this includes how well we can metabolize and use the nutrients we’re eating.

A 2013 publication from Germany hypothesized that older people needed to increase their protein intake to make up for a diminished ability to create muscle (slowed anabolic response to food), and then brought forth evidence backing up this claim:

New evidence shows that older adults need more dietary protein than do younger adults to support good health, promote recovery from illness, and maintain functionality. Older people need to make up for age-related changes in protein metabolism, such as high splanchnic extraction and declining anabolic responses to ingested protein. They also need more protein to offset inflammatory and catabolic conditions associated with chronic and acute diseases that occur commonly with aging.

Today begins our series on nutrition and supplements for those 50 and older. Many forget that NUTRISHOP does not just cater to athletes, but to a wide range of people who simply are trying to optimize their nutrition to live the best, healthiest lives possible. Right off the bat, we can tell you this: Increasing your protein intake, as suggested in the study above, will work wonders for improving your livelihood even as you age.

Our two most popular options, PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS and FORZA PRO, are popular for a reason: They work. Ensuring you have enough protein in your daily diet is key to not only improving the way you look, but how you function and feel on a day-to-day basis.

There’s more to feeling healthy than just your muscle tone, of course: body fat, joint health, vitality, etc. We will hit all those topics this week, right here in this running blog entry. Stay tuned!

GENERAL HEALTH

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the older we get, the less effective our bodies get at absorbing critical nutrients. We also just eat fewer of them:

…Several aspects of aging may increase the likelihood of a deficiency in key vitamins and minerals, according to the National Institute on Aging. These include having a reduced sense of taste and smell; spending more time indoors; difficulty chewing; following a restricted diet because of a health condition; eating alone; experiencing loss of appetite; and taking medications that may prevent absorption of vitamins and minerals. Older adults also are at higher risk for dehydration because they may not notice when they are thirsty. (Source)

This might not only be applicable to senior citizens, too; even as young as 50, these aspects may start affecting our diets. That said, one of the best vitamin investments you can make to account for deficiencies in calcium, vitamins A, C and E, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, is NATURE’S FUEL. Its formula is among the best in terms of complete efficacy and there is no match for its absorption, meaning you get what you pay for when you take your vitamins. And for those who would tell you multivitamins are useless, we beg to differ: The American Cancer Society, referencing Harvard research, noted that over an 11-year study involving more than 14,000 subjects, there was an 8-percent decrease in cancer risk for men 50 and older:

Harvard researchers have found a possible link between taking a daily multivitamin over a long period of time and a small reduction in cancer. They analyzed data from the Physicians’ Health Study (PHS) II, which tested the effects of multivitamins in 14,641 male doctors 50 years of age or older. PHS II participants received either a multivitamin or a placebo for an average of about 11 years. The study was published early online Oct. 17, 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Source)

JOINT HEALTH

As we age, the moving parts in our bodies that consistently are worn down, every day, little by little, start to go. Our joints are first and foremost on this list; it’s estimated that 37 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis and that by 2020, it could be such an impactful malady that it could even affect the nation’s workforce:

 In 1994 the Centers for Disease Control reported that by year 2020, when one out of every two Americans will be over the age of 50, there will be a larger increase in new cases of arthritis than of any other disease in the United States. Among the leading causes of disability, arthritis heads the list; osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form and has the greatest economic impact. (Source)

JOINTHTHERAPEUTICSObviously, joint health is a huge concern. How can you help save yours? For starters, perfecting your exercise form and movements can help a great deal, making sure you are not exerting undue stress on joints or ligaments as you train. And while getting that down may take some time, there’s an easier fix still: supplementing for joint health.

JOINT THERAPEUTICS is the strongest, most complete joint support formula available designed to support healthy joints, relieve sore joints, improve mobility, strengthen and repair cartilage and connective tissue as well as reduce inflammation that leads to joint pain and discomfort. On top of actually helping to strengthen your joints for the future, JOINT THERAPEUTICS provides inflammation relief as well. Inflammation, one of the body’s responses to irritation or injury, has been associated with many conditions. It usually includes pain and sometimes redness and swelling in the area of the damage. The pain relieving, anti-inflammatory ingredients in our Anti-Inflammatory Complex are designed to support healthy joint function, assist in the healing of minor sprains, strains, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling and tenderness that accompany sports injuries. This is accomplished by significantly reducing inflammation which can also bring effective relief to arthritic and sore joints as well as improve flexibility and mobility. These properties make this a popular alternative to prescription painkillers for the treatment of pain associated with arthritic joints.

– FIGHTING MUSCLE LOSS

We discussed earlier how muscle maintenance is important via diet, and why protein is so vital. However, as older people age, it does become more difficult to consume the same amount of calories and keep weight off, simply because exercise becomes more difficult (either to perform, or to schedule in). The deterioration of muscle tissue to fuel the body’s energy supplies is called “catabolism,” and it is a significant concern of fitness-minded folks — we call it “muscle-wasting,” as an example of how we view it.

The reasons someone 50 or older might worry about muscle-wasting include general day-to-day movement, easing the stress on joints and ligaments and decreasing pain and increasing agility associated with full-body movements you do routinely (standing up, getting out of bed, getting into a car, etc.). One newer supplement that is becoming more and more popular with the plus-50 crowd is HMB — even drinks like Ensure are now including it. And it’s the star of BETABOL at NUTRISHOP.

betabolHMB is a naturally occurring compound produced when our bodies metabolize the amino acid leucine. Its main role has been found to be the repair, growth and preservation of muscle tissue, as well as the capacity to burn fat. The body spends precious resources with muscle repair — each rep you do results in microscopic muscle-fiber tears; the regrowth of these tears puts a huge energy strain on the body. Leucine is the only essential amino acid with the capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, but it is essentially used primarily to repair muscle damage incurred while lifting. When it is metabolized, HMB is produced as a natural byproduct and aids in recovery.

What if, however, you could “free up” the leucine to stimulate muscle protein synthesis to develop NEW muscle, instead of merely repairing the damaged tissue? That is precisely where an HMB supplement like BETABOL comes in. An increase in HMB is designed to allow essential leucine to build new muscle tissue, in turn burning more fat.

In the Journal of Applied Physiology,  an Iowa State University study from 1996 examined the effects of HMB in detail, providing specific ratios to test subjects who engaged in weight-training exercise and also supplemented with protein (rich with leucine). The conclusion: “Supplementation with either 1.5 or 3 g HMB/day can partly prevent exercise-induced proteolysis and/or muscle damage and result in larger gains in muscle function associated with resistance training.” (SOURCE.)

The study points out that the muscle-building benefits of leucine have been scientifically backed for the 45 years, but that only recently has the byproduct HMB gotten any attention for its role in the process. By the end of the study, researchers found that the subjects that were using enhanced doses of HMB were experience higher levels of anti-catabolism, more fat loss and an increase in strength, muscle volume and recovery speed.

Dealing with Design: How to Strengthen the Rotator Cuff

No matter your fitness level, there is one constant when it comes to the way the body’s designed: the weak spot of the whole unit is, in almost all cases, the shoulder.

Why? Simply put, the way it’s built. The three deltoids get all the attention, and yes, when they’re well-developed they can certainly change the overall look of one’s physique. But even the biggest delts can’t overcome the shoulder’s true design flaw: the rotator cuff.

Even if you aren’t sure what it is, you know one thing about the rotator cuff: It’s prone to injury. The muscles that make up the rotator cuff (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, Teres minor and subscapularis) each have different roles, and, as you might expect, they’re pretty specific to what you can do at the shoulder, where the upper arm meets the shoulder blade. This is where athletes who train their shoulders (or other large upper-body muscles that depend on shoulder stability) can run into problems — the amount of force/weight/work necessary to encourage growth in large muscles often exceeds the capabilities of the muscles of the rotator cuff.

But it’s not just the muscles that cause the problem; the cartilage and tendons connecting the cuff are also susceptible to injury, not just through singular, blunt force (i.e., lifting a weight too heavy), but also wear and tear (light or zero-weight movements with the shoulder at an elevated angle). And basically everything you do in the weight room requires you to lift your arm to the side, or forward, or backward, and you can’t move your upper arm without the rotator cuff getting involved.

This week is a look at the rotator cuff and how you can strengthen it to prevent injury and boost performance in other lifts. Athletes will find that often, too much dependency is hoisted on an area that can scarcely take it like the larger muscle groups can.

EXERCISES FOR STRENGTHENING THE ROTATOR CUFF

Internal Rotations: Set up a handle on a cable pulley at mid-chest height, and stand with it at your side. Keeping your elbow tight to your body with your shoulder blades pulled together, simply rotate the handle across your torso, focusing on using only the shoulder to do this. The weight should be very light.

External Rotations: Keeping the pulley at the same height as you did for the internal rotations, simply grab it with the opposite hand and rotate the handle toward the outside of your body.

Lateral Raises: The supraspinatus, just a strip of muscle under the lateral deltoid, bears a lot of responsibility for vertical scaption — your arms going up and down. By strengthening this muscle with lateral raises, keeping the arms as straight as possible, you can work up to heavier weights to target the delts without fear of straining the supporting muscles of the rotator cuff.

SUPPLEMENTS TO STRENGTHEN THE ROTATOR CUFF

When you stress your joints through repeated exercise or even just the act of getting older, inevitably they wear down. This, as we’ve mentioned already, is especially true in the shoulder. You can help protect and heal it with JOINT THERAPEUTICS, and here we’ll go into detail on it.

The advanced joint support formula in JOINT THERAPEUTICS is based on Synergistic Anti-Inflammatory Technology, on top of several key ingredients of pharmaceutical quality. It’s the best available option for joint health and function, and it also will protect your joints and help keep you pain-free.

This post’s goal is to break down JOINT THERAPEUTICS’s formula and blends to show you how it can help prevent and relieve not just joint pain, but wear and tear itself.

Glucosamine HCl: Your body naturally produces this substance in the cartilage, storing water and keeping the joint in good shape to provide strength and flexibility. As we age, however, the production of this substance slows down, leading to a less elastic quality of the joint itself (this is known as osteoarthritis). How well you can move around pain-free is hugely dependent on your joints. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is a molecule that restores the elastic qualities to your joints, helping preserve them. It’s composed of glucose and glutamine, and it works to stimulate the fluid production in the body’s cartilage — this helps with joint repair, the synthesis of connective tissue and more. Its hydrophilic (water-loving) profile means it will attract more water to the cartilage, improving elasticity and preventing brittleness that leads to pain and deteroriation.

Chondroitin Sulfate: Also naturally occurring inside your own body’s cartilage, this compound is known as an arthritis fighter with its ability to support cartilage tissue. Your body produces enzymes that help break down worn-down or injured joint tissue, and chondroitin sulfate helps regulate the balance of those enzymes in the joint itself. This means better ability for your joints to repair themselves. Chondroitin is very important — naturally, your body produces it specifically to help generate and maintain healthy cartilage — and helps joints and cartilage regenerate and renew themselves with new tissue, either repairing or replacing old, worn cartilage.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): A sulfur compound that is formed naturally in in the body, MSM supports healthy joint tissue, promotes strong flexible joints and helps the body maintain strong connective tissue. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and certain anti-oxidants — all of which are vital to healthy cartilage and overall joint health. MSM is believed by some to have multiple health benefits including anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing properties. MSM is also claimed to help with blood circulation, muscle cramps and free radicals.

Hyaluronic Acid: This is the normal lubricant in human joints. Its presence, even in well-worn joints and cartilage, can provide a cushion effect, thus relieving pain and friction. One of its primary functions is to lubricate movable parts such as joints and muscles by restoring the amount and viscosity of synovial fluid.

Anti-Inflammatory Complex: Inflammation — pretty much every kind of “-itis” is related to this symptom — is one of the body’s most common responses to irritation or injury. It usually includes pain and sometimes redness and swelling in the area of the damage. The pain relieving, anti-inflammatory ingredients in JOINT THERAPEUTICS are designed to support healthy joint function, assist in the healing of minor sprains, strains, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling and tenderness that accompany sports injuries. Pain can slow you down, not just in the gym, but in your day-to-day life, and it’s often brought on by inflammation. The Anti-Inflammatory Complex helps provide relief to arthritic and sore joints as well as improve flexibility and mobility.

All of that makes JOINT THEREAPEUTICS a great alternative to expensive prescription painkillers when it comes to treating arthritic joints. Specific ingredients in our Anti-Inflammatory Complex contain constituents that share pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Celebrex.

THE QUICK FORM FIX

One mistake thousands of gym rats make that eventually costs them shoulder soreness, pain or, even worse, serious structural damage, happens on the single-most common lift in the weight room: the bench press. When benching, the tendency is for the lifter to dramatically have the shoulder angle — the angle formed at the armpit by the upper arm and the torso — at about 90 degrees, with the upper arms flared out far to the sides. This puts an incredible amount of strain and torque on the rotator cuff, which is using those tiny muscles to stabilize the weight in the first place. Under the tension of heavy weight, this becomes problematic.

The fix: Keep the elbows tucked, at about 45 degrees. The benefits of doing this not only include protecting the shoulder, but also a stronger chest — which is why you’re benching in the first place. You might notice, at first, that you lose a little bit of strength when you take out the shoulders’ assistance, but soon, you’ll develop real explosiveness in the chest as you train it correctly.

Fat Loss and Joint Health: NATURE’S EFA

NATURE’S EFA is crucial to providing the Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids your body needs to keep your cholesterol and body fat at healthy levels and your blood vessels in strong working condition. On top of the aid to your vital organs, EFAs have a positive effect on your hair, skin and nails. Because Omega 3s are so important, NATURE’S EFA also includes EPA and DHA, fatty acids from fish sources. You’ve surely heard of fish oil supplements, and for good reason: The principle is legit. Fish oil is extremely healthy in its concentrated form, due in part because fatty acids play such an important role to marine life and are therefore much more effective than most fat sources.

The different with NATURE’S EFA, though, is that the fish oil has been mercury-tested, something many cheaper brands do not bother with despite the high risk for mercury poisoning in seafood. On top of containing both essential natural fats (the mono- and polyunsaturated fats come from flax oil mainly), and the two effective fish oil types, this product is also bolstered with Sesamin. An Omega-6 acid found in sesame, it not only features classic fatty acid properties but also has powerful antioxidant qualities.

What could make this product better? How about it being a fish oil softgel that doesn’t cause the dreaded “fish burp” you’ll get from other inferior products? Because it contains lemon oil, NATURE’S EFA won’t cause that unpleasant side effect that really be a turn-off, even for something as important as proper fatty acid supplementation.

The University of Maryland published a peer-reviewed  article on EFAs, noting their beneficial effects on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis:

An analysis of 17 randomized, controlled clinical trials looked at the pain relieving effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements in people with RA or joint pain caused by inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea). The results suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, along with conventional therapies such as NSAIDs, may help relieve joint pain associated with these conditions. …

Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help increase levels of calcium in the body and improve bone strength, although not all results were positive. Some studies also suggest that people who don’ t get enough of some essential fatty acids (particularly EPA and gamma-linolenic acid [GLA], an omega-6 fatty acid) are more likely to have bone loss than those with normal levels of these fatty acids. In a study of women over 65 with osteoporosis, those who took EPA and GLA supplements had less bone loss over 3 years than those who took placebo. Many of these women also experienced an increase in bone density. (Source)

You could buy the cheap fish oil pills anywhere, but we’d only recommend it if you like the risk of extra mercury levels in your body and the strong possibility you’ll belch up fish flavor. If you want an effective, multi-tiered blend of fatty acids that could improve your overall health, NATURE’S EFA is the one to really consider.

JOINT THERAPEUTICS’ Anti-Inflammatory Blend

Anti-Inflammatory Complex: Inflammation — pretty much every kind of “-itis” is related to this symptom — is one of the body’s most common responses to irritation or injury. It usually includes pain and sometimes redness and swelling in the area of the damage. The pain relieving, anti-inflammatory ingredients in JOINT THERAPEUTICS are designed to support healthy joint function, assist in the healing of minor sprains, strains, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling and tenderness that accompany sports injuries. Pain can slow you down, not just in the gym, but in your day-to-day life, and it’s often brought on by inflammation. The Anti-Inflammatory Complex helps provide relief to arthritic and sore joints as well as improve flexibility and mobility.

All of that makes JOINT THEREAPEUTICS a great alternative to expensive prescription painkillers when it comes to treating arthritic joints. Specific ingredients in our Anti-Inflammatory Complex contain constituents that share pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Celebrex.

So why JOINT THERAPEUTICS instead? Because this particular blend is much safer than typical NSAIDs, according to an article from Science Direct published by Gary Green, MD.

These effects are dose-dependent, and in many cases severe enough to pose the risk of ulcer perforation, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and death, limiting the use of NSAID therapy. An estimated 10-20% of NSAID patients experience dyspepsia, and NSAID-associated upper gastrointestinal adverse events are estimated to result in 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States, and represent 43% of drug-related emergency visits. Many of these events are avoidable; a review of physician visits and prescriptions estimated that unnecessary prescriptions for NSAIDs were written in 42% of visits. (SOURCE)

Unlike NSAIDs, JOINT THERAPEUTICS also will not reduce prostaglandins, which are responsible for a host of functions in the body including hormone regulation, cell growth and more. Specifically, NSAIDs work by desensitizing the nervous system to pain (hence, pain-killers), but they also can have an adverse effect on vessel constriction and dilation. Those who experience joint, tendon or ligament pain after a workout and take ibuprofen, for example, are actually doing one of the worst things possible because it hinders the muscles’ ability to recover because of vasoconstriction. That, not to mention that NSAIDs are frequently associated with other chemical interactions, make JOINT THERAPEUTICS  clearly safer option.

Save Your Joints and Skip the Pain: JOINT THERAPEUTICS

No doubt, resistance training will reshape your body and get you into great shape. Perhaps one of the only downsides to it, however, is that over the years, our cartilage, joints and ligaments wear down with repeated use.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

Your knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders, neck and hips, among others, all depend greatly on joint functionality when it comes to how well you move athletically, or how comfortable you can be making everyday movements. When you stress your joints through repeated exercise or even just the act of getting older, inevitably they wear down.

The advanced joint support formula in JOINT THERAPEUTICS is based on Synergistic Anti-Inflammatory Technology, on top of several key ingredients of pharmaceutical quality. It’s the best available option for joint health and function, and it also will protect your joints and help keep you pain-free.

This post’s goal is to break down JOINT THERAPEUTICS’s formula and blends to show you how it can help prevent and relieve not just joint pain, but wear and tear itself.

Glucosamine HCl: Your body naturally produces this substance in the cartilage, storing water and keeping the joint in good shape to provide strength and flexibility. As we age, however, the production of this substance slows down, leading to a less elastic quality of the joint itself (this is known as osteoarthritis). How well you can move around pain-free is hugely dependent on your joints. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is a molecule that restores the elastic qualities to your joints, helping preserve them. It’s composed of glucose and glutamine, and it works to stimulate the fluid production in the body’s cartilage — this helps with joint repair, the synthesis of connective tissue and more. Its hydrophilic (water-loving) profile means it will attract more water to the cartilage, improving elasticity and preventing brittleness that leads to pain and deteroriation.

Chondroitin Sulfate: Also naturally occurring inside your own body’s cartilage, this compound is known as an arthritis fighter with its ability to support cartilage tissue. Your body produces enzymes that help break down worn-down or injured joint tissue, and chondroitin sulfate helps regulate the balance of those enzymes in the joint itself. This means better ability for your joints to repair themselves. Chondroitin is very important — naturally, your body produces it specifically to help generate and maintain healthy cartilage — and helps joints and cartilage regenerate and renew themselves with new tissue, either repairing or replacing old, worn cartilage.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): A sulfur compound that is formed naturally in in the body, MSM supports healthy joint tissue, promotes strong flexible joints and helps the body maintain strong connective tissue. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and certain anti-oxidants — all of which are vital to healthy cartilage and overall joint health. MSM is believed by some to have multiple health benefits including anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing properties. MSM is also claimed to help with blood circulation, muscle cramps and free radicals.

Hyaluronic Acid: This is the normal lubricant in human joints. Its presence, even in well-worn joints and cartilage, can provide a cushion effect, thus relieving pain and friction. One of its primary functions is to lubricate movable parts such as joints and muscles by restoring the amount and viscosity of synovial fluid.

Anti-Inflammatory Complex: Inflammation — pretty much every kind of “-itis” is related to this symptom — is one of the body’s most common responses to irritation or injury. It usually includes pain and sometimes redness and swelling in the area of the damage. The pain relieving, anti-inflammatory ingredients in JOINT THERAPEUTICS are designed to support healthy joint function, assist in the healing of minor sprains, strains, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling and tenderness that accompany sports injuries. Pain can slow you down, not just in the gym, but in your day-to-day life, and it’s often brought on by inflammation. The Anti-Inflammatory Complex helps provide relief to arthritic and sore joints as well as improve flexibility and mobility.

All of that makes JOINT THEREAPEUTICS a great alternative to expensive prescription painkillers when it comes to treating arthritic joints. Specific ingredients in our Anti-Inflammatory Complex contain constituents that share pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Celebrex.

Fight Off Arthritis and Soreness With JOINT THERAPEUTICS

Katalyst’s JOINT THERAPEUTICS has several obvious benefits to athletes, weight lifters, body builders and generally active people: When all those reps or miles finally take their toll, the first place they usually do it is in the joints, and this product is a great way to address the joint strength needed to fight soreness and pain that comes with exercise.

But one thing we don’t often consider in our lives is the strain of everyday movements that can eventually lead to osteoarthritis, or any kind of joint pain. Even sitting down at a desk job all day can be torture on the joints in your hips, knees and back. Just one more reason you shouldn’t sit down all day, but that’s for a different story.

The point is, almost everybody at some point or another will likely experience some form of joint pain or soreness, and because of that, the pharmaceutical companies are always in competition to provide the best remedies. The problem for many, though, is that they don’t want to pay the outrageous premiums for prescription or even over-the-counter medications when they just want to treat mild soreness, or even help rebuild the joints to prevent it altogether.

That’s where JOINT THERAPEUTICS can be a powerful weapon. The Anti-Inflammatory Complex and Synergistic Anti-Inflammatory Technology included are designed to reduce the inflammation and chronic pain your joints can go through, and the formula includes compounds made to strengthen the joints as well. That means more durable, flexible joints that can withstand more stress without becoming weakened or causing pain.

Several compounds in JOINT THERAPEUTICS, like Hyaluronic Acid and MSM, aid in the production of healthy cartilage and the fluids within the joints to keep them operating smoothly. Think of your knees, for example, as the shock absorbers on your car or truck — they take on a great deal of that stress. Without a strong cushion or enough joint lubrication, the joint and bones can take on almost all of it. In time, with repeated abuse on the same joints, this can lead to arthritic joints and chronic pain.

Look into JOINT THERAPEUTICS before you consider dipping into your pockets to fork over a fortune for a prescription — any certified NUTRISHOP employee can tell you the full range of benefits it offers.

Be Pain-Free with JOINT THERAPEUTICS

Without question, a major concern for anybody as they get older or begin to put more stress on their body in pursuit of good health is joint function and comfort. Leading a pain-free life is invaluable, but how many times have you heard problems like inflammation, arthritis, sore joints or even just general pain slow people in their tracks?

Katalyst’s Maximum Strength JOINT THERAPEUTICS is a complete joint support formula designed to bolster the joints, relieve soreness, improve mobility and strengthen and repair the cartilage and connective tissue of these crucial body parts.

Your knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders, neck and hips, among others, all depend greatly on joint functionality when it comes to how well you move athletically, or how comfortable you can be making everyday movements. When you stress your joints through repeated exercise or even just the act of getting older, inevitably they wear down.

The advanced joint support formula in JOINT THERAPEUTICS is based on Synergistic Anti-Inflammatory Technology, on top of several key ingredients of pharmaceutical quality. What it means: It’s the best available option for joint health and function, and it also will protect your joints and help keep you pain-free.

Anti-Inflammatory Complex: Most people hear “anti-inflammatory” and immediately think pain relief, and this is mostly correct. Many painkillers offer anti-inflammatory properties; the problem, of course, is most require a prescription or cost a fortune. When your joints are damaged or sore, usually an effect is inflammation — they swell due to irritation, causing discomfort, and repeated stress on inflamed joints can continue to cause pain and even damage the joint itself. Arthritic, sore joints are usually helped significantly by anti-inflammatory formulas like the ones included in JOINT THERAPEUTICS.

Glucosamine HCl: Your body naturally produces this substance in the cartilage, storing water and keeping the joint in good shape to provide strength and flexibility. As we age, however, the production of this substance slows down, leading to a less elastic quality of the joint itself. How well you can move around pain-free is hugely dependent on your joints. Glucosamine Hydrochloride is a molecule that restores the elastic qualities to your joints, helping preserve them.

Chondroitin Sulfate: Also naturally occurring inside your own body’s cartilage, this compound is known as an arthritis fighter with its ability to support cartilage tissue. Your body produces enzymes that help break down worn-down or injured joint tissue, and chondroitin sulfate helps regulate the balance of those enzymes in the joint itself. This means better ability for your joints to repair themselves.

If you experience any kind of joint discomfort or just want to prevent against it, you should consider JOINT THERAPEUTICS as an option. Talk to a certified NUTRISHOP staff member and find out how it can keep you limber and pain-free.