When joint pain gets in the way

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

RE­TIRE­MENT life wasn’t work­ing for John. A pas­sion­ate chef, John spent 25 years in his own restau­rant be­fore pass­ing it down to his son. When he re­tired, John ex­pected to fall eas­ily into a life of leisure.

How­ever, four months postre­tire­ment, he started to ex­pe­ri­ence knee pain. Soon his joint pain be­came so bad that he would rather spend his day in monotony, mostly sleep­ing or watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

The truth is there are many se­nior cit­i­zens in Malaysia also suf­fer­ing from some form of joint pain. There is hope to stop the pain and de­gen­er­a­tion be­fore it pro­gresses to a more se­ri­ous stage.

Un­der­stand­ing your treat­ment and its side ef­fects

Many have re­sorted to med­i­ca­tion to re­lieve the pain, but th­ese have side ef­fects.

Even the sim­plest drugs, such as over- the- counter ibupro­fen, can harm your stom­ach lin­ing, and may be dan­ger­ous to peo­ple who have suf­fered a heart at­tack.

Ac­etaminophen is known to af­fect the liver in cer­tain peo­ple and de­plete glu­tathione.

For peo­ple with a weak stom­ach, some med­i­ca­tion can cause se­vere con­sti­pa­tion and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­com­fort. Th­ese drugs are ex­ten­sively used in med­i­cal treat­ment de­spite their side ef­fects.

Re­search in­di­cates that in the treat­ment of os­teoarthri­tis, th­ese drugs may pro­duce short- term ben­e­fits, but they ac­tu­ally ac­cel­er­ate the pro­gres­sion of joint de­struc­tion and cause more prob­lems later on.

Tak­ing painkillers is fine for most peo­ple with se­ri­ous joint pain as a short- term pain re­liever. How­ever, it is not al­ways the best an­swer for os­teoarthri­tis, which needs to take into con­sid­er­a­tion long- term drug- nu­tri­ent de­ple­tions, and gut- re­lated side ef­fects.

Your triple ac­tion arthri­tis fight­ers

1. MSM ( Methyl­sul­fonyl­methane) MSM is a sul­phur- con­tain­ing com­pound that oc­curs nat­u­rally in cer­tain plants and foods. Sev­eral stud­ies have shown sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits of MSM in treat­ing arthri­tis, es­pe­cially of the knee. Ap­prox­i­mately half of the to­tal body sul­phur is con­cen­trated in the mus­cles, skin and bones.

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant uses of MSM is to pro­vide sul­phur to the car­ti­lage. Car­ti­lage con­tains pro­tein ( i. e. Gly­cosamino­gly­can, GAG) with flex­i­ble sul­phur bonds. The more sul­phur bonds found in- be­tween GAG, the more flex­i­ble the car­ti­lage.

Age­ing and short­age of sul­phur in our soil are the main causes that af­fect sul­phur avail­abil­ity in our body, hence leav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on car­ti­lage build­ing and re­pair.

Be­sides main­tain­ing the flex­i­bil­ity of our car­ti­lage, or­ganic sul­phur is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to help re­move tox­ins that are ac­cu­mu­lated in our mus­cle and car­ti­lage tis­sues.

In older bod­ies, cell wastes and tox­ins build up in­side cells. This creates swollen and in­flamed mus­cle cells and joints, and it is the root of pain, aches and in­flam­ma­tion.

Or­ganic sul­phur works with the cells to in­crease cell wall per­me­abil­ity, al­low­ing cells to re­move wastes and tox­ins while re­ceiv­ing nu­tri­ents and oxy­gen. As a re­sult, mus­cle cells and joints re­turn to nor­mal, op­ti­mal func­tion. The cells will thrive with the new nu­tri­ents and oxy­gen, re­liev­ing the pain and in­flam­ma­tion.

2. Glu­cosamine sul­phate Glu­cosamine sul­phate is an amino acid pro­duced in your body and is part of the build­ing blocks re­quired for re­pair and for­ma­tion of joint car­ti­lage.

As age and di­etary fac­tors re­duce your body’s abil­ity to make glu­cosamine, this in turn slows down the re­pair of the car­ti­lage. Clin­i­cal stud­ies show that 1,500mg of glu­cosamine sul­phate daily helps re­duce the pain and stiff­ness in os­teoarthritic joints. Long- term con­sump­tion will ben­e­fit the joints even more as it aids the re­pair and re­build­ing of car­ti­lage.

Glu­cosamine sul­phate com­bats arthri­tis by stim­u­lat­ing the man­u­fac­ture of gly­cosamino­gly­can, the nat­u­ral lu­bri­cant and shock ab­sorber, which en­ables your joint to move smoothly and pain­lessly.

Glu­cosamine also pro­motes the in­cor­po­ra­tion of sul­phur into car­ti­lage, in­creas­ing its strength and dura­bil­ity

3. Chon­droitin sul­phate Works to­gether syn­er­gis­ti­cally, glu­cosamine sul­phate and chon­droitin sul­phate stim­u­late the syn­the­sis of new car­ti­lage while keep­ing the car­ti­lage- bust­ing en­zymes un­der con­trol. This helps to nor­malise the car­ti­lage matrix.

Chon­droitin sul­phate works by draw­ing mois­ture- car­ry­ing nu­tri­ents such as glu­cosamine, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als into the joints, thus keep­ing your joints ag­ile and strong. It also blocks or slows down the pro­gres­sion of car­ti­lage break­down by block­ing the en­zymes that cause joint degra­da­tion.

Clin­i­cal stud­ies show that a daily dose of 1,200mg of chon­droitin sul­phate helps re­duce joint pain and stiff­ness. It keeps joint car­ti­lage re­silient and pre­vents car­ti­lage de­struc­tion.

Th­ese three in­gre­di­ents need to be con­sumed in high strength ( 1,500mg glu­cosamine, 1,200mg chon­droitin and 600mg MSM) on a daily ba­sis for three months to pro­duce re­sults.

In or­der to achieve the ther­a­peu­tic dosage, com­pli­ance and pa­tience are crit­i­cal fac­tors to en­sure a suc­cess­ful regime.

This in­for­ma­tion is con­trib­uted by an in- house phar­ma­cist at Cam­bert ( M) Sdn Bhd.

For de­tails, call the in­fo­line at 1300 881 712.

ex­er­cise boosts ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents, the en­ergy cy­cle of in­di­vid­u­als cells, and elim­i­nates tox­ins from cells.

MsM, glo­cosamine sul­phate and chon­droitin sul­phate work to help re­duce joint pain.

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