When joint pain gets in the way
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.
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MsM, glocosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate work to help reduce joint pain.