Prod­uct Mar­ket­place: Walk­ing great for your joints

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - Ref­er­ence Uth­man O et al. Ex­er­cise for lower limb os­teoarthri­tis: a sys­tem­atic re­view in­cor­po­rat­ing trial se­quen­tial anal­y­sis and net­work meta-anal­y­sis. 2013. http:// www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/ pmc/ ar­ti­cles/ PMC3779121/ (ac­cessed Oc­to­ber 2013)

It’s of­fi­cial. Walk­ing is great for your joints even if they’re a bit creaky and not as healthy as they

once were.

A newly re­leased re­view of 60 tri­als, in­volv­ing more than 8000 peo­ple, has con­cluded that ex­er­cise which com­bines flex­i­bil­ity, strength­en­ing and aer­o­bic ben­e­fits is just the thing for sore knees and aching joints. As you may al­ready know, walk­ing is per­fect.

The Re­view, pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal, mea­sured out­comes like pain relief, strength, flex­i­bil­ity and im­proved func­tion and found ex­er­cise had a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact.

If you suf­fer from aching, age­ing joints, it’s best to keep them mov­ing. Take it gen­tly and build your fit­ness grad­u­ally. You may ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of sore­ness and a few creaks at first but, in time, you’ll be sur­prised by the im­prove­ments*.

Con­sider adding some nutritional sup­port to help your joints along the way.

Black­mores Joint For­mula Ad­vanced is a dual ac­tion, ex­tra strength for­mu­la­tion com­bin­ing the most sci­en­tif­i­cally val­i­dated form of glu­cosamine – glu­cosamine sul­fate sodium chlo­ride - with the most com­monly stud­ied dose of chon­droitin – 800 mg/ day

Joints that al­low for a range of move­ment – in­clud­ing knee joints – are syn­ovial joints. The bone ends sur­round­ing this type of joint are cov­ered in pro­tec­tive car­ti­lage but car­ti­lage pro­duc­tion can de­cline with age. The joint cav­ity is filled with lu­bri­cat­ing syn­ovial fluid.

Glu­cosamine and chon­droitin are nat­u­ral com­po­nents of car­ti­lage, sup­port­ing healthy car­ti­lage pro­duc­tion, and chon­droitin is also in­volved with the lu­bri­ca­tion and nu­tri­tion of the joint.

Joint For­mula Ad­vanced also supports joint re­cov­ery and re­pair and con­tains two im­por­tant min­er­als – man­ganese and boron. Man­ganese is es­sen­tial for the pro­duc­tion of car­ti­lage and bone and boron plays a role in the chem­i­cal make-up of joints and bones.

Black­mores Flex­agil pain relief cream is also per­fect for use in con­junc­tion with Joint For­mula Ad­vanced. Take it with you on longer walks or ap­ply for re­cov­ery af­ter­wards. It’s a nat­u­ral plant­based cream which has been proven to work in clin­i­cal tri­als.

A healthy diet is also im­por­tant for joint health. En­sure a good in­take of colour­ful veg­eta­bles - which pro­vide a range of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als – and in­crease your in­take of Omega-3 fatty acids by ei­ther eat­ing more fatty fish such as salmon or tak­ing an Omega-3 sup­ple­ment.

Black­mores joint range is sup­ported by Arthri­tis New Zealand. This or­gan­i­sa­tion en­cour­ages its mem­bers to main­tain an ac­tive, healthy life­style.

*Black­mores rec­om­mends you dis­cuss any new ex­er­cise regime with your health pro­fes­sional be­fore start­ing to en­sure safety.

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