A joint is the place where two bones meet. There are more than 200 in your body, ranging from small joints in your fingers to larger ones like your knees. It’s important that we maintain healthy joints throughout our lives, particularly as we age and they begin to break down.
Speak with your doctor about whether it’s right for you to begin taking a joint supplement, such as MegaRed® Joint Care, while also making other lifestyle changes to improve your joint health.
MegaRed® Joint Care contains a unique formula that combines powerful Omega-3 krill oil with hyaluronic acid, a nutrient that exists naturally in your body and helps lubricate and cushion your joints, and astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant to help relieve oxidative damage in joints.†
Move Free Ultra Triple Action is a joint health supplement that supports your joints, cartilage and bones in just one tiny pill, so you can stay moving and keep up with your daily activities. To help accomplish this, it contains three main ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid: The same molecule in the fluid that exists naturally in your joints which helps cushion and lubricate joints. As we get older, our levels of HA tend to decrease.
Type II Collagen: This unique ingredient is the same protein found in healthy cartilage and actually helps reprogram your immune system through a process called "oral tolerance." A patented process gently extracts and preserves the Type-II collagen from cartilage, leaving the protein intact.*
Boron: This helps maintain healthy Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium levels for healthy bones. Joints receive their essential nutrients through their adjoining bones, making healthy bones key for healthy joints.*
Learn more about how you can benefit your joint health by taking this brief and fun quiz!
Q: How many pounds of stress does one pound of extra weight put on your knees?
- 9 pounds
- 12 pounds
- 7 pounds
- 2 pounds
- 4 pounds
A: The correct answer is e: 4 pounds. Every extra pound puts 4 times the stress on your knees. Studies show that losing as little as 11 pounds may improve joint health and reduce your risk of osteoarthritis of the knee by 50 percent.
Q: What's the percentage of water in joint cartilage when we're young?
A: The correct answer is d. 85%. When we're young, joint cartilage contains a lot more water, helping to cushion and protect our joints. Keeping well-hydrated can help keep joints lubricated, as well as supplementing with a product like Move Free® Advanced which contains Chondroitin and Joint Fluid.
Q: How can soft drinks be hard on your joints?
- Phosphorus in soda causes deterioration in joints
- Extra calories contribute to weight gain, shown to stress joints
- Sugar and caffeine can trigger inflammation in the joints
- Citric acid in soda contributes to calcium loss, weakening bones
- All of the above
A: The correct answer is e: all of the above. Skip the soda and substitute water, milk (loaded with bone-building calcium) or orange juice (full of antioxidant Vitamin C and often fortified with calcium). Your joints, bones, and overall health will thank you!
Q: Which is the most commonly injured joint?
A: The correct answer is c: knee. Because of its structure and weight-bearing capacity, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. The best way to protect your knees is to keep your weight in the normal range. Additionally, you can maintain healthy joints by nourishing them with Move Free Ultra, it lubricates and protects joints all in one small pill.
Q: Which of these foods are good for your joints and your heart?
- red wine
- all of the above
A: The correct answer is c: salmon. While all of these foods can be good for you in moderation, it's fish like salmon that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, known to benefit both heart and joint health
Support your joint health by taking Move Free and maintaining a healthy diet that includes the nutrients your joints need to thrive and keep you moving. These delicious foods can provide you with a strong starting point for a new, joint-healthy diet.
Winter squash comes in different shapes, colors and names (such as butternut squash, acorn squash, and pumpkins). Butternut squash tastes when great roasted or pureed in soups while acorn squash is delicious when baked with some brown sugar and a little bit of butter. These squashes are also high in Vitamins A and C, which provide beneficial antioxidants and fight against the oxidative damage that affects cartilage and joint tissue.
Dark and Leafy Greens
Leafy greens—fresh kale, chard, mustard greens and beet greens, among others—can be delicious with just some extra virgin olive oil and garlic or in an egg dish for breakfast. But why eat them? Because they have tons of essential vitamins and minerals, help with weight management and may even reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Leafy greens are also the perfect foods for joint health, because they contain vital nutrients including Vitamins C, K and A, iron, calcium and magnesium. These all work together to create strong bones; produce osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health; and combat oxidative damage, a major cause of inflammation and ageing throughout the body and within your joints.
Everything tastes better with extra virgin olive oil. Simply pour a few tablespoons into a small bowl, add any chopped fresh herbs you like and dunk some multi-grain bread to enjoy its fruity taste. As mentioned, you can double-down on your healthier-eating choices by cooking leafy greens with good olive oil. Just saute sliced garlic in the oil first (don’t let it brown) and add the greens, which will wilt and become a delicious side dish with a little salt and pepper.
Not just for Thanksgiving, turkey is an excellent source of lean protein. Protein plays a critical role in many vital functions including building and repairing muscles, which are essential for joint health. Skinless white meat turkey is a great low-fat and low-cholesterol substitute for other meats in recipes such as chili, burgers and sauces.
Winter is the season for citrus, which is especially important when other fresh fruits are out of season. Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, pomelos, clementines, lemons and limes are popular choices. Known primarily for their high Vitamin C content, these fruits are also filled with folic acid, potassium, calcium, folate, thiamin, niacin, Vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium and copper. In fact, a single orange actually has more than 170 different phytonutrients.
Try this delicious, easy recipe using two of our five foods for joint health today!
Butternut Squash and Cider Soup
This soup is loaded with vitamins and is low-fat. Yum! You'll find many enjoyable ways to improve your health when you explore the joint-friendly food and recipe ideas in this newsletter. Read on and enjoy.
1 lg. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped in large chunks
1 lg. onion, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
2 to 3 cups fresh apple cider
salt and pepper to taste
Sautee onion in olive oil in a large pot until soft and golden. Add squash cubes, 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth, and 1 cup cider. Simmer, covered, until squash is soft (about 20 minutes). Puree in a blender or food processor in batches. Return to pot, and add more cider until it's the thickness you desire. Season with salt and pepper, heat through, and serve.
To supplement your diet for healthy joints you can also include Move Free® Advanced. Move Free® Advanced contains glucosamine, chondroitin and Joint Fluid (or Hyaluronic Acid) to support joints.
Joint changes are a natural part of getting older, and that’s particularly true of synovial joints, such as the knee, hip and shoulder. They’re surrounded by collagen and have an inner membrane that secretes a lubricating fluid. They also contain cartilage, which pads the ends of the bones. Each of these components is susceptible to ageing.
What drives this joint discomfort over time?
Cartilage is your natural shock absorber. In normal and healthy joints, a smooth layer of cartilage cushions the bones in your joints, allowing them to glide over each other easily. It’s composed of about 85% water and 15% collagen and other proteins, but as you get older, the water content can decline to about 70%, resulting in less effective cushioning. The cartilage in your joints can also breakdown with age and cause discomfort upon becoming rougher and thin, and eventually resulting in your bones rubbing together.
Synovial fluid is like oil in your car, because it lubricates your joints for smooth movement. Healthy joint fluid contains high amounts of large hyaluronic acid molecules, which naturally cushion your joints and other tissues. With age, the size of the hyaluronic acid molecules in your joints decreases, inhibiting its ability to support cushioning and lubrication.
Collagen is a natural protein within your connective tissue, and is found in your cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bones and skin. Collagen fibers keep your skeletal system flexible, but collagen levels in the body start declining after age 25. This can cause cartilage to become less flexible and more brittle over time.
Inactivity and excess body weight can intensify the natural wear and tear process on your joints. Every extra pound of body weight exerts four times more pressure on your knees, which support your entire body. Learn more about how exercise impacts your joint health in our exercise section below!
In addition to taking Move Free® Advanced Plus MSM & Vitamin D3 daily to support your joints, we also recommend exercising your joints to help support your bone health and joint movement.
Water-based exercises are particularly beneficial, because the water is so easy on your joints. It can support your weight, which makes walking, swimming and similar activities easier on your aching, stressed joints. Additionally, it can be a way to stay cool during the hot summers, because a local gym’s pool will provide the perfect way to beat the heat.
You can also try taking a water aerobics class, which can help you do high-intensity exercises with the support of water. It can also help you establish a routine, ensuring your chances for providing joint relief. You’re also more likely to maintain your weight and building muscular strength in your aching areas, both of which can take the strain off your joints..
With regular exercise also comes more energy to get you through the day. Joint discomfort takes a pretty big toll on your entire body, causing you to feel sluggish and tired. Swimming and practicing water aerobics can help change that by providing you with the stamina and energy you need.
Our Move Free® Advanced Plus MSM & Vitamin D3 formula contains:
- Glucosamine – a key component in the formation of cartilage as well as an essential building block of your joints
- Chondroitin – a substance that attracts fluid to your joints to support cushioning and lubrication
- MSM – a source of sulfur found naturally in the body that plays an important role in the formation of collagen in joints
- Vitamin D3 – a vitamin that helps to support your overall bone health
Healthy weight management can help reduce discomfort and increase long-term joint health and joint support in several different and important ways.
Reduces the stress on your joints
Every pound of extra weight increases the pressure placed on your knees, hips and ankles. With normal walking, your joints are impacted by about 3 to 5 times your bodyweight, so even 10 pounds of extra body weight acts like an extra 30 pounds of pressure on your knees and hips. This pressure can cause knee cartilage to break down. Without a thick cushioning of cartilage, your bones are more likely to rub against each other and cause discomfort and bone damage over time.
Helps prevent inflammation
Scientists believe that joint problems are most likely caused by a combination of increased force on individual joints and factors within your body. Research shows that fat cells create and release proteins that promote inflammation, which contributes to many types of tissue degradation including cartilage destruction. Your body needs fat cells, but too many may lead to damage in your joints. Maintaining a healthy weight helps keep your body in balance.
Helps you avoid or postpone surgery
Staying at a healthy weight can also help you avoid, postpone or bounce back faster from joint surgery. Research shows that overweight patients often have hip and knee replacements at younger ages than those at a healthy weight. Surgery in overweight patients is also more complicated, often requiring longer periods of anesthesia and operating time. If you do need surgery, you'll heal faster if you're in good shape.
Makes it easier to be more active
If you have joint issues, staying physically active is key to getting better. Being overweight can restrict your range of motion and put more strain on your back and knees, making movement uncomfortable and physical activity more difficult to sustain. Start with moderate activity, such as taking a daily walk, to build up your stamina. As you become more active, you’ll increase your ability to bend, stretch and burn fat.
Lowers your risk of future joint problems
Maintaining a healthy weight can also make a major difference to future joint health. Women who lost 11 pounds cut their risk of developing joint issues by 50%,according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Institute.
Also, heavier people often experience problems much earlier than those at a healthier weight. John Hopkins researchers found that the risk of developing knee problems would drop 21.4% in overweight and obese men if they lost a significant amount of weight. For women, joint issues would decrease by 33% if they lost weight.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.