Joint Supplements

Cardio and strength training can be hard on your joints. As you get older, the normal wear and tear on the joints compound the stiffness and pain you experience after a particularly strenuous activity. Even when you warm up, use proper form, cool down and stretch, you may need a little extra help to recover.
Taking joint supplements before and after exercise can help your body protect and repair these overworked areas. Here are some of the main ingredients found in joint supplements and how they help you recover:
* MSM- Methylsulfonylmethane is a commonly known ingredient in supplements. MSM feeds the ailing areas sulfur which helps them repair and diminishes the pain. Natural sources for MSM are vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains, and fish.
* Glucosamine and Chondroitin- These work best together and are another well-known treatment for joints. They help strengthen torn cartilage that normally cushions the area from friction. Glucosamine comes from shellfish shells, and chondroitin comes from shark or bovine cartilage. Typically, you will find pills containing MSM along with the glucosamine and chondroitin.
* Boswellia- From a tree in India, the resin is collected, and Boswellia is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
* Magnesium- This is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in the production of ATP in the body. ATP is essential to growing tissue and bones which aids in the repair of damaged areas. There are a variety of natural sources for magnesium such as fish, beef, nuts and grains.
* Bromelain- This enzyme extracted from the pineapple is an anti-inflammatory. It inhibits the specific proteins that cause pain.
* Molybdenum- This is a trace mineral that enhances the body’s ability to use MSM. It comes from leafy greens, beans, and grains. Look for it on the label of products that contain MSM.
* Turmeric- This spicy root of the ginger family acts as an anti-inflammatory. Of course, never try to workout through the pain. Give your inflamed joints a break in conjunction with taking medications. Ice is also a great help for swollen and painful areas. When nothing seems to work, consider work-outs that are easy on the body and don’t put pressure on the inflamed areas. Swimming is a great alternative and using an elliptical machine is gentler than a treadmill.
If you are experiencing acute pain after strenuous exercise, you may need to see you physician or an orthopedist. There may be an issue that is beyond help with drugs. Discuss the ingredients in the joint supplements you are considering with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there will be no drug interaction with your existing medications.
It doesn’t have to hurt when you work-out, and by aiding in the healing process, you can make the most of future work-outs.