Archive for August, 2014
Do you constantly suffer joint pain or back pain?
I see a lot of people who struggle through the day with pain.
Many of them are resigned to the fact it is genetic or part of the ageing process and rely on taking constant pain killers (with joint supplements offering no noticeable improvements).
But it doesn’t have to be that way, we can be pain free to enjoy our lives, and nutrition is the key to this…
So… I wanted to give you the 10 most important things you need to know for joint health and the prevention of arthritis.
1) Why joint supplements might not work?
Our modern lifestyle means it is hard to get enough nutrients from our food and therefore we do not have the enzyme co-factors needed to support joint health.
If you don’t have these enzyme co-factors including boron, selenium and vitamin D to start with, there is no point in taking a joint product such as glucosamine and chondroitin as these rely on other nutrients to work.
There are also a number of other essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which work synergistically to reduce inflammation.
2) Eliminate gluten, sugar and processed all processed grain
I would highly recommend if you have any problems with joint or muscle pain – you eliminate gluten and refined sugar completely from your diet.
This will help you avoid elevated insulin and leptin levels, which can lead to or exacerbate inflammation in your body. Without sugar and processed grains you will radically reduce inflammatory prostagladins.
3) Relieving musculoskeletal pain with Antioxidant Vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Selenium
The antioxidant properties of Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium in the right levels are fantastic free radical scavengers, meaning they mop up the unstable molecules with missing or extra electrons that attack tissue such as cartilage or joint tissue and cause inflammation.
A high intake of vitamin C reduces the risk of cartilage loss and slows the progression of osteoarthritis. Vitamin E also protects and enhances cartilage formation.
BePure ONE is a unique multivitamin because it contains high levels of antioxidants and 214% of your daily intake of selenium (needed because New Zealand soils are so deficient in selenium).
Vitamin D is taken for granted and is assumed plentiful in a healthy diet and sun exposure, unfortunately very few foods naturally contain vitamin D and it can only synthesize between 10am-3pm in summer. Vitamin D controls the DNA of all cells in addition to strengthening bones and preventing osteoporosis, so it is no wonder that low vitamin D has a direct correlation to developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Make sure to get your vitamin D checked it should be >80nmol for general population and >120nmol those with type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders.
BePure ONE and THREE combined contains 1600 I.U of Vitamin D3 per serve.
The joint inflammation that accompanies osteoarthritis is regulated in large part by essential fatty acids and the ratio of these fats in the diet can either promote or hinder inflammation.
With modern diets being so high in pro-inflammatory omega 6’s, a concentrated DHA/EPA Omega 3 fish oil supplement like BePure Three is essential for arthritis and joint health as it supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory responses and can reduce joint pain and swelling.
EPA stimulates the production of beneficial eicosanoids that naturally reduce inflammation and the Harvard Medical School has promoted Omega 3 fatty acids as an effective tool for lessening the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Nightshades produce a particular group of substances called alkaloids. Although the level in vegetables is very low, some individuals are highly sensitive and this can be a major reason for joint pain. The alkaloids get deposited in the synovial fluid around joints, which the immune system then attacks causing inflammation and joint pain.
Nightshade vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers to name a few. Research indicates as many as 1 in 3 arthritis sufferers may be intolerant to the nightshade vegetables.
Vitamin K2 is essential for keeping calium in the bones where it should be rather than depositing it in joints and arteries.
When you consume calcium it goes everywhere and anywhere in the body and if you do not have enough vitamin K2 this calcium will not be pushed into the bones but rather be laid in joint and arteries wheere it can build up and cause problems. When taken together vitamins K2, D and A all help to reduce rheumatoid arthritis and more.
According to Dr. Cees Vermeer, nearly everyone is deficient in vitamin K2. To be getting adequate amounts of K2 from your diet you have to be eating lots of fermented foods – fermented natto (which is in BePure One) has by far the highest levels of K2. Vitamin K2 is not stored in the body and I know of no other product on the market that has vitamin K2.
Low boron levels increase your risk of developing arthritis and in places like New Zealand where the soil is very boron-deficient this is a great concern.
Boron protects the cell from becoming a free radical, it also is essential in repairing damaged cartilage and promotes cellular repair of cartilage tissues. Boron also maintains the integrity of the membrane surrounding the cartilage around joints.
BePure ONE contains 2.5mg of Boron as Boron Glycinate (a very usable form) per serve.
9) Bone broth and anti-inflammatory foods
There was a time, not long ago when bone broth was included in nearly every meal, and provided the base for soups, gravies and stews. However this practice has slowly died
out. Bones broths are loaded with collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
As long as you have the enzyme co-factors, these nutrients are able to stimulate fibroblasts which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments and even the arteries.
Other great anti-Inflammatory foods include:
Turmeric: this powerful Asian spice contains a natural anti-inflammatory compound, curcumin, which is often found in curry blends. It is said to have the same effect as over-the counter pain relievers (but without the side effects).
Ginger: contains a host of health benefits. Among them, it helps reduce inflammation and control blood sugar. Ginger tea is a great addition to any diet.
Garlic: can help reduce inflammation, regulate glucose and help your body fight infection.
Sweet Potato: a great source of complex carbs, fibre, beta-carotene, manganese and vitamin B6 and C.
10) Latest super nutrients
With the new formula of BePure ONE I added powerful nutrients which will help joint and muscle pain including vitamin K2, resveratrol, MSM and even more bioflavonoids.
I was determined to add all these extra nutrients and keep the price at $88 for those on autoship… (the bottle now contains 25% more and contains these important added nutrients).
Vitamin K2 essential for keeping calcium in the bones where it should be rather than depositing it in joints and arteries.
MSM is an essential building block for healthy joints, it delivers sulphur to the body in a usable way and the sulphur helps to maintain the structure of the connective tissue and cartilage. MSM also helps with the elimination of waste products such as lactic acid, therefore relieving aches and pains.
Resveratrol – new research has shown resveratrol has the ability to reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress by increasing anti-inflammatory cytokines and reducing pro-inflammatory molecules (which are the root cause of auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis).
Make sure you get in touch with us if you have any questions – we have qualified nutritional consultants on board to help answer your questions – 0800 873 787.