The importance of taking care of the joints in your sports practice
Data from the Sociedad De España del Dolor (SED) show that twenty percent of the population of Spain suffers from some kind of chronic pain, and that in ten percent of these cases it is joint pain. Many times we relate joint pain with aging, but it is not the only factor that increases the risk of suffering an osteoarticular disease. There are other causes that predispose the cartilage and bone to wear out, such as genetics, obesity or the practice of intense exercise not properly supervised.
When we suffer from articulatory inconveniences our quality of life is damaged and affects our social field, since this intense pain forces us to reduce and/or limit our activities every day.
In order to prevent these symptoms and slow down their progress, we must maintain a balanced nutrition, carry out a controlled physical activity (intense sports practice, and particularly that with a high degree of impact, can damage the joints) and avoid certain dangerous factors such as joint overload and anatomical excess weight. On the other hand, it is convenient to assist our organism with food supplements for the joints. Athletes have greater joint wear, especially those who engage in intense and impactful activities, as we have seen.
Essential micronutrients for joints while playing sport
There is currently an extensive plurality of food supplements on the market. The instant we decide to include one in our daily nutrition, we should look at including at least the next components, since they are the most effective nutrients to prevent joint pain:
- Hydrolyzed collagen type II: collagen is the most overflowing protein in our body. Specifically, type II collagen is essential for building bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Our organism produces it in a natural way, but as we age, the production of collagen decreases, for this reason it is essential to pay attention to the daily intake of the recommended dose. When we decide to include a food supplement for the joints with collagen, it is essential that it is hydrolyzed so that our body is able to absorb and assimilate it in its entirety.
- Vitamin C (Ester-C®): is a very antioxidant vitamin that contributes to the normal formation of collagen. Ester-C® (calcium ascorbate) is the non-acidic and most active form of vitamin C: it aids in the absorption and fixation of collagen in the bones. It also contributes to cell regeneration and reduces inflammation.
- MSM (Opti MSM®): is an organic sulphur compound. Sulphur is the third most overflowing mineral in our organism, precise for the training of connective tissue. Its beneficial effects are due primarily to the increase in antioxidant enzymes such as N-acetylcysteine and glutathione that assist in reducing joint pain and inflammation. It also improves joint flexibility.
- Magnesium: Minerals are essential to support strong and healthy joints. Among them, magnesium stands out. It is a fundamental mineral in joint health. It is an integral part of the bone structure and its lack inhibits the synthesis of the fat-soluble vitamin D, necessary for the mineralization of the bones.
- Hyaluronic acid: an important molecule present in the skin, eyes and joints. It is the primary component of the synovial fluid, which lubricates and cushions the joints. Cooperates in reducing joint stiffness and the danger of injury.
- Vitamin D: is a precise liposoluble vitamin to rebuild cartilage and tissues. It favors the absorption of calcium and phosphorus minerals needed for the training of bone tissues and sustain bone health.
- Glucosamine: is an aminosaccharide, which plays an essential role in the training and repair of cartilage. Glucosamine also participates in the synthesis of connective tissue, in joint mobility and in the training and repair of cartilage, joints, ligaments and tendons. Reduces friction and joint pain as it makes the synovial fluid thicker and more flexible.
- Horsetail: it is a source of silica, a mineral that participates in the synthesis of collagen and glycosaminoglycans (components of connective tissue).
Properties of the best food supplement for joints
The properties that a food supplement should have for the joints are:
- Complete formula: containing the essential nutrients mentioned above, as they have a synergistic effect that enhances your results.
- Liquid vial format: so that it has a high bioavailability, that is, that our organism is capable of absorbing each and every one of the nutrients that we provide to it.
- High quality raw materials: it is essential that your formula has been developed with proven nutrients from renowned laboratories to ensure its quality.
- Comfortable and simple to ingest: essential properties so that we are able to carry out the complete treatment within the established time.
- Safe: each and every food supplement must have European Union certificates such as the NUT code.