The importance of taking care of your joints in your sports practice
Data from the Spanish Pain Society (SED) show that twenty percent of the Spanish population suffers from some form of chronic pain, and that in ten percent of these cases it is joint pain. Many times we associate joint pain with aging, but it is not the only factor that increases the risk of suffering from osteoarticular disease. There are other causes that predispose cartilage and bone to wear away, such as genetics, obesity or the practice of intense exercise not supervised in a convenient way.
When we suffer from joint problems our quality of life is impaired and affects our social field, while this intense pain forces us to reduce and/or limit the activities that are frequent every day.
To prevent these symptoms and slow down their progression, we must maintain a balanced diet, carry out controlled physical activity (intense sports activities, particularly those with a high degree of impact, can damage joints) and avoid certain dangerous factors such as joint overload and excess anatomical weight. On the other hand, it is convenient to assist our body with dietary supplements for the joints. Athletes have greater joint wear, especially those who do intense, high-impact activities, as we have seen.
Essential micronutrients for joints while playing sports
There is currently a wide range of food supplements on the market. The moment we decide to include one in our daily nutrition, we must make sure that it includes at least the following components, as they are the most effective nutrients for preventing joint pain:
- Hydrolyzed collagen type II: Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. Specifically, type II collagen is essential for the training of bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Our body produces it naturally, but as we age, the production of collagen goes away reducing, for this reason it is essential to pay attention to the daily intake of the recommended dose. When we decide to include a dietary supplement for our joints with collagen, it is essential that it be hydrolyzed so that our body is able to absorb and assimilate it in its entirety.
- Vitamin C (Ester-C®): is a highly antioxidant vitamin that contributes to normal collagen training. Ester-C® (calcium ascorbate) is the most active and non-acidic way of vitamin C: it helps 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 sulfur compound. Sulphur is the third most overflowing mineral in our body, which is necessary for the training of connective tissue. Its advantageous effects are eminently due to the increase of antioxidant enzymes such as N-acetylcysteine and glutathione that help reduce joint pain and inflammation. It also improves joint flexibility.
- Magnesium: Minerals are essential to sustain strong, 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: is an important molecule that is present in the skin, eyes and joints. It is the primary component of synovial fluid, which lubricates and cushions the joints. It helps to reduce joint stiffness and the risk of injury.
- Vitamin D: is a fat-soluble vitamin needed to rebuild cartilage and tissues. Promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus minerals needed for the training of bone tissue and support bone health.
- Glucosamine: is an aminosaccharide, which plays an essential role in cartilage training and repair. Glucosamine is also involved in the synthesis of connective tissue, joint mobility and the training and repair of cartilage, joints, ligaments and tendons. It reduces friction and joint pain while making the synovial fluid thicker and more flexible.
- Horsetail: 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 their results.
- Liquid vial format: so that it has a high bioavailability, that is, our body is able to absorb each and every one of the nutrients we provide.
- High quality raw materials: it is essential that its formula has been developed with proven nutrients from prestigious laboratories to ensure its quality.
- Comfortable and simple to swallow: essential properties for us to be able to carry out the complete treatment over the established period of time.
- Safe: each and every food supplement must have European Union certificates such as the NUT code.