Rolling over to get out of bed… Wrapping your hand around a door knob… Taking the dog for a walk… Riding your bike… Gardening… Getting down on the floor to play with the kids…
For millions of people, these are everyday activities that they do without much thought—and without having to deal with joint health. But for millions of other people, they are a struggle—a chore because their joints aren’t as young as they used to be. And if you are one of the many adults who report joint health issues in national surveys then you know what it is like to skip something you enjoy because your joints made you put on the brakes.1
There are many reasons why a person could be having trouble with their joints but aging and injury are the most prevalent. And while we can do our best to avoid injury and still end up getting injured anyway, there is no known way to avoid aging. However, there are some things you can do for your joints that can help mitigate the effects of normal aging or make dealing with the after-effects of an injury a bit easier: see your doctor, rest, exercise, lose weight, use heat or cold, and take Flexuron®, a new nutritional supplement that out-performed glucosamine-chondroitin for promoting optimal joint comfort in clinical trials.*†
6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Joints
1. See Your Doctor: Your doctor should always be the point-person for your joint health care. Injuries should be attended to as soon as possible. And your doctor can help guide you through a healthy aging routine tailored to your specific needs.
2. Rest: Sounds simple, right? But let’s face it, getting proper rest can be difficult in today’s fast-paced, demanding world. But your joints need proper rest every day if they are to avoid being over-taxed.
3. Exercise: Counter-intuitive, but just as important as getting proper rest for your joints. Joints are a “use-it-or-lose-it” part of your body, as reported by a study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, which observed that if you don’t use your joints, the cartilage covering them tends to get thinner.2 And a second study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism showed that moderate exercise can increase the thickness of joint cartilage and improve joint performance.3 So use your joints—but use them properly (which is where Tip #1 – See Your Doctor – comes into play again).
4. Lose Weight: Weight can be a sensitive topic, but your joints are sensitive to weight. Multiple studies have shown the relationship between body weight and joint discomfort, with one reporting that “being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step.”4
5. Use Heat… Or Cold: It can be confusing whether to use heat or cold on your joints. Sometimes the answer is one or the other, and sometimes the answer is both (though not at the same time).
Heat is good for soothing stiff joints because it enhances circulation and delivers nutrients to the joints and surrounding muscles. 5 Some people prefer heating pads while others like using moist heat packs. Whichever you use, follow the instructions on the device and do not use it for more than 20-minutes at a time.
Cold, on the other hand, is used for reducing swelling and inflammation because it restricts blood flow to the area and numbs the nerve endings. However, whether you use a frozen bag of peas or an ice pack, do not apply cold for more than 20-minutes.5
6. Use Flexuron®: Getting proper nutrition to your joints can be key to improving their comfort, flexibility, and mobility. Flexuron® is a patented combination of three key nutrients for joint health: omega-3 from krill oil, antioxidant-rich astaxanthin, and hyaluronic acid, which is a component of your joint’s lubricating synovial fluid.*
When people in the past thought about joint comfort supplements, glucosamine-chondroitin is what most readily came to mind. However, Flexuron® will change that. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, the Flexuron® formula performed on average 3-to-5-times better that glucosamine-chondroitin as reported by test subjects using the WOMAC Pain Score Scale (The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index, a widely used set of protocols for assessing pain).† Study participants reported improved joint comfort in as little as 7 days, with increasing improvement over the course of 56 days when measured on the VAS Scale (the Visual Analog Scale, which measures subjective attitudes).
It’s the special combination of ingredients in Flexuron® that make the difference:
PhosphoBoost™ Krill Oil is a great source of Omega-3, and the phospholipids version used in Flexuron® carries the EPA & DHA components of Omega-3 directly into your cells, promoting absorption.* A meta-analysis of studies on Omega-3 concluded that supplementation can improve joint comfort.6
The molecular structure of Astaxanthin gives it an exceptional ability as an antioxidant to help fight joint damage caused by free radical oxidative stress.* Astaxanthin is also valued for a number of other stellar benefits including muscle endurance and circulation, both of which can play a role in joint health.*
Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid serves as a building block for healthy joints and skin.* This gel-like substance is the joint matrix’s “shock absorber,” making it a key component of joint health and comfort.* Unfortunately, the body’s own hyaluronic acid level begins to decline as we age. Supplementing with Flexuron® can help replace some of what the body has lost.*
Put It All Together For Healthy Joints
Your joints support you, so it’s only natural that you will want to support them. Achy joints are never fun; they can slow you down and even keep you from doing the things you enjoy. But with proper care — doctor visits, rest, exercise, weight loss, heat/cold, and Flexuron® — you can increase your joint comfort and flexibility and improve your mobility.* Try something new today to give your joints a helping hand and your joints will give you a standing ovation!
1 – https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/joint-pain#1. Accessed June 2018.
2 – Eckstein F, Lemberger B, Gratzke C, Hudelmaier M, Glaser C, Englmeier KH, Reiser M. In vivo cartilage deformation after different types of activity and its dependence on physical training status. Ann Rheum Dis 2005;64:291-295.
3 – Roos EM, Dahlberg L. Positive effects of moderate exercise on glycosaminoglycan content in knee cartilage: A four-month, randomized, controlled trial in patients at risk of osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2005;52:3507-3514.
4 – Role of Body Weight in Osteoarthritis. https://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/role-of-body-weight-in-osteoarthritis/. Accessed June 2018.
5 – Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief. https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/heat-cold-pain-relief.php. Accessed June 2018.
6 – A meta-analysis of the analgesic effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for inflammatory joint pain. RJ Goldberg and J Katz. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0024571/. Accessed June 2018.
† – 3 to 5 Times Better than Glucosamine and Chondroitin at Promoting Total and Maximum Joint Comfort as measured in Clinical study (improvement in WOMAC Pain Scores after subtracting out the placebo response).