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  • Joint supplements

    Frankenstyles | November 2, 2017 - 12:52 AM Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

    Was wondering if anyone here has had luck with joint supplements? I have pretty bad knees and I started taking fish oils and a triple flex type supplement (it’s the Costco brand). I have also recently started walking for 30 min a day on the treadmill 3-4 days a week. I’m not really sure if it’s the supplements that are kind of helping or the exercise. Thanks for any feedback! 

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  • scottie
    November 2, 2017 - 11:32 AM

    Are your bad knees due to something wrong with the knee structurally or a result of the your back issues? The reason I ask is that my knees just started bothering me and it's because of all the tugging that's going on with my muscles.  Now I am forced to stretch my hamstrings multiple times a day to stay loose.  In addition, I take MuscleLax supplement and sometimes rub magnesium oil on my legs.  I also go a massage therapist about every 2-3 weeks.  They work on my legs big time and can feel the difference immediately.  Working out the knots and such.  

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    • ChiefBacker

      I can attest to this as well.  Legs get so tight that it yanks on my lower back and also affects my knee and ankles.  Leg massages work wonders for me for this. So does a sauna and hot tub.  Keeps everything relaxed.

    • Macey

      I recently joined this fitness center and used their sauna. What a relief it was! After sitting there for a bit, I jumped in the pool and kind of floated around. I had a blast. You're so right —when I got home, I was so surprised at how great I felt (mentally too). 

  • Lexi
    November 2, 2017 - 12:23 PM

    Sry to hear about your joint pain, which I can relate too. It sounds like you're doing everything possible and staying active so kudos to you for that. Somedays, I can't seem to push myself out of the house. I have started taking magnesium supplements and I can't tell you how much it's helped my knee pain. Here are some links that I found helpful. Dr. Dean is the real deal. 

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    • ChiefBacker

      Magnesium has worked for me too for muscle tightness.  I was curious as to the science behind Magnesium and came across the article below.  Check this out.  Implanting  magnesium in a mini dissolving device to kill a staph infection.  Wow.  So cool.

      ---Imagine a bandage that would kill bacteria from inside a wound. That's the goal of Tufts University biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto and his colleagues, who have created an implantable device of silk and magnesium that can knock out a staph infection before dissolving harmlessly inside the body.

      Typically, medical implants are made of metal or other permanent materials. That means they either become part of the body forever, or they must be removed, a process that can carry risk of infection or other complications.

      Omenetto and his team are working to develop something very different. Using a substrate of silk — which is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of protein — and a coil of magnesium, the researchers were able to create a simple miniature heater. Once implanted into the body, the heater can be turned on, increasing the temperature of the tissue just enough to kill Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. After days or weeks, depending on the construction of the silk and the thickness of the magnesium, the device dissolves. Tests in mice found that the device successfully knocked out the bacteria, and that in the aftermath, the tissue was perfectly healthy, with no signs of increased levels of silk proteins or magnesium. The researchers reported their findings in November in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

      Magnesium made a good candidate for the coil, Omenetto told Live Science, because it breaks down in contact with body fluids and because it is so biocompatible. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium in the diet, according to the Institute of Medicine, is between 300 and 400 milligrams per day. The heater implant contains a mere 30 micrograms of magnesium, a drop in the bucket in comparison.   

      "When you examine the area around the tissue, you don't find traces above what you would find physiologically," Omenetto said. "these are encouraging signs that these devices just kind of go away."

      The device is far from hitting the medical market, and the research is very much in the "discovery-driven" stage, he said. In theory, however, biodegradable silk-and-magnesium devices could also be used for other purposes, like sensors for food to detect spoilage.

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    • Lexi

      Thank you for this info. I honestly had no idea about any of that. Magnesium officially rocks. 

  • Macey
    November 3, 2017 - 1:57 PM

    Great question. My mom was actually asking me about this. I did some research for her and this is what I found.

    The ten best supplements that fight joint pain are: 

    1) Glucosamine: This is one of the best supplements for knee joints. This fatty acid is a part of cartilage and other components of the joints. Glucosamine helps rebuild the bones and prevent cartilage wear and tear. It also prevents inflammation of the joints and adjoining muscles. 

    2) Chondroitin Sulfate: This is used with glucosamine, helps build the cartilage, and prevents pain in the joints. If chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are taken in conjunction as supplements for joint pain, the pain may be abated and the joints may become stronger. 

    3) Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the wear and tear of the joints. These fatty acids prevent the enzymes called collagenases from damaging the joints. Omega-3 is popularly used as a supplement for the knee joints and is known to reduce inflammation and strengthen the tendons. 

    4) SAMe: S-adenosyl-methionine is a co-enzyme for production of body tissue. This coenzyme helps repair the joints and reduces inflammation and pain. This is mostly used in the treatment of arthritis. It is also known to reduce muscle stiffness, muscle pain, and fatigue. 

    5) TMG: Tri-methyl-glycine is often used with SAMe. TMG aids SAMe in its functions. It is also known to strengthen the bones and aids the body tissue in absorbing nutrients. 

    6)MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane): MSM provides the raw material for the production of cartilage in the body. It is a structural protein, nontoxic, and found in most organic matter. It helps build collagen that is the binding tissue for bones. It is known to be effective in the treatment of arthritis and osteoarthritis. 

    7) Calcium: Calcium is an essential ingredient for the production of bones and teeth. Calcium is helpful in reducing joint pain and inflammation and is one of the best supplements for knee joints. 

    8) Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an anti-oxidizing agent that helps protect connective tissues like the ligaments, tendons, and skin, not to mention the bones and joints. Vitamin C helps make collagen which is important for the flexibility of muscles and blood vessels. 

    9) Silicon: Silicon is known to make strong bone tissue and is used in trace amounts. Silicon is a part of most body tissue and is especially important because it binds the bone tissue and provides strength. 10) Gelatin: This is the best supplement for knee joints, especially for athletes and sportspersons. It acts as a lubricant that prevents bone tissue wear and tear due to regular use.

    I hope this helps. 

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  • wellnessmama
    November 6, 2017 - 3:51 AM

    Hey there. I used to suffer from chronic arthritis in my hip. I don't really know a lot about supplements but what I've been doing a lot of research on is in regards to nutrition and the impact it has on our health. Specifically, whole food nutrition and the the natural source of anti-oxidants which help lower inflammation in our body. I'm happy to say that I was introduced to a nutritional supplement that I now LOVE to share with people because it has bridged the gap in my own nutrition and I've been able to overcome my arthritis without the use of meds. I'd be happy to share more if interested.

    PS. That's awesome that you've been exercising. That's another powerful way to push through arthritis.

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    • ChiefBacker

      Has it helped arthritis in your back or do you have arthritis else where?

    • wellnessmama

      specifically in my hip is where I was experiencing it but nutrition will target inflammation everywhere in the body ;)