Joints are complex, multi-functional, and constantly in use. Healthy foods and an active lifestyle can help keep your joints strong and healthy.
Here are five ingredients that support healthy joints to keep you moving with comfort and ease.
Approximately 60% of cartilage and 80% of the human skeleton is made of collagen. As we age and our collagen production decreases, bone density and cartilage cushions in joints also begin to decrease. However, research suggests that consuming collagen peptides may benefit our bodies by helping to maintain bone density and strength, joint health, and joint comfort (1,2). In one placebo-controlled study, athletes reported benefits for joint comfort and range of motion after consuming 5 grams of collagen peptides daily for 12 weeks (3).
Isagenix offers support for collagen throughout the body through Collagen Bone Broth and targeted support for collagen in joints with AMPED™ Repair which supplies type II collagen peptides.
Consumed by weekend warriors and elite athletes alike, tart cherry contains flavonoids including anthocyanins that help support faster recovery from exhaustive exercise (4,5). Tart cherry supplementation has not only been found to improve muscle recovery, soreness, and strength loss following intense exercise, but it has also been shown to improve joint flexibility and mobility in some studies (6-8).
Isagenix harnesses the power of tart cherry in AMPED Repair to soothe joints and help your body recover effectively from exercise.
Curcumin is the polyphenol pigment contributing to turmeric’s yellow color and is believed to be responsible for this spice’s health and wellness benefits. It has been used for millennia as a therapeutic agent in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. More recently, studies evaluating curcumin on joint-related benefits have seen positive outcomes (9). Curcumin also supports muscle recovery following strenuous exercise (10).
Isagenix includes curcumin for its many health benefits in Cleanse for Life®, IsaGenesis®, AMPED Repair, and CytoActives™.
The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are well known, yet many people fall short of the recommended two servings of fatty fish per week. A high-quality fish oil supplement may be an effective way to ensure adequate omega-3 intake. , Research evaluating fish oil supplementation indicates that getting omega-3s from a quality fish oil supplement is more effective at boosting omega-3 status than eating fish twice a week (11).
In addition, findings from several studies suggest that EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids from fish may have joint health benefits (12,13). These studies found that a daily intake of 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids rich in EPA and DHA may protect joint health, reduce morning stiffness, and increase grip strength and comfort.
Isagenix IsaOmega™ contains over 1 gram of total omega-3 fatty acids, including 0.6 grams of EPA and 0.48 grams of DHA, to support and promote optimal joint health.
Boswellia serrata is a tree native to India and Africa that has been used in Ayurveda and traditional medicine since biblical times. The Boswellia tree might be more familiar as the source of frankincense essential oil, prized for its aromatic qualities. Constituents of the Boswellia tree’s gum resin, such as boswellic acids, have also been studied for their health benefits (14). Several studies have found that boswellic acids may support healthy joint function (14,15).
Isagenix IsaGenesis supplies a daily dose of Boswellia serrata to support youthful aging at the cellular level.
- Porfirio E, Fanaro G. Collagen supplementation as a complementary therapy for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Rev Bras Geriatr Gerontol. 2016; 19(1): 153-164
- Elam ML, Johnson SA, Hooshmand S, et al. A calcium-collagen chelate dietary supplement attenuates bone loss in postmenopausal women with osteopenia: a randomised controlled trial. J Med Food. 2015 Mar;18(3):324-31.
- Zdzieblik D, Oesser S, Gollhofer A, e tal. Improvement of activity-related knee joint discomfort following supplementation of specific collagen peptides. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2017 Jun;42(6):588-595.
- Kelley DS, Rasooly R, Jacob RA, et al. Consumption of bing sweet cherries lowers circulating concentrations of inflammation markers in healthy men and women. J Nutr. 2006 Apr;136(4):981-6.
- Jacob RA, Spinozzi GM, Simon VA, et al. Consumption of cherries lowers plasma urate in healthy women. J Nutr. 2003 Jun;133(6):1826-9.
- Bowtell JL, Sumners DP, Dyer A, et al. Montmorency cherry juice reduces muscle damage caused by intensive strength exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Aug;43(8):1544-51.
- Connolly DA, McHugh MP, Padilla-Zakour OI, et al. Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage. Br J Sports Med. 2006 Aug;40(8):679-83; discussion 683. Epub 2006 Jun 21.
- Du C, Collins S, Kwon YH, et al. Impacts of Tart Cherry Juice on Joint Flexibility and Pain in Individuals with Self-Reported Knee Osteoarthritis (P01-030-19). Curr. Dev. Nutr. 2019 June 13;3(1).
- Mobasheri A, Henrotin Y, Biesalski HK, et al. Scientific evidence and rationale for the development of curcumin and resveratrol as nutraceutricals for joint health. Int J Mol Sci. 2012;13(4):4202-32.
- McFarlin BK, Venable AS, Henning AL, et al. Reduced inflammatory and muscle damage biomarkers following oral supplementation with bioavailable curcumin. BBA Clin. 2016 Feb 18;5:72-8.
- Browning LM, Walker CG, Mander AP, et al. Compared with daily, weekly n-3 PUFA intake affects the incorporation of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid into platelets and mononuclear cells in humans. J Nutr. 2014 May;144(5):667-72.
- Calder PC. Session 3: Joint Nutrition Society and Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute Symposium on ‘Nutrition and autoimmune disease’ PUFA, inflammatory processes and rheumatoid arthritis. Proc Nutr Soc. 2008 Nov;67(4):409-18.
- Calder PC. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Mar;75(3):645-62.
- Kimmatkar N, Thawani V, Hingorani L, et al. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee–a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial. Phytomedicine. 2003 Jan;10(1):3-7.
- Siddiqui MZ. Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: an overview. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May;73(3):255-61.