A pain in the… (Part 1)

The best part of what I do is to hear back from clients who have less pain and more mobility. If you are in pain the first step should be a visit to your health practitioner for an accurate diagnosis.

Over the next few editions we will look at the most common causes of pain and the measures we can take to help. In all cases these measures are designed to help restore your body’s natural healing processes which can be greatly affected by disease.

Something is broken

By definition the presence of any ongoing health problem indicates that your healing systems are damaged or just not working properly. In some cases such as osteoarthritis it is very difficult for your body to repair. Instead it defaults to a protective mechanism by which your body sacrifices your comfort (read pain) to protect the ends of your bones.

For example when cartilage is largely lost your body reacts to protect the ends of your bones from degeneration. The cartilage that used to protect your bones has gone leaving the ends of your bones (that form the joint) at risk from damage. What happens is your bones grow spurs. While this may protect your bones it greatly increases pain.

Inflammation makes it worse

Most pain is either caused or worsened by tissue inflammation. For example in osteoarthritis the immune system response to cartilage loss is inflammation. This can cause fluid accumulation, swelling, loss of function and invariably pain.

An anti-inflammatory diet combined with well formulated supplements can help. My preference is to have equal amounts of chondroitin and glucosamine with a potent curcumin (turmeric) extract and solid doses of fish oils.
Of these chondroitin sulphate is the most important as it helps support several joint healing processes damaged by arthritis.  In most cases I start with 1600mg of chondroitin and glucosamine plus curcumin to help improve cartilage function. Chondroitin is so effective that it is now available in Europe on prescription. Click here for more information

Over the past 6 months I have been helping a man in his 70’s with long term knee osteoarthritis with some damage from his rugby years.  He was really struggling with pain and mobility and in his own words is now 95% better. All he has now is a few niggles.

The key is to use multiple measures that target the processes that help maintain healthy joints. The answer is not diet or supplements. The answer is to stimulate dormant healing processes overwhelmed by degenerative changes to joints. Your body does the rest. I have written an extensive Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Guide. Please contact me to receive an email copy.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at john@abundant.co.nz.

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2019

How can Bettaflex help?

Sore joints from osteoarthritis can result in pain and a loss of movement. BETTAFLEX has can help provide the glucosamine, chondroitin and turmeric extract needed to support joint health and joint flexibility.

BETTAFLEX is a special joint health formulation using well researched ingredients to support the Bodys natural joint repair processes. The power of BETTAFLEX comes from the synergy of well researched Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, and a potent 95% Curcumin (from turmeric)) extract.

Recent research suggests that Chondroitin sulphate is needed at levels of 800mg can help support many aspects of cartilage function. In particular, Chondroitin sulphate helps specialised cartilage cells called chondrocytes to funtion normnally. Diminished chondrocyte function is now believed to be a major factor in osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine is a pre-cursor for new cartilage formation while chondroitin is a natural component of cartilage. Turmeric extract can help support anti-inflammatory processes as inflammation of joint tissue is part of osteoarthritis.

Benefits of BETTAFLEX:

  • Assists the rebuilding of cartilage to aid joint function and general mobility
  • Helps to maintain healthy cartilage and joints
  • Can assist by promoting joint repair processes
  • Bettaflex is safe to use with conventional treatments to aid joint lubrication and mobility
  • Bettaflex can help support anti-inflammatory processes in affected joint tissue.

Caution: Should not be used by those taking some anti-coagulant (blood thinner) medication, especially warfarin, without advice from your health professional

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