How to End Joint Pain — for Good!
Can you imagine what your life would be like without joint pain? If throbbing, aching joints never made you think twice about doing the activities you used to enjoy? Imagine being able to play 18 holes of golf effortlessly or sit through a movie without getting stiff. How about being able to get out of bed in the morning without feeling those creaks and pops, ready to take on the day?
Many people seem to accept as fate that they will become less active as they get older. They unwittingly believe that it’s normal to be plagued by stiffness, soreness and pain as you age. Well, I’m here to tell you that this false belief can cause you to suffer unnecessarily. There’s a simple, natural joint pain remedy that your doctor doesn’t know about, and its effects are safe, permanent and actually increase over time, instead of wearing off!
Staying Active Is the Fountain of Youth
Here’s a simple truth to remember. Nothing does more for your quality of life and longevity than staying active as you age. Unfortunately, however, most people really slow down as they age, as a result of believing that aches and pains are a NORMAL part of the aging process, and quite simply, bad advice from their doctors. Despite what your doctor might tell you, there’s an underlying cause for joint pain that may have nothing to do with your age (more on that later). But first, it’s important to understand that the conventional pharmaceutical approach to joint pain is basically just a Band-Aid fix.
Don’t Let Big Pharma Take Away Your Best Years
The current medical mentality on pain management has spurred a multibillion-dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, studies show that long-term use of seemingly “harmless” over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen, can actually weaken your joints over time, and prescription pain pills have a well-established track record of causing serious damage and even death. You may recall the tragedy that unfolded with the FDA-approved painkiller Vioxx, which claimed as many as 55,000 lives (and possibly up to 100,000) before the FDA banned it. It makes me wonder, is the next Vioxx lurking out there?
I’m on a mission to let people know that they have a choice when it comes to managing joint pain. Despite what your doctor might say, you don’t have to stop exercising and take painkilling medications just to maintain an acceptable quality of life as you get older. And any way you slice it, taking painkillers long-term, even over-the-counter ones like ibuprofen, is NOT safe.
Myth: Exercise Makes Joint Pain Worse
If you’re suffering from any kind of joint pain, the commonly held belief is that additional “wear and tear” will make it worse. But the problem with this idea is that it doesn’t take into account the body’s inherent ability to repair damage, and that physical activity actually stimulates this repair. The fact is, inactivity is known to weaken muscles and decrease joint flexibility.
Yet, strangely, if you go to your doctor complaining of joint pain, you’ll probably be told to “rest up.” The truth is that low impact exercise, such as walking or biking, is highly beneficial to your joints because it increases circulation, which in turn enhances your body’s natural ability heal joint tissue and protect it from further damage. Studies have confirmed that not only does moderate exercise not damage joints, it may actually make them stronger![3,4]
But what if the pain is too great to consider being active? Keep reading, as I’ll reveal how you can safely begin to heal your joints so that you can start exercising slowly.
Myth: Painkillers Are a Safe, Long-Term Solution for Pain
At their doctor’s suggestion, many people take over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen day after day, under the assumption that it’s perfectly safe to do so. You can blame this at least in part on those fancy pharmaceutical ads that make it seem like this pills are side effect free. But this is far from the truth. What those ads won’t tell you, and what your doctor may not know, is that these pills have serious negative health consequences when taken for long periods of time. For example, astounding new research shows that the long term use of ibuprofen may actually damage your joints over time, since one way it reduces pain is by suppressing the natural healing process. The pills also have other serious side effects include liver and kidney damage, stomach bleeding, ulcers and increased heart attack and stroke risk.
Myth: Natural Products Don’t Work
Here’s a funny thing about doctors. Recent surveys show that the majority of them take supplements on a daily basis, but many balk at the notion of recommending them to their patients. But when it comes to managing joint pain, the fact is that thousands of scientific studies prove that natural products do work — often times better than prescription drugs.
Isn’t it a doctor’s responsibility to recommend the most effective and safest solution? Let me remind you that properly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs are thought to kill approximately 100,000 people each year. Guess how many people have been killed as a result of taking dietary supplements in the last several years? ZERO. For this reason, I contend that any doctor who fails to recommend natural joint health products, at least as an option to more dangerous over-the-counter or prescription pills, is committing a form of malpractice. After all, doctors take an oath in which they vow to heal — not write prescriptions.
Is Your Joint Supplement Out-of-Date?
The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has become the most widely used natural remedy for joint pain — and for a good reason. Hundreds of studies have shown that it’s safe, helps to protect and rebuild cartilage and is effective in some degree for a large portion of joint pain sufferers. That being said, the research on joint health has taken major steps forward since glucosamine-chondroitin was first popularized in the 80s.
One of the major discoveries in recent years is that supplementing with hyaluronic acid (also known as HA) can revitalize synovial fluid, a thick gel-like substance that surrounds cartilage, acting as a lubricant and shock absorber. Nowadays, a number of popular joint support formulas contain some combination of glucosamine, chondroitin and HA. However, while important, these three ingredients don’t address what many leading experts now believe to be the root cause of 90% of joint pain problems.
Most Supplements Fail to Address This Critical Issue
Temporary inflammation is a normal part of your body’s natural healing process. But when it lingers, the health consequences can be dire. Unfortunately, as a combined result of exposure to toxins, consumption of processed foods and other factors, many people unknowingly suffer from “invisible” low-grade inflammation. It is now thought that this is one of the leading causes of joint pain and discomfort throughout your body.
The problem with most joint support supplements is that their ingredients are designed to only focus on the joints themselves and don’t have any ingredients that fight the inflammation that is causing the pain. If you don’t address the larger system-wide issue, then you’re only fixing a small part of a larger problem. That’s why the very best joint support supplements out there are packed with natural inflammation fighters. It’s simply the very best way to ensure both immediate and long lasting relief for your entire body, not just specific areas.
5 Inflammation-Fighters Missing from Most Supplements
Fascinating new research shows that there are a number of powerful but perfectly safe herbs that work amazingly well at beating back inflammation and healing your whole body with amazing effectiveness. These herbs have been used in traditional medicine around the world for thousands of years. But it’s not just anecdotes and folklore. Breakthrough scientific studies are proving that these ancient remedies can be safer and more effective than the toxic potions conjured up by modern medicine.
I’ve read thousands of studies on various inflammation-fighting herbs and have experimented with dozens of them myself over the years. There are many good ones out there, so where do you start?
I’ll make it easy for you. The five herbal inflammation-fighters have consistently stood out from all the rest are boswellia, curcumin, ginger, tart cherry and bromelain. Let me explain why.
The Ancient Herbal Solution to Joint Pain
Hundreds of years ago in India, when people complained of aching joints and muscles, Ayurvedic healers prescribed an extract made from the unique bark of the Boswellia tree. Today, we know much more about this ancient herbal remedy and the compound, called Boswellia serrata, has been proven to be a powerful inflammation fighter capable of providing both fast relief and long lasting. In a landmark gold-standard study conducted at UC Davis, boswellia was shown to ease knee pain and stiffness within just seven days. And in a breakthrough study just completed last year, researchers found that boswellia inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules, which helps to prevent the breakdown of cartilage!
The Amazing Healing Spices of Life
The great land of India has gifted us with a few powerful all-around inflammation fighters. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry spice turmeric, has been proven to inhibit the synthesis of inflammatory substances throughout the body, decreasing pain and stiffness while at the same time enhancing immunity and even protecting the brain against cognitive decline. Ginger is another powerful spice that has many of the same benefits as curcumin and demonstrates remarkable anti-inflammatory properties.[12,13] In my experience, curcumin and ginger synergistically work together as a dynamic duo fighting back inflammation with ease and providing fast acting pain relief.
Pineapples and Cherries: Fruits That Fight Inflammation
A pineapple and cherry-studded upside-down cake may be a far cry from a joint health solution, but interestingly though, pineapple has been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation. It turns out that an enzyme found in pineapples called bromelain does, in fact, have scientifically proven medicinal benefits. Studies have shown that bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, healing time and pain.[14,15]
Similarly, cherries also contain unique antioxidant compounds that specifically target muscle tissue, making cherry extract an important component of any joint healing strategy. According to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, cherry extract may be a safer way to address muscle pain and inflammation than over-the-counter pain relievers.
The Sulfur Solution to Inflammation
In addition to my top five herbal inflammation-fighters, many people (myself included) have had incredible success using a natural form of sulfur, called MSM, to beat back inflammation and increase joint flexibility. Sulfur is critical to the health of your joints, yet most of us are actually deficient in because it’s become largely removed in our food supply due to soil depletion. MSM works to soothe joints by making cartilage cells pliable, which ensures that harmful substances flow out and nutrients flow in which speeds up the regeneration of the cartilage that cushions your joints. In fact, a recent gold-standard clinical trial, showed without a doubt that MSM provided significant reductions in knee pain and back pain.
The Joint Health Solution I Personally Recommend
I’ve had my share of joint pain, have gone through several knee surgeries and understand what’s it’s like to feel like your mobility is limited. But those days are behind me since I’ve been using nature’s proven ingredients to both heal and protect me. The joint support supplement that I take myself (and helped to develop) is called Osteo XTS™. I firmly believe that it’s the best and most effective joint support supplement on the market.
What makes Osteo XTS shine is that it’s the only joint support supplement in the world that contains JointGuard™, a powerful proprietary blend of the five most effective herbs for combating inflammation. Osteo XTS also contains a powerful dose of MSM, another proven inflammation fighter. An ample dose of hyaluronic acid has been added to add extra lubrication and cushioning for your joints. And finally, to make sure all bases are covered, Osteo XTS also contains a clinical dose of glucosamine and chondroitin, since the proven effectiveness of this combination’s joint support properties are without question.
I invite you to do your own research to make sure I’m not just shamelessly promoting my own product. But if you suffer from persistent aches and pains, and are tired of just popping pills to Band-Aid the situation, then I sincerely think you’ll find relief with this “all in one” solution. And right now, you can get Osteo XTS for as low as $18.49 per bottle, and it ships to you for free and is tax-free.
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.
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Article updated on: June 17th, 2012