No fixed monetary value could ever fully appraise the value of healthy, unfettered human mobility. And at the core of healthy mobility are strong, functional, well-lubricated joint structures. This, sadly, is not the reality known to a fair majority of aging adults. As we age, a lifetime of shock and impact unsuspectingly takes its toll on the cartilage that cushions us. Factor in poor nutrition, insufficient stretching, and poor exercise habits, and the situation becomes even more complicated. Flexibility becomes limited, discomforts grow more recognizable, and the simple task of getting from point A to B becomes an ever-increasing challenge.
Hope, however, is not lost. There are a number of chondro-protective agents and nutrients available that have been shown to provide joint structures with the vital components needed for the support of healthy, normalized mobility. “Glucosamine and Chondroitin are among the most significant, as they work by providing the raw material necessary to produce and maintain new cartilage, respectively.” Other chondro-protective nutrients and herbs, including Cetyl Myristoleate, MSM, Boswellin®, Celadrin®, and Hyaluronic Acid, work synergistically with glucosamine and chondroitin to further support normal joint function.*
The key element in human joints is articular cartilage, the shock-absorbing tissue that connects two bones together. Articular cartilage is comprised of two different molecules, collagen and proteoglycans, with the remainder composed primarily of water (65-85%). Collagen, a protein that binds tissue together, provides elasticity. Proteoglycans, composed of sugars and protein, absorb water, which provides lubrication and resiliency, nature’s shock absorber for your joints. Both compounds are produced by chondrocytes, caretaker cells responsible for the formation and maintenance of cartilage.
A deficiency in any one of the above constituents will increase the likelihood of wear and tear on articular cartilage, which can eventually lead to compromised joint function.