Niggles holding you back?: expert advice from Solgar

Is joint discomfort holding you back? You’re not alone. Solgar can help you choose the right supplements for natural health

Healthy bones and joints - expert advice from solgar

The Men’s Running Big Marathon Challenge is on – and our team couldn’t do it without the help of the supplements experts at Solgar.

As well as providing plenty of high quality supplements, Solgar’s Nutrition and Education Director, Paul Chamberlain, has been busy helping our BMC runners to get race-day ready – providing expert advice on nutrition and natural health.

We don’t want anyone to miss out though. Here’s some top tips from Solgar to help you maintain healthy bones and joints…

Your body is designed to move, but with time you will begin to feel the effects of movement. Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, or someone that takes part in occasional resistance training or sports activities, the use of specific nutritional supplements may have a positive impact on both training and recovery from exercise.

We all know the benefits of an active lifestyle, but taking part in sports activities such as running can often lead to stiffness and joint discomfort. The knee provides strength, flexibility and stability for comfortable workouts and general daily activities. However each year up to half of runners report injury (1), and the predominant site for injury in long distance runners is the knee (2).

  • Recent research suggests that supplementation with native type UC-II® collagen may help to increase knee joint flexibility, extend the amount of time you can exercise for and help you recover faster.
  • Boswellia is one of the oldest botanicals used in natural medicine due to its anti-inflammatory properties and research has found that specific extracts may help to provide improvements in parameters such as joint pain, stiffness and free movement in as little as seven days (3,4).
  • Other botanicals which may be helpful for joint discomfort include:
    – Turmeric root or Curcumin (the primary active agent in turmeric)
    – Ginger
    – White Willow
    – Cayenne Pepper
  • Taking part in sport or exercise activities can also place an additional demand on the body for nutrients increasing the requirements for magnesium, chromium and vitamins B2 and B6 (5,6).
  • Moderate to high intensity workouts can increase the production of stress hormones such as cortisol, increasing the body’s requirement for vitamin C which may be able to help lower cortisol levels (7).

With a complete range of products especially designed to support mobility and flexibility of joints and maintain healthy bones, Solgar will help to keep you enjoying an active lifestyle. Find the full range of Solgar products here.

1. Fields, K.B., et al. Prevention of running injuries. Curr Sports Med Rep, 2010. 9(3): p. 176-82. 2. van Gent, R.N., et al. Incidence and determinants of lower extremity running injuries in long distance runners: a systemic review. Br J Sports Med, 2007. 41(8): p. 469-80; discussion 480. 3. Vishal, A.A., A. Mishra, and S.P. Raychaudhuri, A double blind, randomised, placebo controlled clinical study evaluates the early efficacy of aflapin in subjects with osteoarthritis of knee. Int J Med Sci, 2011. 8(7): p. 615-22. 4. Sengupta, K., et al. Comparative efficacy and tolerability of 5-Loxin and Aflapin Against osteoarthritis of the knee: a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled clinical study. Int J Med Sci, 2010. 7(6): p. 366-77. 5. Woolf, K. and M.M. Manore, B-vitamins and exercise: does exercise alter requirements? Int J Sport Exerc Metab, 2006. 16(5): p. 453-84. 6. Lefavi, R.G., et al. Efficacy of chromium supplementation in athletes: emphasis on anabolism. Int J Sport Nutr, 1992. 2(2): p. 111-22. 7. Blake, S., Vitamins & Minerals Demystified. 2008: McGraw Hill. Food supplements should not be used instead of a varied balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Solgar® is a registered trademark. UC-II® is a registered trademark of InterHealth N.I.

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