If you've ever seen a diagram of the human body, you’ll know that it’s made up of (among other things) a complex network of bones, muscles, cartilage and joints.
Joints, especially, can be prone to deterioration in the form of flexibility. Whether it’s the result of a more sedentary lifestyle or the natural ageing process, maintaining joint flexibility is very important for your health and wellbeing.
Why is joint flexibility important?
Joints connect the moving parts of your body, and they are the points which allow greater flexibility and movement.
Each joint in your body consists of a cushion of cartilage, fluid and membranes supporting the bones which do not actually connect.
The natural process of ageing can take a toll on the the flexibility of these points in your body, which can lead to severe inflammation, pain, stiffness and other unpleasant effects.
As we grow older, muscles tend to lose size and strength, bones can become less dense and the amount of lubricating fluid around the joint area decreases. Cartilage also becomes thinner, so all of these factors can lead to stiffness in the joints and a loss of flexibility.
While regular exercise and physical activity is crucial in maintaining a healthy level of flexibility, you can also boost your joint movement with a few beneficial compounds, carbohydrates and other naturally-occurring substances.
Maintaining your joint flexibility
Glucosamine sulfate is one of the star ingredients in supplements for aiding joint flexibility, and with good reason.
This natural compound is normally found in healthy cartilage, and is made out of glucose and glutamine, an amino acid. Glucosamine is a key component in the production of glycosaminoglycan, which is essential for the formation and repair of body tissues such as cartilage.
Research carried out in medical trials has found that glucosamine sulfate can be particularly effective in treating osteoarthritis (especially in the knees). As the ageing process can slow down the body’s natural production of glucosamine, taking supplementary forms of the compound can be very beneficial to help repair any damage to cartilage in the joints.
Hyaluronic acid is another material that can boost joint flexibility. Also called hyaluronan or hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that also occurs naturally in the body in every bone and cartilage structure we have.
As a hydrophilic or water-loving molecule, hyaluronic acid binds easily with water and is vital in helping to lubricate joints, muscles and other moving parts of our body to aid in flexibility.
As the ageing process takes place, the fluid in our joints that helps to keep them moving smoothly decreases. Hyaluronic acid can boost the viscosity of this fluid and provide more cushioning or shock absorption for the delicate joints in the body.
The other star ingredient for maintaining joint flexibility is collagen. This protein is made up of several amino acids including glycine, proline, arginine and hydroxyproline.
Most importantly, collagen is naturally found in our bones, tendons and ligaments. In particular, ligaments are the essential connective tissues which hold the joints in the body together, so collagen plays a key role in flexibility in this area.
The body’s natural collagen production slows down as we age, which can lead to a loss of elasticity in tendons and ligaments. Marine collagen is sourced from the scales of fish and other species that can help in boosting your natural supply of this protein and in turn, the elasticity of ligaments in your joints.
New Zealand marine collagen is one of the best ways to source this protein, as the quality of our coastal waters ensures that the collagen extracted from its fish is safe.
Nutra-Life Joint Care Ultramove is an advanced joint formula that contains scientifically researched Glucosamine plus Hyaluronic acid and NZ Marine Collagen to help assist joint flexibility and support healthy cartilage. It is available for secure order from our online shop.
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