As we get older and aquire wear and tear, our joints can run into trouble. Old injuries play a part in this wear and tear, but so do the microscopic injuries that come from our own immune systems. In fact, for most people, our immune systems are the biggest villains.
The Problem With Inflammation
When the immune system produces inflammation, it activates enzymes called MMPs. MMPs specialize in tearing down your collagen and as such are a major player in the degradation of the cartilage in your joints.Not good. So what can you do? Find some great ways to maintain healthy inflammation levels.
The Joint Inflammation Checklist
- Curcumin is an extract of turmeric that has a broad anti-inflammatory influence on the body, and not coincidentally, reduces the activity of cartilage-destroying MMP’s. In a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, osteoarthritis sufferers had as much pain relief from curcumin as they did from ibuprofen.
- A special formulation of curcumin called Curamin has also shown promise for pain support. Curamin combines the potent BCM-95 curcumin extract with boswellia AKBA and DLPA. Boswellia attacks inflammation in different way than curcumin and DLPA inhibits the breakdown of endorphins, your body’s natural pain relievers.
- Kaprex is another great option for inflammation support. In a clinical study, a dose of Kaprex was found to reduce the activity of inflammation enzymes as well as Celebrex, but faster and for a longer period of time.
- Tart cherries have been shown to block the activity of pain-causing inflammatory enzymes and also reduce inflammatory pain in animals. Tart Cherry also activates the cannabinoid receptors in the body that naturally modulate pain.