What is a joint? A joint is the junction of two bones coming together and allow movement at that junction. There are a few different types of joints including ball and socket joints (i.e. your hips and shoulders), hinge joints (like your knee), and pivot joints (like your thumb). The ends of the bones are covered in cartilage to protect the bones from wear and tear with normal activities.
Some joints also contain a piece of cartilage between the bones, such as in your knee, which helps give a "cushion" with weight-bearing or movements. Breakdown of healthy cartilage and joint structures may occur with the aging process, but can also be due to other aspects such as trauma or sports.
Keeping your joints healthy will allow you to run, walk, jump, play sports, and do the other things you like to do. Supplements that help support one's joint health can be very important to help maintain one's joint health, mobility during physical activity, and normal aging processes, and may promote comfort during physical activity. Some supplements that may help relieve joint pain and support overall joint health include:
- SAMe Tumeric
- Fish Oil
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
- and more