Top 4 Supplements for Joint Support
Top 4 Supplements for Joint & Bone Support
Whether you're an athlete aiming to protect your joints from the punishment of your training regime, or you suffer from joint pain already, then read on to discover our top 4 recommended supplements to ease joint & bone stress.
It's important to keep your joints flexible and lubricated... say hello to Omega 3. Omega 3 is the top of the list when it comes to joint pain and anti-inflammatory properties.
As early as the 19th Century, mothers often spoon fed children Cod-Liver Oil. Their reasons were based on word-of-mouth folk medicine, but they were on to something early.
Omega 3 Fish Oil is now scientifically proven to help with the normal functioning and healing of joints all over the body. In fact, one study shows that Omega-3 fish oil supplements appear to be a safer alternative to NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen for treatment of neck or back pain. (1)
Not only is Fish oil a spectacularly effective supplement, but it’s natural healing and pain-killing qualities provide no harmful side effects. This is unlike widely used pharmaceutical NSAID’s you can find in supermarkets which are known to have potential side effects for those who are: over the age of 65, pregnant or breastfeeding, have asthma or are taking other medication simultaneously, according to the NHS.
"There's a difference between common Cod Liver Oil and Fish Oil."
Cod-Liver oil has now been largely replaced by Fish Oil - it's much higher in Omega 3, the most important ingredient in the many beneficial qualities of this supplement. Extra caution should be taken with cod liver oil as it contains high levels of vitamin A. High intake of vitamin A in the diet can be toxic. For this reason, take omega-3 supplements from fish oil rather than fish liver oil. This is why fish oil is recommended for treating Arthritis & Joint care in general across the population, as a high dosage (2.7 grams a day) is recommended by Studies (2) to unlock the full potential for relieving symptoms of even serious Rheumatoid Arthritis.
These doses can be taken efficiently and economically as liquid fish oil, but we recommend capsules for ease of use and to avoid those strong fishy tastes!
What is Vegan Omega 3 6 9 (Ahiflower®)?
If you're vegan or vegetarian your joints don't have to suffer either! You can get the same benefits as our omega-3 with our zero animal substance omega 3 6 9!
Ahiflower® oil is extracted from the Buglossoides arvensis seed. This is a naturally wild plant that is now a cultivated agricultural crop. Ahiflower® is a plant-based, 100% sustainably sourced omega 3, 6 and 9, grown in the UK. All Ahiflower products can be traced back to the field where the plant was grown.
What makes Ahiflower® Omega 3 6 9 different?
Compared to other plant sources of omega fatty acids
Ahiflower® is rich in the omega 3 fatty acid Stearidonic acid (SDA). Most other plant sources of omegas are required to convert ALA to SDA, which requires the enzyme detla-6-desaturase and is a rate limiting process. SDA bypasses this step and is more efficiently converted into EPA in the body. Ahiflower® also provides Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is absent in flaxseed oil.
Compared to marine sources of omega fatty acids
Ahiflower® does not contain EPA or DHA, which are the main omega 3’s found in fish, krill and algal oils. It contains ALA and SDA at high levels in addition to the omega 6, GLA. For those who took fish oil for Omega 3 and Evening primrose oil for Omega 6 GLA, you can find both present in each capsule.
Ahiflower® provides all your essential daily omegas from one plant. It is an unrivaled omega source. Ahiflower oil contains more and healthier omegas than any other natural plant or seed oil, delivering the benefits associated with fish oil, evening primrose oil, olive and flaxseed oil.
It also has no negative impact on our oceans, which is ideal given the current concern regarding over-fishing, depletion of fish stocks and the impact on marine ecosystems. The plant/crops also provide a habitat for bees, butterflies and other insects, promoting desirable biodiversity.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a traditional Indian herb/spice that has been famous for centuries. Its popularity was established from its uses in curries but also as a herbal medicine in Ayurvedic treatments.
Turmeric’s active ingredient is called Curcumin, is considered the most beneficial and active ingredient of the herb. Curcumin is renowned for its presumed anti-inflammatory properties alongside other health beliefs. Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects (4). Its unique yellow colour derives from curcuminoids within curcumin.
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. That's why Peak Supps Turmeric Capsules have added Bioperine® (black pepper). Studies show that adding black pepper to Turmeric increases its bioavailability and absorption by up to 2000%.
"Glucosamine plays a vital part in building & rebuilding cartilage"
Glucosamine is the second most popular supplement sold in the UK after Omega 3 Fish Oil, and many swear by its joint pain easing qualities.
Glucosamine, especially Glucosamine Sulphate, is found naturally in the body's joint cartilage, helping to keep joints healthy and well lubricated. Glucosamine plays a vital part in building cartilage, which functions as padding for bones where they meet joints.
Glucosamine is believed to help slow deterioration of cartilage, relieve arthritis joint pain, and improve joint mobility. Those already suffering from Arthritis may need additional medical advice and attention, but studies show it is likely effective for relieving the symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Knees in particular. (3)
"Studies show Glucosamine is likely effective for relieving the symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Knees"
Sometimes a combined effort is necessary to combat joint pain...
That's why we've introduced
A selectively chosen combination of supplements all in one to aid the strengthening of joints and bones, whilst relieving the fatigue that can come with joint issues. This is essential for athletes who constantly push the limits of their bodies, including bodybuilders, power-lifters and endurance athletes.
The following benefits have been approved and supported by EU research bodies:
1) Calcium and magnesium contribute to normal muscle function and the maintenance of normal bones & teeth.
2) Calcium and magnesium contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
3) Magnesium contributes to normal protein synthesis and electrolyte balance.
4) Magnesium contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
5) Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
6) Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function.
7) Vitamin K contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
That's a lot of health benefits in one supplement!
1) Maroon, J., & Bost, J. (2006). ω-3 Fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain. Surgical Neurology, 65(4), 326-331. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2005.10.023
2) Cleland, L., James, M., & Proudman, S. (2006). Arthritis Research & Therapy, 8(1), 202. doi: 10.1186/ar1876
3) Runhaar, J., & van Middelkoop, M. (2016). The role of diet and exercise and of glucosamine sulfate in the prevention of knee osteoarthritis: Further results from the PRevention of knee Osteoarthritis in Overweight Females (PROOF) study. Seminars In Arthritis And Rheumatism, 45(4), S42-S48. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2015.11.001
4) Julie S Jurenka (2009 Jun;14) Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research