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What are the best joint supplements?

When it comes to joint health, there are many things you can experiment with that may help.

Just be aware there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to maintaining healthy joints. Instead, it’s all about you and your specific needs.

  • Turmeric: Loved by the masses, you may have heard that turmeric can support the health of your joints - we would recommend pairing it with black pepper to help your body absorb it more efficiently.
  • Calcium: An adequate intake of calcium is necessary for the maintenance of normal bones. Too little calcium can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis. Our body cannot produce calcium on its own, instead we absorb it from the foods we consume.(1)
  • Vitamin D: This assists with the absorption of calcium which is why you will often find supplements containing both Vitamin D and Calcium.(2)

From turmeric to calcium, read our guide to joint care supplements, for more information and product suggestions.

 

What are the main causes of joint pain?

While conditions like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis tend to appear with age, there are plenty of older people with strong joints and good mobility, and lots of younger people who may experience problems!

  • Being overweight places additional stress on our joints, particularly in areas like the knees and hips, which can contribute to joint pain. Regular physical activity helps to not only maintain a healthy weight but also keep joint flexibility and strength in tip-top condition, which may help reduce the risk of pain and stiffness. 
  • Poor posture and repetitive movements may strain joints over time and we can often see these behaviors in individuals who work from home, if you work from home and are struggling with back or neck pain, read more here.
  • Sufficient sleep is crucial for your body's overall recovery and repair processes. During deep sleep, the body releases growth hormone, which aids in tissue repair, including your joints. (3)

Read our article to find out 8 joint pain relief remedies for more advice.

 

Why do my joints crack?

“The medical term is crepitus,” explains Fiona Sweny. “It’s due to gas within the joint being released.” Basically, it’s usually the sound of bubbles popping inside you!

The synovial fluid surrounding the joints naturally produces some gas, including nitrogen. The cracking noise you’ll hear is the sound of a nitrogen bubble bursting. When the bubble’s burst, you won’t be able to “crack” the joint for a few minutes until the nitrogen gas naturally forms again.(4) 

It's important to remember that joint cracking isn't usually a cause for concern, but you should contact your GP or a healthcare professional if concerned, or if the clicking is accompanied by pain.

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