Few if any men or women over the age of 60 will be described as being ‘spry’, but you had better believe that there a few who still have plenty of flexibility and spring in their step. Most of them will have been committed to fitness and wellbeing practices like yoga for decades prior to their becoming a ‘senior’ citizen, but there will be a smaller number who can attribute their spryness to taking good supplements for preventing stiffness in seniors.
In truth, the best way to stay mobile in older age is to undertake those practices regularly AND take mobility supplements. You’ll be working all of the connective tissues of the joints you’ll need to stay limber and stiffen up less easily, and you’ll be providing your body with the nutrients that make this process occur much more effectively on that physiological process level.
Understanding the Workings of a Joint
3 things are required for a normal, healthy joint. First up is water to lubricate the joint and keep it sufficiently hydrated. Cartilage is primarily made up of water – anywhere from 65 to 80 percent – so hydration is of great importance when it comes to joint health.
Next, healthy joints also call for two additional substances. The first is proteoglycans to draw water into the joint and hold it there, and the other is collagen, a protein that keeps the proteoglycans in the right location within the joint.
Cartilage can deteriorate and lose its cushioning ability. This can occur due to physiological deficiencies, injury, or a genetic predisposition. When it comes to genetics, this often occurs because the individual has osteoarthritis, but there are several other conditions that can cause painful joints, however, and they include autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.
One other point that’s very worth mentioning is that eating foods from the nightshade family like tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes can cause joint pain in some people. If you feel this may be you, try eliminating them from your diet for 1 month and see if you experience positive changes.
So let’s take a look at some of the best vitamins and nutrients for maintaining mobility in older people.
Loose, Limber, and Loving Activities
The conventional – and often wholly insufficient approach – to treating joint stiffness and immobility is to take ibuprofen. Not only is it often significantly ineffective, but for many people it causes stomach pain. Another more intensive approach is to try injectable cortisone, but again it’s not a pleasant experience and the relief is usually quite temporary.
Quite often, the primary issue with stiff, achy joints is that your diet is no longer providing you with a sufficient supply of the specific dietary fats that provide necessary lubrication for the joints. If there was one easy step for any senior to take after reading this, it’s to incorporate a high-quality fish oil supplement into your dietary intake to provide you with DEA and EPA fats.
Glucosamine sulfate is a very effective natural mobility supplement for seniors, and in fact it’s almost the standard choice for this type of debilitating condition. It’s a primary building block for healthy cartilage and is directly effective for repairing damaged or degenerated cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate, a related substance, has been shown to increase joint mobility, repair cartilage, and lessen pain related to joint issues or arthritis. Glucosamine and chondroitin actually work especially well together, and are quite often packaged together in many of the joint repair supplements you can find at YesWellness.
Vitamin D can also be helpful in treating joint pain and stiffness, but generally speaking it is a result of an overall vitamin D deficiency in the body and not one that’s specifically localized in or around your joints. If this is suspected, have your physician test you for vitamin D deficiency
The last recommendation we’ll make for today are capsaicin topical creams. Capsaicin is a substance found in cayenne, gochu, habanero and other peppers. These creams serve to prevent nerve endings from transmitting pain signals. The relief is temporary, but you can repeat applications as needed and use them as often as you like.
If you’re one such individual who’s feeling far too debilitated physically and unable to participate in the activities you’d like to, stop by your local natural health and wellness store and speak with the staff about natural supplements that can help you be more mobile, flexible, and pain free.