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Whether you are looking to protect your joints or have already started to suffer symtpoms of arthritis or joint deterioration, our range of lifestyle tips, dietary changes and supplements can help you improve joint health and mobility.
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Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers
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Exercises For Arthritis Sufferers

Despite how tempting it may be to rest stiff, aching joints, it is important for arthritis sufferers to maintain regular exercise. In addition to helping reduce inflammation and stabilising joints, the right arthritis exercise program has a huge range of other benefits. These exercises for arthritis can also increases energy, help maintain bone / muscle mass and boost heart & brain health. Believe it or not, the below exercises for arthritis can also help fight the ageing process. With exercise offering so many benefits, we’d be mad to let arthritis stop us from doing it. (NOTE: if your arthritic pain is truly too severe to allow exercise, it is critical that you contact your health professional for assistance). Let’s take a look at some of the ‘joint-friendly’ exercise options available to arthritis sufferers:  
  1. Swimming

Swimming is a great low-impact option that gives your entire body a workout. With your joints suspended in water, the pain associated with other stop-start exercises like tennis or high-impact exercises like running is hugely reduced. In addition to being a great whole-body exercise, swimming is an excellent way to unwind. Try swimming once or twice a week, but be sure to compliment it with some weight bearing exercises like walking to help maintain bone health.  
  1. Cycling

Like swimming, cycling is low impact, meaning less pressure is placed on your joints. A great lower body and cardio workout, you can choose between getting out on the road and getting some fresh air or saddling up on the exercise bike at your local gym.  
  1. Light resistance / weight training

Warning: resistance training for arthritis sufferers should be approached with caution. Poor technique or pushing yourself to lift heavy weights can cause damage to arthritic joints. However, if done correctly, you can build muscle and the strength of joints. This results in greater joint stability and can help arthritic symptoms. If you are interested in starting weight training for arthritis, we recommend you contact a professional fitness trainer.  
  1. Walking

Walking is another low impact exercise that gives significant benefit to arthritis sufferers. Find a walking buddy to keep you motivated, and try to find different routes to walk to keep things interesting. Keeping the pace up will help ensure you raise your blood pressure to get the blood pumping. Aim for 30-45 minutes 4 times a week, and keep the pace sufficient that you are puffing slightly.  
  1. Pilates

Pilates is a great way to relax whilst strengthening muscles that support and stabilise your joints. It consists of a range of stretches, poses and exercises that focus on getting your body moving in unison. It can also increase your flexibility, which can also help reduce arthritic pain. Many community centres offer pilates classes for free or a small fee because it has such wide-ranging benefits. If you are interested in trying pilates, ask your local doctor, community centre or gym. ------ Do you suffer from arthritis? Let us know your favourite way to exercise in the comments section below. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on dealing with arthritis, visit www.health365.com.au.
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Glucosamine For Arthritis
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Glucosamine For Arthritis

Glucosamine is perhaps the single most commonly used supplement when treating patients with arthritis. If you are suffering arthritis, it is critical to understand the role of glucosamine in joint health. Glucosamine can be of benefit to you if you are suffering sore joints, have early arthritis symptoms or are simply a very active person who wants to protect active, aching or potentially injured joints.  

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a nutrient required for the production of cartilage. Why is cartilage critical for joint health? Well, without cartilage (the soft, spongy tissue that acts as a shock absorber in our joints) our bones would rub against one another and be terribly painful. Cartilage is important because it stops serious joint wear and permanent joint injury.  

How do I get Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is actually a sugar that is naturally produced by our bodies. However, as we age, our body produces less of it.  As such, we may need to take a glucosamine supplement in order to keep our glucosamine levels topped up. The recommended daily dose of glucosamine is 1500mg. Whilst you can get glucosamine from food, it is found in the shells of crustacenas and offal - both foods that are not particularly friendly to the palate. This is why we recommend glucosamine supplements like Nature's Way 1500mg Glucosamine if you are interested in increasing your glucosamine levels.  

What are glucosamine’s side effects?

There are some side effects of glucosamine that - although rare - you should be aware of. These include increased blood-pressure, rapid heart rate and heart palpitations. However, these side effects are actually quite rare in otherwise healthy individuals. More common side-effects include drowsiness and temporary gas / indigestion / diarrhoea. If you are on blood thinning medication or have concerns about your heart health, see your health professional before trying glucosamine supplements.  

A Final Note

It is worth noting that glucosamine does not necessarily work for all people suffering arthritis or joint pain. Like many supplements, taking our 1500mg glucosamine tablet each day is just one way to keep your nutrient levels topped up to give your body an edge in fighting degenerative disease. Taking glucosamine is not a complete cure for arthritis, but research does show it is one of a small handful of ways to effectively protect your joints and slow down degenerative joint conditions like arthritis. ------- This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on http://health365.com.au/articles/joint-health/what-is-glucosamine, visit www.health365.com.au.
Training tips to avoid joint damage.
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Nature's Way Activated Curcumin 30s
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Curcumin is the active compound found in traditional Turmeric spice and is super rich in antioxidants and contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties! Help support your joint, digestive, liver and general health naturally with Nature's Way Activated Curcumin.
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Best Ingredients for Joint Supplements
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Best Ingredients for Joint Supplements

  1. Glucosamine – 1500mg/day

Glucosamine is a critical building block of cartilage. Cartilage covers and protects the ends of the bones, allowing bones to move smoothly against each other and acting as a shock  absorber. When cartilage is reduced or damaged, bone damage and joint pain can arise. Try our Glucosamine 1500mg tablets.  
  1. Chondroitin (1,000mg/day)

Like glucosamine, chondroitin stimulates cartilage production. It may also support blood circulation to joints, which may in turn increase flow of antioxidants and glucosamine to sore, swollen joints. You can find chondroitin in our Glucosamine + Chondroitin.  
  1. Krill Oil (1,000mg/day or more)

Krill Oil has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory that relieves joint pain in several human studies. Further, animal research on mice shows that Krill Oil may be far superior to fish oil at providing arthritis relief – it provided relief faster and to a larger proportion of mice (after 3 months, only 15% of mice still showed arthritic symptoms verus 43% of mice treated with fish oil). Similar (anecdotal) results have been observed in humans, although the exact extent to which krill is superior to fish oil for osteoarthritis in humans still requires further research.  
  1. Curcumin (900mg/day)

A turmeric extract that inhibits the secretion of collagenase, hyaluronidase, and elastase, all pro-inflammatory enzymes that are linked to the breakdown of cartilage that characterizes osteoarthritis. This can lead to an overall reduction in joint inflammation – reducing inflammation is an important way to reduce joint pain and increase joint mobility. You can find Curcumin in our Osteo Flex product.  
  1. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

There are clinical study findings that suggest that taking MSM orally can help modest reduction in  some arthritic symptoms, reduce pain and increase mobility. You can find MSM (plus glucosamine and chondriotin) in Joint Restore Triple Action.   ----- If you are suffering from joint pain or arthritis, your first course of action should be to visit your health professional. Whilst supplements can prove effective at reduction of arthritis pain and symptoms, a more cohesive plan that includes exercise, diet and lifestyle modifications will provide the greatest results. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on dealing with arthritis, visit www.health365.com.au.  
Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil

The benefits of krill oil are becoming increasingly well documented, but not all krill oils are the same in the Australian market. The krill oil market has changed considerably since 2011, and quality ranges from top quality products like our Krill Oil range to a large number of low-quality products in the market. It is important to ensure you are getting quality for money and not settling for an inferior product when you buy Krill Oil. Look for these three features to help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your krill oil.  
  1. Molecular distillation
The best quality krill oil will have undergone molecular distillation. Molecular distillation is a purification process that removes the final trace elements, toxins and heavy metals from krill oil before it is put in capsules, packed and shipped out to stores and consumers. Molecular distillation adds to the cost of the production process. Krill Oil that hasn’t undergone molecular distillation may result in a greater level of toxins and heavy metals in your krill oil. This can, in turn, damage health and cause disease in the medium to long term. All of Nature’s Way’s Krill products undergo molecular distillation for maximum purity.  
  1. Sustainable harvesting
Oceans are being overfished. It is important that both companies and consumers alike make changes to our behaviours in order to ensure our oceans’ health for generations to come. Nature’s Way are continually moving our products towards sustainable harvesting practices, and all Nature’s Way Calamari Oil and Krill Oil products are all sustainably harvested. Our Krill and Calamari Oil products have Friend of The Sea certification to prove it.  The same cannot be said for some 'no-name' krill oil brands found in bargain stores or bought over the internet.  
  1. Omega-3 content
The main reason you take krill oil is to increase omega-3 intake. However, it is astonishing (and sometimes worrying) the variation in omega-3 levels found in different krill oil brands. Some krill oils are simply more potent than others, and contain far more omega-3. Going for a cheaper krill oil can often be a false economy, as cheaper products may have lower omega-3 content so you need to take more capsules to get the same omega-3 boost. Look for a krill oil with 300mg or more of combined DHA + EPA per capsule (the two most common types of omega-3 needed by your body). When shopping for a krill oil, compare the backs of pack for the brands you are considering to ensure your cheaper option is not delivering a lower level of omega-3. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on picking the right omega-3 supplement for you, visit www.health365.com.au.  
5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3
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Extra Strength Krill Oil 30s
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Ideal for those who are concerned with / may experience: - Symptoms of mild osteoarthritis - Heart and Cardiovascular health