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Making some small changes to your lifestyle as you age can help reduce your chance of certain age-related diseases and help keep you feeling - and looking - younger. Read on for more on how you can look after your health as you age.
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Glucosamine For Arthritis
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
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
, visit www.health365.com.au.
5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3
We all know omega-3s are good for your health. We also know the benefits of omega-3 range from protecting your heart, brain and eyes to supporting joint health and reducing inflammation. The definitive list of omega-3 benefits would certainly be a long one - there are tens of thousands of academic studies of the benefits of omega-3 intake. We take a look at some surprising, lesser known benefits of omega-3.
1. Omega-3 may help sleep
Recent research from Oxford University has produced a number of fascinating insights into the importance of a particular type of omega-3 and children's learning. In these studies, children with low levels of '
' (a specific type of omega-3) scored significantly worse on tests for memory, behaviour, concentration, reading and numeracy than children who had sufficient DHA levels. Furthermore, the researchers consequently noted that increasing DHA levels in the children with low DHA by using a DHA supplement helped them improve their performance and bridge the gap to their peers. Increasing DHA levels increased learning outcomes. What does this have to do with sleep? The Oxford team have recently expanded on their study. Their most recent results show that low DHA levels
can lead to poor sleep in children. Giving a DHA supplement to the children in the study with low DHA levels improved the quality of their sleep.
2. Omega-3 may support male fertility
A 2010 study published in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid concentrations in fertile and infertile men. Fertile men tended to have higher omega-3 levels than infertile men. Further research is required to consolidate and expand on these findings. However, the results from the study do echo the findings of several animal studies in rats and guppies - both animal studies showed a link between fertility and omega-3 levels.
3. Omega-3s may protect ageing brains
From the University of Maryland's
overview of omega-3 research
A number of studies show that reduced intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with increased risk of age related cognitive decline. Scientists believe the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is protective against age related cognitive decline."
4. Omega-3s may support stronger bones.
Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D may not be the only
nutrients for supporting strong bones
. Several studies have looked at the relationship between omega-3 intake and bone density. Whilst further research is required, there is preliminary evidence to suggest there may be a link between omega-3 levels and maintaining bone density over time.
5. Omega-3 may help menstrual pain
Preliminary research and anecdotal evidence suggests women who take fish oil during menstruation may experience a decline in menstrual pain.
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Training tips to avoid joint damage.
Whether you are already feeling the onset of sore / stiff joints, have early arthritis symptoms are are just trying to avoid joint pain as you age, there are some simple things you can do to protect your joints and limit further damage and inflammation during exercise.
Learn to lift
Whether it be in the gym, at the workplace or around the house, you need to learn how to lift heavy objects safely. Learning to lift heavy objects appropriately can not only save your back, but it can also save your joints. For heavy objects that are placed on the ground, squat down and lift with your legs rather than your back. If you feel strain or pressure in your knees or hips, stop and ask someone for help. When carrying heavy objects, hold them close to your body so your core takes the pressure rather than elbow and shoulder joints.
Suffering joint pain after prolonged use? Chances are you may be suffering a minor joint injury or an over-use injury. With injury, the fluids and cartilage that protect the joint can become damaged. This, in turn, can allow the bones to rub against each other and further injure the joint. If you have unexpected / sudden joint pain, try to limit use and see a health professional as soon as possible. Continuing to use an injured joint can make the injury worse and may cause permanent or more severe damage.
Stay trim, stay strong
Retaining a healthy body weight is important to protect your joints. Each kilogram you lose means up to 4 kilograms less pressure on your knees, hips and ankles as you walk... lose 12 kilograms and that’s nearly 50 kilos less pressure! Furthermore, focusing on maintaining strength through regular exercise or resistance training can help stabilise joints, meaning less wear and tear and lower chance of injury.
Go for low impact exercises
Exercise has so many critical benefits for our health, and it would be a shame to let sore joints or arthritis stop us from enjoying those benefits. However, exercise can often be damaging to joints: we have already mentioned that walking adds 4 kilograms of pressure per kilogram of body weight to our joints. Running adds an extra
of joint pressure per kilogram of body weight! The more pressure we place on a joint, the more wear and tear we get on the protective tissues in the joint. The more damage to the protective tissues, the greater the chance of permanent damage and arthritis. Low impact exercises like pilates or cycling can be more friendly for joints... see our article on
exercises for arthritis sufferers
for more ideas of low-impact exercises to help protect your joints.
Feed your joints
There are two nutrients that actually feed your joints and help your body grow and repair connective tissues in the joints.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
work well in tandem to actively feed your joints and promote cartilage health... cartilage is critical for protecting your joint and acting as a shock absorber. ------- This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on
dealing with arthritis
Causes of High Cholesterol
High cholesterol is quite often only discovered once a serious, related health problem is discovered. In order to stop high cholesterol levels before they lead to serious health problems, regular GP check-ups and knowing the leading causes of high cholesterol are the best ways to manage cholesterol risk. In this article, we outline some of the main causes of high cholesterol you need to be aware of. If you have serious concerns about cholesterol, you should contact your doctor promptly.
Causes of High Cholesterol
Diets high in saturated fats can cause cholesterol problems. This includes animal fats in meats like pork, veal, beef, milk, eggs, butter, most biscuits and crisps and many fried foods.
There is a well documented link between obesity and high cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy body weight can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level and reduces your risk of developing other cardiovascualr / heart conditions.
3. Physical Activity
People living sedentary lifestyles not only have a higher risk of cholesterol problems, but also a range of heart-related health problems.
4. Gender and Age
After age 20 (give or take a few years) cholesterol levels naturally begin to rise. In men, cholesterol levels tend to plateau around age 50. Women's cholesterol levels rise later in life, and often increase after menopause. Whilst you cannot control your gender or age, the above can help you be aware of which stage in your life you need to start paying more attention to cholesterol levels.
Some factors involved in heart disease and high cholesterol cannot be controlled. If there is a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, there may be a genetic pre-disposition to blame.
Add "Increased risk of cholesterol problems" to the long, long list of reasons why you should not be smoking. Smoking reduces good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of hundreds of other diseases including heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, stroke and arterial disease. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on
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