Do joints wear with age?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Have you ever wondered what’s happening to your joints as you age? It’s fairly common for Kiwis to notice their joints starting to complain as they get older – especially if they’ve played a lot of sports in their younger years.

Understanding how your joints work can help you to figure out how to help keep them healthy, comfortable, and above all, mobile.

Why do older joints sometimes need extra support?

A “joint” is any place in your body where two or more bones meet, and movement happens when one of the bones moves relative to the other. To protect bone surfaces and keep them from grating together during this movement, the ends of each bone are covered with a layer of tough, springy tissue called cartilage.

Over time, activity and lifestyle factors can wear away at this cartilage, gradually it making thinner and more brittle. When you’re younger, your body can usually produce all the compounds (like glucosamine and chondroitin) that it needs to naturally rebuild and repair this cartilage. As you get older, however, your body starts finding it harder to keep up with all the wear and tear.

How joint support supplements often work?

Most natural joint support formulas focus on nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin that simply top up your body’s own internal stores. This then supports your body’s ability to naturally maintain healthy cartilage.

Research has shown that these ingredients can be effective over time, but that it often takes between six and eight weeks for people to notice any effects from daily use. Additionally, the chondroitin in many joint formulas is sourced from shellfish, which makes it unsuitable for those with seafood allergies.

Introducing NEM® for faster support from 10 days*

NEM® (natural eggshell membrane) offers a different way to support your joints. It’s a next-generation ingredient that starts working faster than glucosamine or chondroitin – often from ten days*. Because NEM® is sourced from eggshell membrane, it is also perfect for people who can’t tolerate seafood.

NEM® contains four key types of joint-supporting nutrients:

  • Natural glycosaminoglycans and chondroitin: nutritional building blocks from which your body can create healthy cartilage
  • Hyaluronic acid: a key component of joint fluid that helps make movement easy and comfortable
  • Collagen: an essential component of all connective tissue, including joint cartilage.

In New Zealand, NEM® is only available within Nutra-Life Joint Care Advanced, which provides powerful, fast-acting joint support in an easy-to-swallow, one-a-day capsule. Ask your local Health 2000 professional whether Nutra-Life Joint Care Advanced could help maintain your joint health.

*Individual results may vary. NEM® is a registered trademark of ESM Technologies, LLC. Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Vitaco Health (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

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