Arthritis is a leading cause of health conditions worldwide, which causes joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and reduces mobility. It is one of the chronic problems which affects more than 180 million people in India. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disorder is more commonly observed in women and more prevalent with ageing. Other common joint conditions are gout and rheumatoid arthritis
Who are at risk?
- People who work on their feet for a long time, or whose jobs involve heavy labour are at higher risk of bone conditions
- Low sun exposure or vitamin D deficiency
- Less physical activity
- Obesity affects weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees
- Being of middle age, smoking and being a woman increases the risk of developing issues related to joint health
How to prevent it?
- Control your weight, which reduces the pressure on the body’s joints
- Exercise-Walking, swimming, strengthening
- Avoid injury-use proper safety equipment while playing sports
- Protect your joints by sitting, lifting, and working with the right techniques
- While picking up the object do not lift with your back instead of lift with knees and hips
- Don’t put too much strain on your wrists while carrying things
- Make sure your back, legs and arms are well supported, when you sit for a long time
Nutraceuticals for bone and joint health:
Nutraceuticals have been recently used worldwide to prevent and manage arthritis. It is commonly used as an adjunct therapy for the management of arthritis. Use of natural ingredients like fish oil, curcumin, collagen, krill oil, gamma-linolenic acid, olive oil, Boswellia serrata, ginger, rosehip, Nigella sativa, devils claw, methionine, and collagen in nutraceuticals are useful in bone and joint health.
Nutraceuticals help in improving joint health by reducing pain, stiffness and improves their mobility. It also acts as chondroprotective, which prevents the wear and tear of the cartilage.