As you age, and as a result of injuries or the repetitive use of your joints in sports and certain professions, your joints begin to break down. Americans spend billions of dollars every year on treatments, medical appointments, and procedures to ease the pain of hurting joints.
Joints form when two bones meet. Most joints are movable, allowing you to perform some type of motion. An adult human body has five types of joints:
Ball and socket joints: such as your hips and shoulders
Pivot joints: like your neck
Hinge joints: such as your elbows, knees, and fingers
Ellipsoidal joints: like your wrists
Fixed joints: These don’t move, and include the suture joints in your skull
Inside your joints exists a complex system, designed to keep movement comfortable. This intricate cushioning system is made up of cartilage, synovial fluid, and a synovial membrane.
To protect your joints from damage or to help them heal from pain and swelling, you need to support your immune system in ways that relieve the irritation. You should also help protect your cartilage and other biomolecules. You see, after the age of 20 the collagen in your body begins to break down. And cartilage is made up from collagen. When you give your body enough antioxidants to prevent free radical damage, bioactive compounds that help fight inflammation, and components that help rebuild the natural components of your joints, then you begin to heal!