What is Joint Pain?
Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any part of the body where bones connect. Joint pain is a common complaint, and frequent causes include arthritis, gout, strains, and sprains. Common sites of joint pain include: knee, shoulder, hip, and wrist. In the absence of an injury, pain in one or more of your joints is often caused by inflammation or infection. Persistent pain that may occur after a viral infection requires a doctor's attention. Joint pain symptoms include
- Warmth in your joints
Managing Joint Pain with Natural Supplements
Pathway INFLAMMOVE contains comprehensive blend of herbs, enzymes, and antioxidant nutrients
that supports healthy joint mobility. Key ingredients include turmeric, ginger, white willow, boswellia, devil’s claw, papain, bromelain, resveratrol and grape seed extract. This formula is recommended for anyone experiencing either acute or chronic pain and inflammation.
Pathway JOINT HEALTH FORMULA is a superior formula for joint, bone, and connective tissue health. This unique formula provides an effective combination of synergistic nutrients supporting optimal structure and function of these tissues. It is an ideal formula both for building and maintaining strong joints and connective tissues, and supports their recovery from injury or degradation. Powerful ingredients include glucosamine, MSM, desiccated sea cucumber, k-Rutin, turmeric, grape seed extract, strontium, vitamin D, selenium, and bioperine for enhanced absorption.
Turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cardiovascular, brain, liver, and digestive protective capabilities. Studies support its use in a variety of inflammatory conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis, and post-surgery recover. Pathway TURMERIC extract contains Curcumin C3 Complex, a patented blend of curcuminoids that has been clinically studied.
Pathway PROLYT contains a synergistic blend of full strength enzymes naturally extracted from fruit-in addition to the bioflavonoids quercetin and grape seed pycnogenols. Together, these nutrients ensure proper protein digestion and a normal inflammatory response, blocking the enzyme that gives rise to histamine. This blend also helps to maintain strong connective tissue.
Studies show that EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, can provide pain relief and promote joint health as well as joint mobility and flexibility. Extensive research has documented the health benefits of EPA and DHA which include not only for joint mobility and inflammation support, but also benefit brain and cognitive function, eye health, pregnancy and lactation, skin and hair health, and promote healthy immune function.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common in adults and can cause numerous conditions including depression, immune dysfunction, joint pain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a variety of other health concerns.
If you’re at-risk for low vitamin D levels, sunlight is a natural remedy. Even 10-15 minutes a day of sun exposure (more time for individuals with darker skin tones) can help boost vitamin D levels and help with joint pain caused by arthritis.
Village Green encourages everyone to have their vitamin D level tested. Based on your level, we recommend taking a vitamin D supplement daily. Taking a vitamin D supplement is inexpensive and recommended by leading health organizations including the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and NIH (National Institute of Health). Dosage will depend on your age, and other variables such as weight, where you live, how much time you spend outdoors, and your unique biochemical needs.
Managing Joint Pain With Diet
Diet plays a critical role in regulating pain and is the foundation for good health. The foods you eat have the ability to trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals.
Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers.
A whole foods diet is a way of eating that promotes life-long health. Emphasize fresh, organic, raw and cooked vegetables, seasonal fruit, whole grains, high quality protein and fats, beans, and purified water. This will have many benefits besides decreasing inflammation including promoting healthy intestinal function, decreasing cellular damage, assisting hormonal balance, supporting the immune system and promoting healthy weight.
Holistic Support for Joint Pain
Village Green Apothecary offers a variety of natural solutions for alleviating your inflammation and joint pain improving your quality of life. Holistic support for joint pain includes:
- Diet & lifestyle recommendations
- Exercise tips
- Natural supplements
- Topical support
We’re here to help!
Schedule a consultation with one of Village Green’s naturopathic doctors or certified nutritionists for a personal assessment of how to naturally relieve joint pain. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our professionals will:
- Review your joint pain and health history
- Examine your diet and lifestyle habits
- Recommend specialized testing
- Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
- Answer any questions you may have
- Evaluate pain management options
- Create a customized plan that includes natural solutions, custom compounding, diet, and lifestyle recommendation
Contact a Village Green nutritionist to help you design the best diet plan for your needs by calling 800-869-9159.
Learn more about our nutrition counseling and wellness services.