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4 Ways to Support Joint Health*

Within the musculoskeletal system, the joints have a reputation for being hard workers. Their physiology is complicated, joining together bones and muscles, tendons and ligaments. They are shock absorbers, bearing the brunt of gravity, movement and life, day in and day out. But that's not to say they do all this with altruistic intentions. No, the joints keep score, hold grudges and, sometimes, throw a tantrum.

We might not consider that our actions and activities (or lack thereof) accumulate, but our joints sure do. Whether we spend our free time lounging on the couch or on our feet, they notice.

The joints prefer that the body often be in motion-regular physical activity is a way to keep them happy. When we move, synovial fluid is normally released from the cartilage into the joints to lubricate them, reduce friction and naturally absorb some of the shock.

Nutrition matters, too. Vitamins A, several of the Bs, C, D and E each plays a role in musculoskeletal health, as do the minerals calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus.

In addition, a well-balanced diet that supports a healthy body weight within a normal range for your frame can promote joint health. The more weight carried on the body, the more pressure is exerted on the joints. For example, each excess pound of body weight puts an additional four pounds of stress on the knee. Excess body weight also can both induce an increased forward tilt of the pelvis and curvature of the spine, particularly in the low back.

To promote healthy joint function and comfort, our Turmeric Supreme Joint combines Turmeric with other herbal extracts.* Quercetin supports a healthy inflammatory response in the joints, while Devil's Claw promotes joint comfort.* Black Pepper extract is included for increased absorption and bioavailability of curcumins, compounds found in Turmeric known to support a healthy inflammatory response.* The resin of the Boswellia tree is also included. Perhaps better known as Frankincense, Boswellia has been shown to work synergistically with the curcumins in Turmeric.*