As we age, our bones and joints are subjected to the normal daily wear and tear as well as occasional aches and pains from overdoing it. Never fear, you can take steps to support healthy bones through an active and healthy lifestyle. On top of meeting your daily nutrient needs with a variety of foods high in essential vitamins and minerals, you can prioritize your joint health with the help of dietary supplements, specifically a joint health supplement. †
In this guide, learn how a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise combined with a healthy weight and specific dietary supplements can provide your body with nutrients to support your health.†
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Wondering how you can naturally support your joint health? Aside from taking vitamins for supporting bones and joints, one of the best things you can do is to maintain a healthy weight. When an individual is overweight, there might be more stress on bones, ligaments, and tissue. Following a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help support your joints.
Be Proactive with a Daily Joint Supplement
SAM-e is a naturally occurring molecule made in the cells of our bodies. However, SAM-e levels can run low due to various factors such as diet and aging. SAM-e provides a source of sulfur, which is a critical component of joint tissue. Taking a proactive approach by supplementing daily with SAM-e may support joint health. Nature Made® SAM-e Complete®¨ 400 mg not only helps support joint comfort, but it also naturally‡ helps support a healthy mood and wellbeing. Sounds like it may be a positive addition to your daily regimen!†
In addition, Glucosamine and Chondroitin are two of the most common ingredients in joint supplements. These components are the natural building blocks for joint cartilage, the bodily structure essential for healthy joints. Glucosamine is a sugar-like substance produced by the body and found in many bodily tissues and structures, including in cartilage, which is the white, smooth, rubber-like padding that covers the ends of bones and prevents them from rubbing against each other as we move. Chondroitin is a naturally occurring ingredients found in the connective tissues, which helps support joint cushioning. In addition to Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a source of sulfur, another important component for joints.†
Nurish by Nature Made® Glucosamine Chondroitin provides 750 mg of Glucosamine, 400 mg of Chondroitin and 375 mg of MSM to support healthy joints per caplet. Taking a proactive approach by supplementing daily with Glucosamine and Chondroitin may support joint health ingredients.†
Nature Made® is the #1 pharmacist recommended vitamin and supplement brand.* Whichever joint support supplement you choose, be sure to make your joint supplement part of your daily regimen.
There are so many new workout routines promoted every day that it can be hard to know what's best for your body. You don't need to attend the swankiest sports club or buy the latest workout program to participate in simple exercises that can make a difference in your current and future health. Some exercises can even be done in the comfort of your own home. Exercise can improve mood and outlook, increase flexibility, get the heart pumping and improve blood flow, maintain weight, and promote general physical fitness. Walking, swimming, and water aerobics are a few popular types of exercise for people with joint stiffness. Weight-bearing or resistance exercises are also great strength training exercises that promote stronger muscles and support healthy bones. These exercises can be done using free weights or resistance bands, while standing or sitting, and while indoors or outdoors. Ask your doctor or physical therapist what exercises are right for you and get moving toward a healthier you!
‡Provides SAM-e which is produced and used by the body.
*Based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins & supplements.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Amy has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is a credentialed English teacher, though she left the classroom to write full time. She especially enjoys creating educational content about health, wellness, and nutrition. Her happy place is in the kitchen, and when not writing, you can find her trying out “kid-friendly recipes” and “healthy desserts for chocolate lovers” from her Pinterest board.
Lynn is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Communications team at Pharmavite. She has over 20 years of experience in integrative and functional nutrition and has given lectures to health professionals and consumers on nutrition, dietary supplements and related health issues. Lynn frequently conducts employee trainings on various nutrition topics in addition to educating retail partners on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Lynn has previous clinical dietitian expertise in both acute and long-term care, as well as nutrition counseling for weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition. Lynn earned a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a M.S. degree in Human Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and holds a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.