Bones and Joints Center
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Healthy bones and joints enable us to move about freely and without discomfort. Our skeletal system is constructed of hundreds of movable parts connected by ligaments and tendons, lubricated and cushioned by cartilage. It requires constant maintenance. The bones undergo a continuous mineralization process involving magnesium, calcium, fluoride and boron moving into and out of the bone matrix, regulated by various hormones. Bone thinning occurs when this mineral flow is out of balance. Cartilage and ligaments require constant lubrication, repair, and maintenance. Wear and tear eventually takes its toll as many people suffer from lack of mobility and pain associated with worn out joints and brittle bones associated with aging, injury, and disease. A healthy lifestyle which involves regular exercise and a nutritious diet goes far in getting the most “mileage” out of our skeletal system.
In addition to proper diet and regular exercise, additional daily intake of several key nutrients can help to further insure healthy bone and joint function. Dietary supplementation helps provide valuable insurance against the detrimental effects of aging, disease, and injury. Calcium is without a doubt one of the most crucial nutrients. The chances of age related “thinning of the bones” can be dramatically reduced by taking a daily calcium supplement. Vitamin D, boron, and magnesium are also extremely important to bone mineralization. Menopausal women should consider hormone replacement therapy as well. Nutrients such as glucosamine provide the necessary building blocks needed for cartilage repair and maintenance. Essential fatty acids, particularly gamma linoleic acid, play a key role in joint lubrication as well as in the regulation of the body’s inflammatory process. Many of these very important nutrients should be supplemented as part of a comprehensive program designed to optimize skeletal system function.
- Regular load bearing exercise
- Balanced diet emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables
- Avoid tobacco, caffeine, and soft drinks
- Reduce exposure to environmental toxins
- Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
- Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements - all are important, especially calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, silicon, strontium, zinc, boron, vitamins B-6, C, D, E, & K, folic acid, pantothenic acid, calcium, potassium
- Herbs and Phytonutrients - ipriflavone, glucosamine, soy, chondroitin, cartilage, bioflavonoids, bromelain
- Glandulars - adrenal, pituitary
- Amino Acids - cysteine, methionine, glutamine
- Essential Fatty Acids - omega-3 and omega-6
- Antioxidants - grape seed extract, selenium, lipoic acid
These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements. For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.
||Calcium & Magnesium Plus $23.50
This bone support formula provides the highest quality calcium and magnesium with vitamin D and boron added to “maximize” calcium retention in the bone. Our pharmacists recommend this as the best calcium supplement for men and women
||Glucosamine & Chondroitin Plus $64.00
Replacing and rebuilding bone cartilage is important for healthy joint function. Replenishing the body's building blocks for new cartilage formation is crucial. Glucosamine and chondroitin are two naturally occurring substances in the body that are vital to the formation of cartilage. Glucosamine is a key building block to making cartilage, and chondroitin is a major constituent of cartilage. Utilizing only the highest quality glucosamine available, our glucosamine formula contains additional nutrients important for joint function such as bromelain, vitamin C, and manganese which are essential for building cartilage.
||Omega Max $18.50
Adequate intake of “healthy oils” or omega fatty acids are crucial to joint lubrication, muscle and ligament flexibility, and cartilage elasticity. Fresh, high potency essential fatty acid supplements containing flax, borage, and fish oils can further promote peak joint and muscle performance. Omega Max is a high quality fatty acid supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 oils from fresh, cold pressed borage, organic flax seed, and deep-sea fish oils. This formula provides the healthy oils (“good fats”) scientifically proven to be nutritious to our body as opposed to harmful fats so common in our diet.
||Essentials Performance $36.00
High quality, well designed vitamin and mineral supplements combined with key nutrients such as calcium and magnesium can be very helpful in maintaining healthy bones, joints, and muscles. Our Essentials Performance Formula is a scientifically designed multi-vitamin and mineral formula which contains optimal levels of the most important nutrients the body needs to perform at peak levels.
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