Remember the good old days when you could spring up those stairs two at a time?
Now you’re holding onto the bannister so tightly, you’re practically leaving fingernail marks in the wood.
Let’s face it — the old knees just aren’t what they used to be.
If you’re tired of the powerful, addictive pain pills… the compression wraps… and those freezing-cold ice packs… it turns out the secret to true joint relief may be easier than you ever imagined.
Because the missing link for pain-free joints may be a simple vitamin you can get dirt cheap — or even for free.
Researchers tracked more than 400 middle-aged and elderly volunteers for four years, measuring their levels of vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (a key hormone the metabolizes vitamin D).
It turns out that patients with the lowest vitamin D levels more than doubled their risk of developing a painful, life-altering, degenerative joint disease like osteoarthritis.
But could something as simple as vitamin D — the so-called “Sunshine Vitamin” — really be that important for keeping your joints healthy and moving smoothly and pain free?
You bet it can. Let me explain.
We tend to associate vitamin D with strong bones, because we know it helps our bodies absorb calcium and other nutrients. But the cartilage that cushions our knees — and the synovial fluid that lubricates our joints — depend on many of these same nutrients that vitamin D helps deliver.
In fact, researchers have found that patients with the lowest levels of vitamin D had cartilage that was in the worst shape.
Vitamin D doesn’t just help keep our bones and joints stocked with calcium and other nutrients they need. It also helps fight inflammation, which can cause stiffness and discomfort in your joints.
The best thing about vitamin D is it’s free. Step outside on a clear day for twenty or thirty minutes, and the sun will provide all the D you need. If that’s not an option — of if you live somewhere without a lot of sun — you can pick up some D supplements just about anywhere.
Keeping your body well supplied with vitamin D could have you skipping up those stairs again in no time.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Low vitamin D linked to osteoarthritis in knee, agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov