Amazing facts that help keep joints healthy
Cartilage is up to eight times more slippery than ice
Cartilage is the superhero when it comes to joints. Up to eight times more slippery than ice and with the ability to soak up and push out water as easily as a sponge, cartilage has evolved perfectly for joints. People that suffer with osteoarthritis experience a loss in cartilage which leads to joints becoming less lubricated and cushioned. The best way to prevent this is to strengthen the muscles around the joint to relieve the load the joint is carrying.
Everyone will experience joint pain, eventually
The more active you are, the more likely you’ll experience joint pain. Even if you do not lead an active life, old age will let you know your joints are weary.
However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore joint pain as it could lead to arthritis or osteoarthritis. If you start feeling pain in your knees or wrists you should consult a specialist as soon as possible. A variety of factors such as age, genetics, weight and physical activity can cause joint wear and tear.
Fishing helps joint health
Certain foods can ease inflammation and can help relieve some of the joint pain which is associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis. Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which has shown to have strong anti-inflammatory effects. Taking omega oil supplements can also help.
We lose 30% of our body’s glue by the age of 40
Collagen contributes to 30% of all total human body protein and is an essential component of connective tissue. Once you reach 25 we lose 1.5% of our body’s store of collagen every year. This means we’ve lost 30% of it by the time we’re 40. Collagen is essential for your ligaments, tendons and joint health and is easily damaged by inflammation which can lead to wrinkles and rheumatoid arthritis. Collagen depletes as we get older, especially after the menopause in women. Replenishing your collagen levels with food and supplements can help build and repair connective tissue.
The Achilles tendon can withstand a load of 400kg
The Achilles tendon is the strongest in the body and also the largest tendon in your body. However it can become weak once you reach the age of 60 due to the blood supply to the Achilles tendon area decreasing. A rupture of the Achilles tendon is a signal you are putting excessive stresses on your body and is common with active people over 45. But by warming up and cooling down appropriately you can significantly reduce the risk of this traumatic injury.
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