Category Archives: Joint Health

#1 Tip to Pump up those Muscles

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 27, 2013

  • Are your muscles wasting away?
  • It’s not always the exercise that counts
  • More protein builds stronger muscles

Did you know that, by the time you hit your 30’s, you start losing muscle mass and strength?

It starts slowly. In the beginning it only amounts to about one or two percent of muscle mass each year. But that loss increases with age. And over time it can really add up. Continue reading

Better Bones In The Produce Aisle

By Bonnie Jenkins

You know, it just drives me crazy that doctors are so limited in their viewpoint of the nutrients needed to protect a woman’s bones. Calcium and vitamin D are often the only ones they recommend to their patients with osteopenia and osteoporosis. But, a new study has found that both calcium and vitamin D could be exponentially more effective by adding antioxidant-rich nutrients found in fruits and veggies.   Continue reading

Feeling Out Of Joint

David Blyweiss, M.D.

When I say “joint pain,” what comes to mind? For most people, it’s osteoarthritis. But there are a number of other conditions that can cause joint pain.  Known collectively as arthralgia, generalized joint pain also includes rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain due to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. Another reason your joints hurt may be bursitis—inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion and pad bony prominences that allow muscles and tendons to move freely over the bone. Continue reading

Bad To The Bone

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

I often get questions from postmenopausal women worried about their bone health. Often, they’ve seen other doctors who have prescribed drugs like Fosamax or Boniva in an effort to halt bone loss. But recent news reports have made many women with osteopenia and osteoporosis rethink their decision to take these drugs. Continue reading

The Secret to Real Joint Pain Relief

By Dr. David Blyweiss

Over the years, I’ve worked with many patients suffering with osteoarthritis (OA), and I hear the same story time and again. Doctor, I’ve been taking glucosamine and chondroitin, but they don’t seem to be helping!
I’m not surprised that these folks aren’t getting the relief they need. While a number of scientific studies suggest that these two compounds benefit joints, there are none that categorically answer the question of exactly how glucosamine or chondroitin work in the body. There is also no concrete evidence that either of these compounds can repair cartilage, boost levels of the synovial fluid (the gel the acts like a shock absorber in your joints) or provide nourishment to the tissues surrounding your joints. Continue reading

Curb Food Cravings With Tryptophan

By David Blyweiss, M.D.

Do you feel like taking a nap after that holiday dinner? If turkey is on the menu, you probably think it’s the cause. Turkey usually gets blamed for this phenomenon because it is rich in tryptophan, which the brain converts to the sleep-inducing hormone serotonin. But, it turns out that tryptophan’s serotonin-boosting properties can also help tame food cravings—especially for carbohydrates—both during the holidays and beyond. Continue reading

Sarcopenia, Muscle Loss, Bone Health

By Bonnie Jenkins, Advanced Natural Wellness

Along with graying hair, fading eyesight and wrinkles comes another universal sign of aging that doesn’t create the same level of angst – but it should. It’s called sarcopenia (sar-ko-PEENya), which is the loss of muscle mass, strength and function that’s entirely too common as we get older. Continue reading

Phytochemicals in Tea

By Bonnie Jenkins, Advanced Natural Wellness

A couple of weeks ago, I told you how drinking green tea can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer – and maybe these were benefits you already knew about. But here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know – tea can also keep your bones strong. Continue reading

Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial

By Bonnie Jenkins, Advanced Natural Wellness

Sometimes the urge to say I told you so is overwhelming, especially if it’s well deserved. That was pretty much the case recently when a new government study came to the stunning conclusion that glucosamine and chondroitin can provide significant pain relief for people with arthritis. Continue reading