PANEL DISCUSSION ON BONE & JOINT CARE
The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. People are living longer, but that does not necessarily mean that they are living healthier. The increase in our aging population presents many opportunities and also several public health challenges that we need to prepare for. The structure of bone changes and this results in loss of bone tissue, joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible. Exercise can prevent many age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints – and reverse these changes as well. Nutrition has a fundamental role as well to play in supporting healthy bones and joints at all life stages. In the next few pages, keyplayers in the dietary supplements field have been invited to enter into details of the joint health solutions available for multiple markets, including glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, collagen, omega-3. The effects of environmental factors and of the Mediterranean type diet are taken also into consideration.
Effects of environmental factors, omega-3 fatty acids and Mediterranean type diet on arthritis
Senior Research & Development Nutritionist
A diet based primarily on nutrient-rich plants foods, high in omega 3 and low in processed foods is ideal for overall health and wellbeing. These are the principles of the Mediterranean diet, which is often suggested to have disease fighting abilities. Research confirms following such a diet can benefit joint health and aid weight management. Avoiding carrying excess weight is essential for joint health since it prevents the joints being put under additional pressure.
Ample research on a link between omega 3 and joint health is well established. It is recommended that to fully benefit from omega 3 intake, arachidonic acid (AA) intake should be restricted, s ...