What You Need to Know About Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide and Suggested Joint Pain Relief

What You Need to Know About Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide and Suggested Joint Pain Relief

An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. And although not all forms of arthritis are 100% preventable; there are ways to lower the risk factors for many of them. What if we told you about those ways, including a natural arthritis supplement that could even help alleviate everyday joint pain?

Ingredients to Know

Joint health and hyaluronic acid (HA) go hand in hand. When we turn thirty-five, our body’s natural hyaluronic acid production decreases. This means that one of our body’s most important ingredients for optimal health is less prevalent in the areas it’s needed most – the skin, joints, eyes and stomach.

MHB3® Hyaluronan is an eight-time patented liquid hyaluronic acid formula found in all Baxyl® products that has been scientifically proven to be bioavailable, absorbable, efficacious and safe. It confers greater and more consistent results than any other product on the market for both short- and long-term care, making it an ideal HA delivery system for the body.

The Science Behind Arthritis

Arthritis means acute or chronic inflammation of a joint. The inflammation is often accompanied by pain and structural changes and has diverse causes, such as infection, crystal deposition or injury. Joints are places where two bones meet like your elbow or knee.

Common symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints. You might also experience heat or decreased range of motion. There are many types of arthritis, and it impacts more than 54 million adults in the United States. Although signs primarily show up in older humans, young adults and younger can also develop symptoms.

In some types of arthritis other organs, such as your eyes, heart or skin, can also be affected, not solely your joints. If you have arthritis, ask your doctor to diagnose the type of arthritis you have so that you can get the proper treatment. Fortunately, current treatments allow most people with arthritis to lead active and productive lives.

Most Common Types of Arthritis

For the purpose of this educational article, we are going to focus on two primary types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is most common in older people. It is a degenerative joint disease, where the tissues in the joint break down over time. People with osteoarthritis usually have joint pain and after rest or inactivity, stiffness for a short period of time.

The most commonly affected joints include the:

  • Hands (ends of the fingers and at the base and ends of the thumbs)
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Lower back

 

How Osteoarthritis Progresses

Medical professionals are unsure how it develops. However, as osteoarthritis begins, it can damage all the areas of the joint, including the cartilage, tendons and ligaments, synovial fluid, bone and meniscus in the knee.

As the damage of soft tissues in the joint progresses, pain, swelling and loss of joint motion begins. When you have osteoarthritis, and by extension joint pain, you tend to be less active. This can lead to muscle weakness, which may cause more stress on the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape.

Furthermore, small bone growths, called osteophytes or bone spurs, may grow on the edges of the joint. The shape of the bone may also change. Bits of bone or cartilage can also break off and float inside the joint space.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune form of arthritis where the immune system attacks the healthy joint tissues. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease that mostly affects joints. RA occurs when the immune system, which normally helps protect your body from infection and disease, attacks its own tissues. The disease causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in joints.

If not effectively managed, RA can lead to long-term consequences and lasting side effects well beyond chronic pain and discomfort. Some of the potential lasting effects of rheumatoid arthritis include:

 

Reduced joint mobility

Stiffness and swelling associated with RA can lead to a decreased range of motion in affected joints. This limitation in mobility can impact one's ability to perform tasks that involve joint movement.

 Fatigue

Many individuals with RA experience persistent fatigue, which can be debilitating and affect daily functioning. Fatigue may result from both the inflammatory process and the overall impact of the disease on the body.

 

Systemic Complications

Rheumatoid arthritis is not limited to joints; it is a systemic disease that can affect various organs and systems in the body. Complications may include cardiovascular issues, respiratory problems and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

 

Cognitive Difficulties

Some studies suggest that people with RA may experience cognitive difficulties, including issues with memory and concentration. The exact reasons for these cognitive effects are not fully understood but may be related to the chronic inflammatory process.

 

Emotional & Psychological Stress

Less talked about is RA’s impact on your mental wellbeing. Living with a chronic condition like RA can take a toll on mental health. Depression and anxiety are common in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, and the emotional impact can persist even with successful management of the physical symptoms.

 

Treating RA

It's important to note that the severity and lasting effects of rheumatoid arthritis can vary widely among individuals. Early and effective management, including medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes, can help minimize the impact of RA and improve long-term outcomes.

Regular monitoring and collaboration with healthcare providers are crucial for managing the disease and addressing potential complications.

 

RA Risk Factors

The specific causes of RA are unknown, but some factors can increase the risk of developing this disease. Characteristics that increase risk:

  • Age: The chance of developing RA increases with age, and the onset of RA is highest among adults in their sixties.
  • Gender: Women are two to three times more likely to develop RA than men.
  • Smoking: Multiple studies show that people who smoke increase their risk of developing RA.
  • History of successful pregnancy: Women who have never given birth could have a greater risk of developing RA.
  • Early Life Exposures: One study found that children whose mothers smoked doubled their risk of developing RA in adulthood. Adults whose parents had a lower income are also at increased risk of developing RA.
  • Obesity: Studies found that the more overweight a person was, the higher his or her risk of developing RA becomes.

Other Common Forms of Arthritis

There are many other types of arthritis. For the sake of knowledge, here is a short description of them.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis causes inflammation in the joints and ligaments of the spine. If you have ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation in the spine can cause stiffness. In severe cases, this may cause the vertebrae to fuse together. When the vertebrae fuse, it can lead to a rigid and inflexible spine.

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs as flares, typically in your big toe or a lower limb. Gout occurs when high levels of urate build up in your body over a period of time, which then forms needle-shaped crystals in and around the joint. This leads to inflammation and arthritis. When the body makes too much urate, or removes too little, urate levels build up in the body. However, many people with high levels of serum urate will not develop gout.

Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of chronic arthritis that affects children. JIA refers to several different chronic disorders involving inflammation of joints (arthritis). The various forms of JIA have different characteristics, like the pattern of joints involved and inflammation of other body parts in addition to the joints. JIA may be brief, such as a few months or years. However, in some cases it is a lifelong disease that requires treatment into adulthood. While the exact causes of JIA are unknown, it begins when the immune system becomes overactive and creates inflammation.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can occur in people who have psoriasis (scaly red and white skin patches). It affects the skin, joints and areas where tissues attach to bone. It is a progressive inflammatory condition of the joints and the places where tendons and ligaments attach to bones. It happens when the immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes overactive and creates inflammation. Most people who develop psoriatic arthritis already have psoriasis when they are diagnosed, but a small fraction have joint pain before the skin rash. It can be challenging to diagnose since symptoms appear differently. Early diagnosis and treatment lead to a more positive outcome.

Reactive Arthritis

Reactive arthritis is caused by an infection in your body. It is caused by a bacterial infection in the digestive or urinary tract or the genitals, but arthritis symptoms typically do not set in until after you have recovered from the infection. Inflammation of the joints, eyes and urinary tract are signs of reactive arthritis. Not everyone gets all three, or they might not occur at the same time. Symptoms often clear up on their own within a few weeks or months, although some symptoms last long-term.

Ways to Prevent Arthritis and Joint Pain

There is no cure for arthritis. However, there are several ways to prevent the onset of arthritis.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Extra pounds put pressure on weight-bearing joints like hips and knees. Each pound you gain adds nearly four pounds of stress on your knees. Additionally, each pound puts six times the pressure on your hips.

  1. Monitor your BP

High blood sugar can stiffen the tissue that supports your joints, making them more sensitive to stress.

  1. Exercise

Just 30 minutes of exercise five times a week helps joints stay limber and strengthens the muscles that support your knees and hips. Focus on low-impact exercises like walking, cycling or swimming. It is important to get periods of exercise during the day, too, like stretching if you have a desk or other sedentary job. Gentle stretches improve your range of motion and keep your joints limber.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking puts stress on tissues that protect your joints and can lead to arthritis pain. We realize it is no easy task to kick addiction habits, so talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation plan that is right for you.

  1. Incorporate Omega-3s into your Diet

Eat fish high in Omega-3s, like salmon, trout and mackerel twice a week. Omega-3s have many health benefits, including reducing inflammation. If you are vegan or just not a fan of seafood, there are other sources of Omega-3s. Nuts like walnuts, flaxseed and chia seed are a good source. Soybean and canola oil or eggs are also nutrient-rich in Omega-3s.

Protect your Joints with MHB3®

Another way to help prevent joint pain and the potential for arthritis is with an arthritis supplement with a leading, oral hyaluronic acid, MHB3. Baxyl® with MHB3 Hyaluronan is the most researched and proven joint relief supplement on the market.

MHB3 Hyaluronan improves the molecular weight range of circulating hyaluronan by increasing the high molecular weight portion (anti-inflammatory) and decreasing the low molecularweight portion (pro-inflammatory) (Turley 2008).

Further research strongly demonstrate the effectiveness of the oral administration of MHB3 Hyaluronan in protecting healthy cartilage and bone, and the prevention of osteophytes.

 

SUMMARY

Baxyl Joint delivers patented and proven ingredients to support & promote joint and bone health. Its proprietary ingredient - MHB3 Hyaluronan - is a natural hyaluronic acid (HA) bioidentical to the HA naturally produced by the body. It is unique to other hyaluronic acid supplements on the market due to its oral liquid formulation which allows for quick absorption and maximum efficacy.

Baxyl is Easy-to-Use

For the first week, just take two pumps daily. After that, just one pump daily helps alleviate joints, improve joint mobility and flexibility, support a healthy immune response, naturally restore joint tissues and cartilage, support healthy bone formation and promote tissue hydration.

Baxyl products are trusted by chiropractors, physical therapists and doctors as an at-home health supplement for long-term joint support. Taken twice daily, patients begin noticing an improvement of joint health in only weeks!

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Baxyl Supports Your Physical Wellness...

 

Baxyl supplements are scientifically proven and backed by research. Unlike other supplements on the market, Baxyl’s unique liquid formulation allows for quick absorption and maximum efficacy. In addition to including ingredients proven to support joint health, Baxyl supplements also promote bone, skin and eye health. All Baxyl supplements are formulated with MHB3 Hyaluronan.

 

Are you Ready to Start your Arthritis Prevention?

If you answered yes, we would be glad to help! You can learn more about Baxyl Joint with MHB3 or one of the other Baxyl formulas by visiting our site.

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