5 Effective Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Arthritis Before It’s Too Late

5 Effective Ways to reduce Your Risk of Arthritis

If you feel pain and inflammation in your joints, you may be one of six million Canadians (that’s one in five) suffering from arthritis. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Risk factors of developing arthritis include genetics, age, sex, obesity or previous injuries. The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to reduce this risk before it begins. Read on to discover five effective ways to reduce your risk of arthritis before it’s too late.

Stretch & Exercise to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Regular exercise and maintaining control over your weight are important steps toward reducing your risk of arthritis. This is because the extra weight you may be carrying around can put extra pressure on your hips, knees and joints. Each pound of weight you gain puts an additional four pounds of strain on your knees and six times the pressure on your hip joints. The added pressure on your joints causes the breakdown of cartilage.

Also important to note is that when you gain weight, the production of a protein called cytokine also increases. Cytokines are known for speeding up the breakdown of precious cartilage. These problematic proteins are linked to the inflammation seen in rheumatoid arthritis, causing organ and joint damage.

Daily low-impact exercises, such as swimming, cycling or walking, can help reduce your risk of arthritis. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of activity at least five times per week. This exercise will help strengthen the muscles attached to your joints, which act as support for your hips & knees. Gentle stretching is also a beneficial way to reduce your risk of arthritis. Stretching keeps you limber and increases your range of motion.

Avoid Injuries

Speaking of exercise, you should be careful not to overdo it. When you injure a joint, that joint is immediately at a higher risk of developing arthritis compared to a healthy joint. Take care when exercising or playing sports by protecting yourself with the right safety equipment. Overuse of joints can also create “wear and tear” process that contribute to the most common form of arthritis called osteoarthritis.

Quit Smoking

It’s common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health. But did you realize that smoking can increase your risk of rheumatoid arthritis? This is because smoking causes problems with breathing and your blood circulation, which can limit your ability to exercise and to have blood pumping through your joints properly, and therefore increases your risk of developing arthritis. Exercise helps maintain flexibility in your joints and strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

Tobacco smoke also causes your body to produce higher quantity of highly-damaging cytokines which, as mentioned before, can cause organ and joint damage.

Introduce Fish Into Your Diet

If you don’t eat fish (at least twice weekly), it’s a great way to introduce omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. According to Arthritis Society Canada, one of the many benefits of omega-3s is that they are You can find omega-3s in fatty fish such as anchovies, salmon, bluefin tuna, striped bass, whitefish, mackerel, black cod and herring.

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may also lower blood pressure and even slow down the buildup of plaque in your arteries, leading to a lower chance of heart attack or stroke.

Keep Your Blood Sugar In-Check

High blood sugar can lead to diabetes, which causes inflammation and joint pain in  multiple ways. Inflammation from diabetes leads to the deterioration of irreplaceable cartilage. If your diabetes is uncontrolled, it can seriously affect your skeleton & muscles leading to nerve damage, joint pain and arthritis. High blood sugar can also stiffen cartilage and make your joints more sensitive to stress & strain.                     

If you experience joint pain and inflammation, check out this arthritis risk factor assessment tool on the Arthritis Society Canada website to discover what type of arthritis you may be at risk of developing. As always, you should book an appointment with your doctor to discuss any health concerns you may have. Ask your doctor about anti-inflammatory supplements that may help your joint pain & inflammation.

How to Choose a Joint Health Supplement

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Along with diet and lifestyle, joint supplements can be a great way to boost your joint health and prevent discomfort.

Common reasons for taking joint supplements are to:

  • Support overall joint health
  • Ease joint stiffness
  • Prevent pain and swelling in joints such as the knee
  • Improve joint mobility

Read on to learn how these natural health products work in the body, plus what to look for when choosing a joint health supplement.

But First, How Do Our Joints Work?

Before we get into the supplements, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how our joints work.

The human body contains anywhere between 250 and 350 joints depending on life stage. Basically, a joint is where two or more bones meet to allow us to move and bear weight.

There are a variety of different joint types such as ball and socket (movement in all directions, such as hip and shoulder), hinge (one direction movement, like the knee and elbow), and others.

There are three major joint types in the body:

  1. Fibrous (limited movement)
  2. Cartilaginous (minimal movement)
  3. Synovial (freely moving)

We will focus on how age and deterioration can affect synovial joints, the most common joint in the body. First, let’s understand how the joint functions normally.

In synovial joints, each bone is covered with a thin layer of cartilage, allowing for smooth and cushioned movements. There is a small space between the two meeting bones known as the joint cavity that contains synovial fluid, which is lubrication for joint movement. Ligaments and tendons attach the bones and muscles.

How Joints Deteriorate with Age

A lifetime of movement and normal wear and tear can take a toll on your body, including your joints. The pain and stiffness that occurs in joints with age is known as arthritis, with the most common type being osteoarthritis.

Commonly affecting the knee, hips, feet, and hands, osteoarthritis involves the gradual breakdown and thinning of cartilage as well as the decreasing levels of joint-lubricating synovial fluid.

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Also, ligaments typically shorten and lose some flexibility over time, resulting in further joint stiffness.

Without synovial fluid and cartilage, the connecting bones will have a limited barrier and can start having direct contact. This usually causes pain, inflammation, discomfort and eventually a lack of flexibility. Think about how hard it is sometimes to bend down to grab something from the floor or simply bend your knee to do your laces.

Choosing a Joint Supplement

The good news is, joint supplementation can be added to your daily regimen to support joint health and pain, and/or to prevent pain from developing in the first place.

Alongside the typical pain relieving drugs like Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, there are dozens of natural supplements that aid in joint health. Many products aim to reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and build cartilage.

Let’s look at a few ingredients known for joint health support:

1. Glucosamine & Chondroitin (Builds Cartilage)

Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural components found widely in connective tissues in the body such as cartilage. When cartilage deteriorates over time, supplementing with synthetic glucosamine and/or chondroitin can help rebuild cartilage in joints.

2. Boswellia (Targets Inflammation)

This naturally occurring extract from the boswellia serrata tree improves levels of inflammation in the body. As a result, it can help reduce pain in individuals with arthritis. (Learn more about boswellia’s anti-inflammatory effects and traditional use  in our recent blog post.)

3. Turmeric (Analgesic/Targets Inflammation)

Deep yellow turmeric is a well-known ingredient that helps mitigate pain and can also help joints. In one study, participants taking turmeric supplements noted a significant pain improvement when consuming turmeric supplements.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Targets Inflammation)

Fish oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), two types of omega-3 fatty acids. The benefits of omega-3s are wide-ranging, but they are typically used as a daily supplement to improve heart and brain health and reduce bodily inflammation.  Omega-3s can help joint pain by reducing the inflammation that occurs when bones rub against each other.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Joint Health Supplement

Which joint supplement should you choose? It can be overwhelming, so here are a few questions to ask before deciding on a product:

  1. Is it Health Canada approved?

The first thing to know is that dietary supplements (known as natural health products in Canada) are regulated by the Canadian federal government. Only those that have been reviewed for safety, efficacy, and quality are issued a product licence to be sold. This applies to conventional retailers as well as online sellers such as manufacturers or through e-commerce platforms or websites like Amazon in Canada.

However, that doesn’t prevent poor-quality products from being sold online or in stores, especially in the U.S. where there is no pre-market approval. Be sure to check that the product is approved by looking for an 8-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. You can look up products on Health Canada’s Licensed NHP Database to check their approval status.

  1. Does it Have the Ingredients I Want?

First, know what your supplement is going to target. Are you looking to aid in cartilage rebuilding? Are you only targeting pain and inflammation? Look at the supplement ingredients and check if the product contains the ingredients with efficacy for those indications.

Don’t hesitate to ask a store clerk, online customer service, or medical professional for assistance when picking the right product for you.

  1. What is the Dosage?

Ask your doctor or other healthcare practitioner what dosage of ingredient to use and for what health indications.

There can be different percentages of active ingredients in natural supplementation, so check that you are purchasing and consuming the correct dose.

If we revisit the 4 recommended ingredients commonly used to treat joint issues, the following doses are typically recommended:

  • Glucosamine: 1500mg/day
  • Chondroitin: 400-800mg 2-3x/day
  • Boswellia: 100-222mg 3x/day
  • Fish Oil: 300-1000mg/day
  • Turmeric: 500mg 2-4x/day

(These are standard recommended dosages found in a variety of studies; however, these may not apply to everyone. Please discuss with a medical professional before adding a supplement to your daily routine).

  1. Is it An Appropriate Price?

Natural health products can range in price depending on purity, the number of tablets in a bottle, milligrams of active extract per pill, and so on.

If a product appears to be a very good deal compared to leading brands that pride themselves on quality and potency, you are likely not getting a premium product!

Where to Buy Joint Supplements

You can find joint supplements online or through retailers.Genuwell - Joint Health - Kondor Pharma

Shop Kondor Pharma’s Joint Health product GenuwellTM to provide joint support through the natural ingredient of Boswellia. It is:

  1. Health Canada approved – GenuwellTM (NPN: 80101121) has been approved to help relieve joint pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis of the knees
  2. Contains ingredients for joint pain and inflammation – contains standardized boswellia extract
  3. Supported by research Read the science behind boswellia for joint health

The Role of Inflammation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and How to Aid Recovery

In this post, we delve into the important topic of traumatic brain injury and inflammation, along with known strategies for helping with recovery.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The brain is an incredibly complex organ that acts as the command center to direct, interpret and influence our feelings, senses and movements. It also is our source of intelligence and storage of memories.

Inside its protective membranes and fluids as well as the skull’s hard case, this delicate organ is well protected. However, a violent blow to the head, neck, or upper body region can cause the brain to shift and bump against the walls of the skull that we call brain trauma or more commonly Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.

The incidence of TBIs is common in athletes, people over the age of 65, or individuals involved in high-risk professions (such as law enforcement and construction), but can happen to anyone.

Sometimes referred to as a concussion, TBIs are associated with a wide variety of symptoms and can affect brain function in many ways depending on the location and severity of the impact. A person with a mild TBI could experience symptoms for a few weeks to months, while individuals with a more severe TBI could experience repercussions for the rest of their life going from mild discomfort to major disability.

The short-term symptoms of a TBI include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Gait issues

These signs and symptoms can be subtle but should not be overlooked or forgotten. Symptoms could be immediate, appear over time, come and go or last for years. It is particularly important to get a proper physical and imaging check by a physician, family doctor or trauma specialist.

It is often very difficult for individuals to identify, recognize and monitor the symptoms associated with TBI. Prior to returning to common daily or sport activities, you need to get an appropriate medical attention.

TBI Diagnosis

It can be difficult to diagnose TBI, and there is no single way or clear set of criteria to do so. Every individual will present specific signs, symptoms and impairment. Common diagnosis techniques exist and include:

  • Medical neurological examinations
  • Cognitive testing
  • Imaging tests (i.e., MRI, CT scan)
  • Visual observations of symptoms
  • Self-report symptoms

If you or someone you know thinks they may have experienced a TBI, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Inflammation Process in the Brain Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

What does a TBI do to the brain, exactly? The impact has the potential to severely damage nerve cells of the brain, leading to chemical and cellular changes in the body. The injured brain experiences an undeniable inflammatory response, as do all areas of the body as its way of self-protection and repair following injury.

After a TBI, the body’s immune system and cells responds to the injury by producing and releasing small proteins called cytokines. These proteins aim to protect the brain and initiate a reparative process after injury.

However, if these proteins and other pro-inflammatory products continue to be produced longer than expected, these inflammatory molecules will begin to have a negative effect on overall brain health, healing, and can actually cause further damage.

Check out the graphic below that simplifies the process:

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TBI Recovery & Treatment

Early treatment of TBI is the best way to quickly recover and prevent further issues. For the majority of brain injuries, physical and cognitive rest is recommended and effective to alleviate or eradicate most symptoms. Remember to always listen to your doctor regarding treatment.

To achieve physical rest, it is recommended to avoid sports, vigorous movements, and general physical exertion until you are symptom-free. Once symptom-free at rest, you can likely return to your regular activities in a slow, stepwise fashion according to your doctor’s recommendations.

If at any point, an individual participates in activities that cause their symptoms to reappear, it is very important for them to return to an inactive state for the time being and go back to their doctor for further examination. Medical professionals will advise individuals when it is appropriate to return to their normal life and physical activity routines.

To achieve cognitive rest, limit activities that require thinking and mental concentration, such as reading, working, texting, and mental games. Physical and cognitive rest is often effective at reducing TBI symptoms after a period of days to weeks. However, in severe cases, pharmaceutical measures may be recommended. Again, speak to your doctor about options. It is also often recommended to limit or stop screen (TV, tablet, phone) exposure.

Current pharmacologic interventions consists of targeting and treating isolated TBI symptoms of TBI that an individual has; unfortunately, there has yet to be an option that addresses the totality of TBI-related events occurring in the body following injury.

There is also the option to introduce a natural intervention such as omega-3 fatty acids as a therapeutic strategy post-TBI, to reduce inflammation and protect the brain from the detrimental cascade of events following injury.

We recommend that you see a medical professional if you have experienced a brain injury. Do not start or stop any medication type (pharmaceutical or natural) without medical approval.

Your Doctor Recommended an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Now What?

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Why Has Your Doctor Recommended an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

If your doctor recommended an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s for good reason. We all have heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But have you really thought of how each piece of food you consume can truly affect your body, mind, and overall health?

There has been a lot of publicity how anti-inflammatory foods can change your body from the inside out. This diet involves eating nutrient-rich, whole foods validated by research to reduce overall inflammation in the body.

Nutritionists and medical professionals agree that we need to consume more of these foods for their anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits.

But First: What Exactly is Inflammation?

Before we can discuss how to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s helpful to know the basics about what we are targeting or trying to prevent in the first place.

Inflammation is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response. It is the immune response to an area of the body that is under attack or injured. In other words, inflammation is your body’s way of trying to protect itself.

For example, if you fall and scrape your knee, you can see inflammation presenting on the outside of the body in the form of redness, heat, swelling, and pain. This is how your body is attempting to protect and nourish a vulnerable area until it has healed. In this example, the concept of inflammation is easy to understand.

When inflammation occurs inside the body, however, it is typically in response to a foreign element being introduced that your immune system wants to get rid of. If this inflammation persists, the sense of purpose is to cause disease. Many major diseases that plague us including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and depression have all been linked to inflammation.

Although changing what you eat is not a magic cure for chronic illness, an anti-inflammatory diet may lessen the number and severity of ailments that you experience. It can also help delay or prevent serious chronic inflammation issues. A dietary change is an upgrade to make, which is easier with the right planning and preparation. The motivation is to feel as well as you possibly can and continue to do things you love doing!

Starting an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

There is no right or wrong way to begin an anti-inflammatory diet. At its most basic, this diet regimen is based on consuming meals with foods known to fight inflammation (such as healthy fats, fruits, and veggies) and cutting out foods shown to contribute to inflammation (mainly refined, processed and manufactured foods).

“One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but rather from the grocery store,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Here are examples of foods that fall under the anti-inflammatory category:

  • Leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts
  • Healthy fats such as fish
  • Whole grains
  • Olive oil
  • Spices such as turmeric and ginger

If your own doctor recommended an anti-inflammatory diet, a good place to start is to add these foods which will reduce inflammation in the body.

Alternatively, here are examples of inflammatory foods which tend to worsen inflammation within the body:

  • Fried foods such as fries and onion rings
  • Sodas and other sweetened beverages such as pops and juices
  • Processed meats such as hot dogs and chicken nuggets
  • Fast food such as takeout burgers and fries
  • Artificial colours and sweeteners

Though they may be delicious at times and in moderation, we recommend that you limit or remove these foods from your diet if you are looking to decrease inflammation.

Tips and Tricks to Keep Up with Your New Anti-Inflammatory Diet

1- Set Realistic Goals

Creating a new lifestyle and diet can be challenging, especially when you have an existing routine that you are used to in everyday life. Start by slowly making changes with your diet towards an anti-inflammatory profile so it is more of a lifestyle shift rather than a dreaded “diet” (which we all know is neither sustainable nor enjoyable).

When starting a new dietary approach, you cannot expect yourself to never indulge in an unhealthy snack ever again. You may slip up from time to time, and that’s ok! What is important is to understand that we are all human, and sometimes we need a good chocolate chip cookie now and again! Do your best to stick to your new goals, move slowly and don’t give up or feel guilty if you sometimes eat foods that are not good for keeping the inflammation at bay.

2- Don’t Buy Unhealthy (Just Keep it Out of the House!)

Have you ever gone into a room at work or during social gatherings where there is a box of donuts staring at you straight in the eye? It is much harder to avoid eating treats when they are readily available to you (such as at the office or home) compared to if you had to leave your house and get it. If you can use your willpower at the grocery store to avoid purchasing unhealthy foods, you won’t be tempted to eat those foods later on.

3- Understand That Weight Isn’t Everything

Try not to pressure yourself to lose weight too quickly after starting a new diet. Small changes are good because they are more likely to stay as is rather than big strides with “yo-yo” effects.  In addition, being thin and weighing less does not represent the level of health your body is experiencing.

Try to focus on how your body is feeling. Research has found that individuals that have realistic weight loss goals when starting a diet tend to be more successful compared to those that have greater weight loss expectations.

4- Meal Preparation

When you plan your meals ahead of time, it considers four things: your time, budget, personal goals and the required ingredients. Especially when you start, it is easier to make a list of items, ingredients and meals you would like to have and make to “stick with it”. If you do not have the right ingredients, you will be tempted to order or take out or go to restaurants to save time. You cannot control foods you don’t prepare. You can also consider preparing your meals in advance, so you only have to warm up or dress up the meal.

Meal prepping is budget friendly as you can buy your ingredients in bulk and only what you need to prepare your planned meals for the week. It may also encourage you to eat at home more often than out, saving you even more money in the long run.

Finally, meal prep allows you the time to consider your personal goals, such as eating an anti-inflammatory diet, and find recipes that coincide with those goals.

For more inspiration, check out the following recipes that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients to motivate you to try out an anti-inflammatory diet for yourself!

This recipe is from Eatingwell.com.

For the full recipe, visit: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/280316/garlic-butter-roasted-salmon-with-potatoes-asparagus/

 

This recipe is from Eatingwell.com.

For the full recipe, visit: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/277650/sweet-potato-kale-chicken-salad-with-peanut-dressing/

This recipe is from PinchofYum.com.

For the full recipe, visit: https://pinchofyum.com/green-curry

 

Six Tasty Foods That Reduce Inflammation

Foods That Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can have detrimental effects on your body, and this is especially true as you age. To live a long, healthy, and active life, it is important to manage inflammation issues and take the right steps to reduce them as much as possible. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to tackle those problems including good nutrition, regular exercise, and natural health supplements. In conjunction with Kondor Pharma’s Genuwell Joint Health, you can implement an anti-inflammatory diet plan that contains foods that reduce inflammation. It would improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Why Good Diet Habits Are Important for Your Joints

Your joints are some of the most vulnerable parts of your body. As you age, joints, bones, cartilage, connective tissues are victims of the wear and tear process of repeated use. You then get more prone to injury and irreversible damage. Orthopedic experts recommend patients with joint problems adopt a healthy diet and exercise to support the longevity of healthy joints. For older adults,  it is important to take action early and eat quality foods that help promote bone density, reinforce connective tissue and reduce inflammation to prevent injury and long-term damage. On top of inflammation, obesity or excess weight puts more stress and pressure on your joints and soft tissues.

Obesity might be due to hormonal or metabolism dysfunction or caused by dietary habits that are rich in carbs, sugary drinks, and processed foods. People who follow an unhealthy diet tend to produce higher levels of acid, which leads to inflammation. After several years of carrying extra weight, the additional pressure on a person’s hips, knees, and ankles is detrimental to keeping healthy joints. There is no miracle cure against arthritic joints but maintaining healthy eating habits helps fight inflammation and improve joint pain and other symptoms.

Does Aging Matter?

You may feel like you are too young to worry about the health of your joints, but it is never too early to start. You will have to rely on your joints for the rest of your life to stay active and keep doing what you love. The sooner you start taking care of them, the longer you will keep them mobile and in good condition. If you don’t take your joints seriously now, then you will likely encounter pain, discomfort, and limited mobility in the years to come. It could overall have a negative impact on your quality of life and wellbeing.

Foods That Reduce Inflammation and Help Your Joints

For a healthy mind and body, you should consider following healthy dietary habits and complement this with natural supplements. Genuwell™  provides the natural healing power of the Boswellia Serrata plant to decrease pain and support joint health. You can also take advantage of a quality anti-inflammatory diet. There are many diverse, rich and flavorful anti-inflammatory foods that would suit your tastes.

Leafy Greens

Doctors and medical professionals always recommend leafy green vegetables to their patients. Spinach, kale, cabbage, and other leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants and vitamins that can help your body manage inflammation. You can include these vegetables in salads and soups or can use them as ingredients in more complex dishes.

Antioxidant-Rich Berries and Fruits

Berries, oranges, and other citrus fruits are some of the easiest foods to include in an anti-inflammatory diet. You can eat them alone, add them to salads, or make smoothies with them. These tasty treats are sweet enough on their own, there is no need to add sugar. Extra sugar is not only bad for your waistline, but it can also promote inflammation. Many fruits also contain vitamins that will help you ward off common ailments.

Nuts

Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and other tree nuts contain vital fats that allow your body to heal and produce useful hormones. Many nuts and seeds contain Omega-3s that are beneficial to reduce inflammation in the connective tissues. When consuming nuts, make sure that you don’t add too much salt. Salt is bad for your heart and can exacerbate inflammation.

Fatty Fish

Tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish contain healthy fats including Omega-3s and protein to counteract inflammation as well as improve brain function and lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. You can eat them alone, put them in a Caprese salad, turn them into a sauce, eat them with eggs, and so much more. They are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, and other important micronutrients that improve your immune system while curbing inflammation. Consuming the skin is actually good to get the greatest benefits.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains the fats that your body needs to work properly and repair itself. Higher-quality and extra-virgin olive oils are less processed and contain fewer additives, so they are more beneficial for managing inflammation. You can use olive oil when cooking or making salad dressings.

Foods to Avoid

Red meat, white bread, French fries, added sugars, and processed carbs or foods drastically increase inflammation within the body. Processed carbs don’t really exist in nature, so your body doesn’t know how to react to them. Furthermore, they cause your blood sugar to spike, potentially exacerbating the risk of diabetes and weight gain. Not all carbs are bad with moderation like whole-grain bread and pasta.
Although you may be getting older, it’s never too late to start taking care of your joint health. By eating the right anti-inflammatory foods, your joints and connective tissues will be much stronger and will work much more efficiently. It only takes a few small steps and the right health supplements to completely change your life for the better.

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What Are the Key Benefits of Anti-inflammatory Foods?

Anti-inflammatory Foods

You have noticed a lot of stiffness in your knees when you wake up, stand up or start walking. Your doctor suggested that switching to an anti-inflammatory diet might help with your knee and joint problems. The question you may have is, “why do I need an anti-inflammatory diet if I do not feel that I have inflammation?”. Inflammation is not necessarily obvious at first, but it can cause joints to swell, be inflamed and become painful. Inflammation is how the body deals with invaders or something foreign in your body. Those intruders (i.e., could be pollen, a new medication or reaction to an injury) triggers your body’s immune system. This starts a cascade of events that release inflammatory molecules that lead to redness, stiffness, pain and limit the range of motion and ability to stand, climb stairs or walk. Your doctor may recommend implementing meals that contain anti-inflammatory foods to improve or prevent symptoms.

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is an immune system response to an unusual event like an injury or infection. The body manufactures white blood cells to fight off what is perceived as foreign elements such as bacteria or germs and protect the concerned area. The inflammation process could become chronic where the system stays on for a long period of time and start damaging tissues and organs. For instance, if you suffer from arthritis, the inflammation can make your joints stiff and painful, with these symptoms getting worse over time. This could significantly impair your daily activities and overall quality of life. Many specialists and doctors think that the answer is on your plate, not in your pharmacy cabinet.

How Can Diet Help?

Many of the foods listed in the Standard American Diet can cause inflammation, such as refined carbohydrates, fried foods, excess sugar, red and processed meats, and unhealthy sources of fat. Eaten on a daily basis, these inflammatory foods could become health risks such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and worsen any chronic inflammatory conditions. However, some foods like tomatoes, green vegetables, fruits or fish could have the opposite anti-inflammatory effects and help reduce inflammation and symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis.

List of anti-inflammatory foods

  • Berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • Tomatoes
  • Fatty Fish: tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
  • Nuts: walnuts, almonds and cashews.
  • Avocado
  • Peppers
  • Oranges, grapefruit, and limes.
  • Grapes
  • Olive oil.
  • Turmeric, ginger, curry, and cinnamon.
  • Garlic

Frequently Asked Questions About Inflammation

Is swelling always associated with pain?

Most of the time, yes. The two go hand-in-hand in most cases. The swelling of the tissues and joints causes pain.

Would joint inflammation induce both swelling and pain?

When a joint becomes inflamed due to arthritis or any other related condition, the blood vessels dilate around the joint to increase blood flow. The leukocytes, or white blood cells, rush to the area to fight off infection. The same thing happens if you scrape your knee and see a clear liquid surrounding the wound.
This immune system response causes inflammation in this area. The joint often feels warm to the touch or painful and may increase the pain from an injury as well.

Can arthritis or other chronic inflammatory diseases cause both pain and swelling?

Yes. Arthritis can cause both pain and swelling of the joints. Chronic inflammation can damage the joint and surrounding tissues.

What is included in an anti-inflammatory diet?

What to Avoid?

Refined carbohydrates: A diet high in carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread contribute to inflammation and should be avoided.

Vegetable Oils: Vegetable oils high in Omega-6 fatty acids have been linked to an increase in inflammation, according to a study published in the Journal of Obesity. Finding a balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids is key in reducing chronic inflammation.

Trans fat: Trans fat is a type of fat typically found in fast food products. These fake fats, called partially hydrogenated oils, give the food the desirable taste and texture we have come to love. These processed oils have been linked to health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

The Solution to Joint Pain

The best advice to help you cope with arthritic joints is to: (1) Eat and stick with an anti-inflammatory diet based on foods that reduce inflammation, 2) Get adequate exercise to keep the joints flexible, and (3) Take supplements like Genuwell Joint Health.
Genuwell Joint Health from Kondor Pharma offers natural benefits for joints as supplements to a healthy diet with anti-inflammatory foods. The formulation for Genuwell Joint Health is based on Boswellia serrata (Indian Frankincense), an ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine that reduces inflammation, increases joint flexibility, and makes walking easier for people suffering from arthritis and other chronic joint diseases.
This product has been approved by the Canadian regulatory body to reduce pain and swelling of the knee joints associated with osteoarthritis. The Genuwell formula is vegetarian and gluten-free, so people with celiac disease can use it. If you or someone you know suffers from painful joint inflammation, arthritis or other conditions, please share this information with them. If you want to learn more about our products, please visit the Kondor Pharma website at https://kondorpharma.com/product/genuwell/ or contact us at info@kondorpharma.com or at +1-800-892-6981.

All You Need to Know About Joint Health

Joint Health

Paying attention to joint health helps keep you flexible and active. Otherwise, joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness may develop and interfere with your daily activities. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your joints functioning well. You can add more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, exercise regularly, or take supplements for joints specifically tailored to your needs.

Why Is Joint Health Important?

Joints allow movement between two bones and can be stable or mobile. The shoulder, hip, knee, and spinal joints are mobile joints that allow motions such as rotation, bending, or twisting. A protective fibrous tissue called cartilage helps the joint glide without friction during movement. Age, overuse, inactivity, joint injury, infection, poor nutrition and genetics (genes you inherit from your parents) are factors that can lead to degeneration (worn joints), chronic inflammation, and pain. Inflammatory joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, gout or rheumatoid arthritis may also develop.

Signs of Joint Problems

Signs or symptoms of something is wrong with your joints to include:

  • Joint pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness
  • Joint stiffness or weakness
  • Trouble bearing weight
  • Joint locking or loss of range of motion
  • Grinding or clicking sounds during movement

How to Maintain Joint Health and Function

The following lifestyle habits can help reduce the risk of joint inflammation, worn cartilage, pain, injury, arthritis, and limited mobility.

Good Nutrition

A healthy, balanced diet provides vital nutrients to strengthen your bones and joints and reduce the risks of developing inflammatory joint diseases such as osteoarthritis or gout. In addition, eating healthy helps you maintain the right body weight and limit stress on your weight-bearing joints. The right nutrients include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, help reduce inflammation and slow down cartilage damage. Ginger, turmeric (curcumin), and Boswellia serrata plants and their extracts are also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Exercise

Staying active and doing range-of-motion exercises are important for your joints. Exercise also helps strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joint. Doctors recommend you continue to exercise even if you experience symptoms of unhealthy joints such as pain or have arthritis. People with arthritis should do low-impact or joint-friendly exercises such as walking or biking. This can help manage pain and improve their quality of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Joint Support Supplements

The Arthritis Foundation encourages you to supplement your diet to get the nutrients that may be missing in your meals. Supplements can be pharmaceutical, natural, or herbal like Genuwell Joint Health by Kondor Pharma. This particular joint supplement is a pill made with the Ayurvedic herb Boswellia serrata (Indian Frankincense). Studies have shown that boswellic acids have anti-inflammation and anti-arthritic abilities that can fight joint inflammation and symptoms of knee osteoarthritis such as swelling, joint pain, and limited flexibility. It may also help improve the overall health of your joints.

Kondor Pharma Herbal Supplement for Joints

At Kondor Pharma, we are committed to helping you maintain healthy joints through natural supplements that are clinically proven to reduce inflammation and increase flexion. If you’re curious about Genuwell™ for Joint Health, please check out the hyperlink provided or contact us at info@kondorpharma.com or call us at +1-800-892-6981 for more information.

Don’t let Joint Issues Ruin Your Physical Abilities, Pick the Best Supplements For Joints

Best Supplements For Joints

Joint disease is a relatively common health issue. If you are over 30, an athlete, and/or a person at risk of inflammatory joint disease, you often talk about finding the best supplements for joints to improve joint health and joint issues. If you do not want to take medication, you can boost your diet with natural supplements, such as Genuwell™ for Joint Health as well as make certain lifestyle changes.

Factors Affecting Joint Health

Aging, injury, and overuse may lead to worn cartilage, weakened joints, and joint disease. This often results in loss of flexibility, stiffness, pain, and inflammation. The knee, hip, hand, shoulder, and spinal joints are more often affected. They may become stiff due to loss of fluid in the tissue or loss of tissue elasticity.
Once they become stiff, you may experience trouble walking, bending, or twisting, or loss of mobility. This can interfere with daily activities and your overall quality of life.
If you have family members who suffer from joint problems, your genes might put you more at risk of developing similar joint discomfort, pain and swelling now or in the future. You may wonder if the best supplements for joints can help you prevent, delay or reduce those symptoms.

Common Joint Diseases

Arthritis is the most common form of joint disease and it can happen to anyone. Common types of arthritis include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): RA is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes joint and tissue inflammation. It is more common in middle age but can happen at any age. Genetics is a major risk factor and there is a 60% chance of inheriting the disease if your parents carry this bad gene. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints in the hand, wrist, or feet, especially in the mornings.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA): OA is the most common form of arthritis, and symptoms appear around middle age. It happens when the cartilage between two joints wears down. This makes the bones rub together, resulting in stiffness, swelling, and pain.

Gout: Gout is a painful, complex form of inflammatory arthritis that can affect anyone. In general, it affects one joint at a time and most often the big toe and is due to a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joint. The symptoms are sudden and severe episodes of tenderness, pain, swelling and redness in the affected area.

There are other inflammatory disorders such as psoriatic arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus that can also lead to chronic arthritis and joint pain.
Consider asking your doctor about the best supplements for joints if you are at risk of inflammatory joint disease.

Choosing the Right Joint Health Option

Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are first-line treatments for joint inflammation and pain. But these medications are not meant to be taken long-term due to harmful side effects.
There are also natural or herbal supplements for joint and arthritis such as glucosamine, omega-3, chondroitin, and Genuwell™. These supplements are used to support joint health, reduce the rate of cartilage degradation and/or provide anti-inflammatory effects. These supplements are generally well tolerated and more adapted for chronic use.
Genuwell™ is a formulated Boswellia serrata extract (BSE). Boswellia has been clinically tested on OA patients and proven to reduce osteoarthritis symptoms, such as knee pain and swelling, and improve joint function. Boswellia actively reduces the level of enzymes causing both inflammation and pain.

Joint Health Tips

You can maintain strong healthy joints by:

  • Staying active but balancing activity and rest
  • Having a healthy weight
  • Eating foods rich in calcium, vitamin D, and anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Doing low-impact exercises such as yoga or Tai-Chi
  • Practicing proper body mechanics
  • Taking the best supplements for joints

Joint Health Matters at Kondor Pharma

If you are interested in learning more about Genuwell™ for Joint Health, you can find more information about this approved natural health product on the Kondor Pharma website. You can also contact us at +1-800-892-6981.

The Truth Behind Memory Loss With Age

Memory Loss With Age

What Is Memory Loss With Age?

Senior citizens experience mild forgetfulness from time to time. This is normal. What’s not normal is forgetting where you are, the time of day or season of the year, important past or future events, or how to carry out everyday tasks. These are all signs of memory loss with age and other underlying problems affecting brain cells and their capacity to store or recall memories. Some other telltale signs are having trouble learning new things or using words correctly, as well as suddenly changing mood or behavior.

What Causes Age-Related Memory Loss?

Healthy brain cells, neural connections and plasticity (ability to form new or reorganize connections between brain cells), and proper communication between brain cells are necessary for healthy memory function. The following factors can interfere with these processes and lead to quicker age-related memory decline:

  • Head injury or brain trauma
  • Chronic stress
  • Brain infection
  • Certain medications
  • Brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Medical condition such as thyroid disorder
  • Vitamin deficiency such as B12 deficiency
  • Severe drug or alcohol abuse

Alzheimer’s disease destroys brain cells (i.e., neurons) and their connections in specific parts of the brain first like the hippocampus (responsible for memory storage) and a small portion of the cortex (where most short-term, working memories reside), prior to spread in the entire cerebral cortex responsible for speech, reasoning and behavior, and ultimately across our brain. The memory loss with age is due to the four main following mechanisms:

Amyloid-Beta Plaques

A protein fragment known as amyloid-beta plays a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition marked by progressive memory loss in the elderly. For more than 25 years, scientists thought that the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease was due to an accumulation of amyloid-beta fragments outside and between brain cells. Amyloid-beta fragments are very sticky and form a build-up overtime called plaques. These structures are toxic for neurons and prevent proper cell-cell communication and connections resulting in altered function.

Neurofibrillary Tangles

Neurofibrillary tangles are twisted strands of another protein called Tau that accumulates inside neurons. Tangles prevent neurons from functioning and communicating properly and also contribute to brain cell death and memory loss with age. In normal conditions, Tau protein binds to structures (called microtubules) responsible for neurons’nutrients transport system.  In disease conditions, Tau protein becomes abnormal and is no longer attached to microtubules, thus altering nutrients and waste flow in and out of brain cells. With poor cell function and communication with other neurons,  cells gradually die.

Inflammation

A growing set of evidence has shown that inflammation is also a major contributor to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. A recent large, longitudinal study demonstrated that Chronic inflammation in middle age individuals can cause quicker cognitive decline later on in life. In some instances, amyloid-beta, itself, may activate immune cells and trigger an inflammatory response that destroys cells and brain tissue. Natural memory supplements usually contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that work to get rid of toxins in the body that cause oxidative damage.

Vascular Changes

In the aging brain, blood vessels change in structure that may lead to a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier that protects our brain against harmful agents. In addition, amyloid-beta deposits in brain arteries may affect blood flow and oxygen levels to the brain. Because of these issues, the brain becomes less effective at getting rid of waste and used materials. It could then trigger an inflammatory response that could lead to chronic issues encounter in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

General Cellular Dysfunctions

Mitochondria are cell components responsible for converting food into energy for cells and for communication between cells. Neurons require a large number of functional mitochondria to transmit signals to other brain cells in brain areas responsible for memory. With age, mitochondria become less effective and less numerous resulting in decreased communication between neurons and memory issues. A reduction in these cell-cell communications leads to oxidative stress that is detrimental to neurons. In addition, other external factors like malnutrition, chronic stress, medication, and brain injury could contribute to an increase in oxidative stress and cell dysfunction. Those cellular events contribute to memory deficit and cognitive decline.

Supplements for memory are designed to promote brain cell repair, increase blood flow and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Inflawell Memory Support supplement, for example, contains the active ingredients Boswellia serrata and Bacopa monnieri. Several clinical studies concluded that the two plant extracts can safely reduce inflammation and improve memory and cognitive function.

Inflawell™ Supplement for Memory

Although memory loss with age is common, a natural health supplement for memory health, such as Inflawell Memory Support by Kondor Pharma, could be a premium choice to help slow down brain aging and age-related memory loss.

Inflawell™ by Kondor Pharma is an approved natural health supplement that helps support brain function and memory. Read more about this product on our website or call 800-892-6981 for more information.

Kondor Pharma Presents Its Clinical Trial Data on Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s

Dr. Laurent Balenci, COO of Kondor Pharma today presented the result of our pilot clinical trial of Inflawell on patients with mild and moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD), at the 3rd Canadian Neuroscience Innovation Summit. A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial on 80 Alzheimer’s patients indicated significant improvement in memory and cognition in Inflawell group compared to the placebo. Furthermore, the patients taking Inflawell showed significant improvement in the levels of peripheral Amyloid-ß 42/40 ratio and inflammation biomarkers. The patients took Inflawell or placebo along with their regular dose of Acetychloinesterase inhibitor drugs for 6 months.
We are pleased to report such promising clinical results and believe that Inflawell might provide a safe adjunct natural therapy to help with managing memory loss in Alzheimer’s or aging-associated mild cognitive impairment, said Dr. Ali Riazi, Co-founder, and CEO of Kondor Pharma. Our analyses of inflammation biomarkers in the treatment group suggest that the mode of action is likely through reduction or inhibition of certain inflammation pathways.

Chronic Inflammation has been emerging as a cause or a major contributing factor in many conditions associated with aging such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and cognitive decline, and dementia. The underlying inflammatory processes start many years before disease symptoms appear. Therefore, managing chronic inflammation in the brain has been proposed as a valid strategy to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. For years researchers have been trying to treat Alzheimer’s by targeting Amyloid-ß and Tau proteins, but these attempts have been futile.

Kondor Pharma is currently looking for partners that are interested to help make Inflawell available globally. Together we can help prevent diseases through natural ways and before they lead to debilitating conditions including Alzheimer’s.