Why Are Minerals Important for Your Joint Health?


Why Are Minerals Important for Your Joint Health?

Minerals are key in keeping your joints healthy, mobile, and flexible.

Because our bodies cannot produce all the nutrients, we need to stay healthy and functioning properly, it’s important that you eat foods and take supplements with essential minerals.

The minerals we ingest through our food and natural supplements are vital in strengthening and building resilient bones, teeth, skin, hair, and muscles and in supporting blood, nerve, and metabolic processes.

The stronger your body, especially your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the more protection and support for your joints.

Research and science tell us that minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium are vital to your joint health.

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the first line of defense for your immune system. Inflammation is the natural healing mechanism that turns on and alerts your body that there is an injury or infection.

When your immune system detects a problem, such as an arthritis flare or muscle damage from a hard work-out (DOMS), chemical processes are activated to heal and protect your joints and muscles.

These chemical processes send extra blood flow to the injured joint. Your immune system is comprised of key elements that act to protect and heal you:

  • Cytokines: lead the coordinated immune system response.
  • Natural Killer (NK) cells: white blood cells that act to eliminate infection and injury.
  • Macrophages: special white blood cells that remove bacteria
  • Dendritic cells: white blood cells that work with the B and T cells to protect and heal the body.

As you can see in Figure 1, when the immune system is triggered, these keys to protection migrate to the damaged area. For example, a swollen knee or inflamed tendon in your wrist.

Joint inflammation

Inflammation unfortunately has a bad reputation. Many people think that you need to eliminate inflammation. And while too much inflammation is not a good thing, contributing to swollen and red joints or other organ disfunction, inflammation is key to your immune system response.

Think of your stiff knee. Because the cartilage is becoming worn down, your knee is getting sore, to protect this joint, your immune system triggers an inflammatory response in an attempt to alleviate joint discomfort and to stop you from moving the knee.

However, as you know, one of the keys to living well with arthritis or another joint problem is having flexible joints. This is why you need to give your body extra healing support with natural supplements like SierraSil that contain key minerals to aid in joint healing.

How do Minerals Impact Joint Health Inflammation?

Minerals such as magnesium provide the key building blocks you need to help heal joint inflammation and to build strong flexible joints.

Your body relies on enzymes to regulate inflammation and support tissue repair. To do this effectively, these enzymes need minerals.

Minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, and boron are key in building strong bones and in supporting metabolic processes for bone health.

The minerals that are in SierraSil, including calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium are proven to reduce inflammation, and help in the maintenance and repair of bones and tissues.

Because we cannot produce minerals, it’s very important that you eat a balanced diet and take natural supplements that fill the gaps in your diet.

Which Minerals Are Important for Joint Health?

The minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium are important for joint health.

Calcium

The Arthritis Foundation states that calcium maintains strong bones and teeth, regulates muscle contractions, transmits nerve impulses, and helps release essential hormones and enzymes.

Recent human trials have found calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of hip fracture, as well as showing a positive link between calcium intake and bone mass. When you’re low on calcium, the calcium stored in your bones is used to support other metabolic processes.

This underscores why it’s important you maintain adequate levels of calcium – to support your bone health and to prevent joint discomfort and inflammation.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential in protecting key joints including your knees, hips, ankles, wrists and in building strong bones. When you’re deficient in magnesium, you’re at risk for joint discomfort and the development of osteoporosis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, magnesium strengthens bones, maintains nerve and muscle function, regulates heart rhythm and blood sugar levels, and helps maintain joint cartilage.

Magnesium has been found to play a role in reducing inflammation. Recent epidemiologic studies have shown sufficient magnesium in the diet to be inversely associated with inflammation through the reduction of C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker contributing to cardiovascular risk.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an important bone-forming element and is needed for optimal mineralization of the skeleton. When you’re deficient in phosphorus, you are at risk for osteoporosis and for an increase in stiff and uncomfortable joints.

Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in bone health, metabolism, and cell, tissue, and organ function. By preventing the resorption of calcium from bones, potassium rich foods and supplements might help prevent joint discomfort and osteoporosis.

In two studies researching the influence of potassium on joint discomfort, the ingestion of potassium as a supplement or as part of a topical treatment had some effect on decreasing overall joint discomfort.

Manganese

Studies have shown that a deficiency in manganese impacts bone growth and development. Manganese has an important role in bone matrix formation.

Copper

The Arthritis Foundation says that copper helps build red blood cells by transporting iron, makes connective tissues, keeps the immune system, nerves and blood vessels healthy, and serves as an antioxidant by removing free radicals.

Animal studies have found copper deficiency to be related to decreased bone strength.

Zinc

According to the Arthritis Foundation, zinc is involved in wound healing, cell reproduction and tissue growth, sexual maturation, and taste and smell. Zinc is associated with over 100 enzymatic reactions in your body.

Selenium

Your body requires only a small amount of selenium to support immune system health, DNA and thyroid hormone synthesis, and in protection against specific illnesses. Most people are deficient in selenium.

How to Naturally Support Joint Health

The best way to naturally support joint health is with a balanced diet and with all-natural supplements.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t get the levels of key minerals that we need to support our joint health and immune system function. This is why we want you to learn more about SierraSil.

SierraSil Joint Formula 14 is a mineral rich supplement that with a healthy diet can result in optimal protection against joint discomfort and inflammation, as well as other bone degenerative diseases.


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