Health & Wellness

Joint Health: The Basics

active health joint basicsIt’s no secret that being active is healthy for the body and soul. Getting outside, exercising, traveling, and being with friends and family are all keys to feeling good. But our body needs some TLC in order to maintain an active lifestyle, especially as we get older. That’s why it’s important to be thoughtful about keeping things running like a well-oiled machine.

Of course, the human body is no ordinary machine. It is much more complicated. Still, machines are a useful way to think about how parts work together and what needs to be done to keep things operating as they should.

How it Works

Let’s start by talking about the skeletal system—literally, the bones of the body. There are more than 200 bones in the human body, and joints are where these bones connect. Some joints are fixed or only slightly movable, but the majority of joints allow a wider range of motion when the body is “well-oiled” and working best. Examples of joints include the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. These movable joints work in different ways. For example, the knee operates like a hinge and can move in only one direction. The hip joint is a ball and socket—a rounded head that fits into a cavity, allowing for rotation.

Hard bones are not meant to be constantly rubbing against one another, so most joints have a lining of slippery tissue that acts as a cushion. This cushion is called cartilage. It allows the movement of a well-working knee to feel like an almost effortless glide.

In addition, a thick fluid—called synovial fluid—surrounds the joint area, helping to nourish the cartilage, as well as lubricate joints to aid movement.

What You Can Do

We all know that eating well and exercise are essential to a healthy lifestyle and feeling great. This is especially true for joint health. Maintaining a healthy weight means less stress on bones and joints. Exercising keeps muscles strong.

When our cartilage and synovial fluid are doing their job, we’re able to get around easily and comfortably. Supplements can help to maintain healthy joints, cartilage and mobility. The human body does most of the work—like generating cartilage—on its own, so think of supplements as a way to support what happens naturally. Here are some of the most popular supplements associated with maintaining joint health:

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are naturally found within our joints and are key components of cartilage.** They are part of the complex connective tissue matrix that is responsible for cushioning joints and bones. Glucosamine also helps ease occasional joint stress and stiffness.** These two ingredients are both popular supplements and are often combined together to nourish cartilage.**


MSM is a natural source of sulfur, supplying a vital ingredient that helps support healthy connective tissue.** Not only does it nourish joints, but it also works with and supports Glucosamine and Chondroitin in cartilage health.** Some supplements combine all three ingredients for optimal benefits.


Known for its fragrant resin, the Boswellia species are shrubs and small trees that are native to the Red Sea region and grow wild throughout northeastern Africa. It’s a centuries-old herb used in folk medicine to support joint health.**


Part of the ginger family, Turmeric has been used for centuries in Asian cultures. Among the active ingredients in this ancient root are curcuminoids—most notably curcumin—plant-based antioxidants that help cells defend against damaging free radicals.** By providing antioxidant support, Turmeric Curcumin herbal supplements support your body’s overall well-being, and is especially helpful in supporting joint comfort and mobility.**

Reprinted with permission from - Healthy Perspectives by Puritan's Pride

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10 months ago

I’ve had osteoarthritis in my knee for about 20 years. It hasn’t been that painful, but it is getting worse. My doctor, though, says it’s not bad enough for a replacement. So, I’ve gotten shots of Syn Visc One in the knee. The first 2 times it worked very well. But the third time, 6 weeks ago, it caused a severe reaction, and my knee swelled up terribly. Hot, red, and painful! Also, a large red rash showed up on the other leg. The doctor had never seen this kind of reaction.

Here’s my warning to you, if you’re considering a second or third shot of the stuff. With subsequent injections, there is an 11% possibility of a severe reaction. The swelling has gone down, but I still have other symptoms, including rashes and random little red bumps (“maybe vasculitis”), and range of motion is more limited. When fluid was drawn off, it tested negative for bacteria, so there wasn’t an infection.

If I had known the odds of having an “adverse effect”, I would NOT have gotten the Syn Visc. I’ll take those odds in a thoroughbred horse race, but not on my health. Just an FYI…

3 years ago

I would much rather read an article about foods that contain the needed nutrients. Not a vitamin company advertisement.
When I do buy supplements, I buy from life source, a Christian owned company which promotes the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

3 years ago

Enjoyed reading the article and learning facts about joints, etc but near the end I m thinking so this is a way to sell products! I have been taking one capsule daily of collagen for perhaps a year mainly for purpose of knee pain (I m 83 yrs old); side benefit has been stronger nails and healthier hair – not Puritan brand although products maybe 100% – ordered through Amazon after much reading & research plus asking my primary doctor if it was okay to take product.

Jack Thiel
3 years ago

I have read that Chondroitin can encourage the growth of cancer cells. Has anyone else heard or read this and are there any supporting facts?

3 years ago
Reply to  Jack Thiel

Never heard that, but the last bottle of Glucosamine I bought, did not have chondroitin in it.

3 years ago

How come the “**” symbol is used eight times in this article, each time next to a statement of effects, but nowhere is there a caption explaining what “**” means?

Is it because it means “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or AMA”?

3 years ago
Reply to  khol

Supplements are not subjected to the same rigorous testing that pharmaceuticals are, so they can promise just about anything. PP, the advertiser, provided this “article”. I started taking a few supplements several years ago, but only after I’d checked out research based on solid scientific evaluation. BTW, none of them are mentioned here.

Susan Williams
3 years ago

I have used Puritan Pride products for over 40 years!
I’m 75 years old and still hiking and playing golf!
Also when you pratice staying healthy you don’t need prescription drugs!

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