Are you concerned about your joint health as you reach your middle years? If your flexibility is not what it once was, a Japanese village may hold the answer to promoting the health of your bones and joints.
In the village of Yuzuri Hara, many of the elderly seemed to have smooth skin, flexible joints and physical strength equal to youthful villagers. A long-term study of the people revealed that a nutrient in their diet held the key.
While other regions in Japan grew rice, the hilly terrain of this village proved better suited for harvesting healthier carbohydrates like satsumaimo (a type of sweet potato), satoimo (a sticky white potato), imoji (a potato root), and konyaku (a gelatinous root vegetable). And the common ingredient in these foods is a joint-supportive nutrient called hyaluronic acid (HA).
HA is a water-gelling molecule contained in the synovial fluid surrounding your joints, cartilage and skin tissues. Synovial fluid functions as a lubricant, nutrient carrier and shock absorber for your bones and joints.
To perform its duties, the synovial fluid must contain ample amounts of HA. However, as you get older your natural production of HA starts to decrease. This can lead to…
- Intermittently stiff joints
- Creaking knees
- Less flexible finger joints
- Knotted shoulders
- Sore elbows
But eating foods with HA can help maintain joint flexibility. You can further benefit your joints by adding quality supplements to your diet that contain not only HA, but also collagen and chondroitin sulfate—two more nutrients that help maintain your joints and your synovial fluid. By taking these precautions to support your body’s production of the fluid, you are taking all-important steps to promote the health of your body’s joints.
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