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Relieve, Reduce and Prevent Joint Pain and Inflammation

Joint Pain and Inflammation

BY MELISSA BLAIR, RHN

Five classic signs of inflammation are:

  • Pain
  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function

These markers and inflammation itself can be caused by stress, trauma, illness, unhealthy foods and even lifestyle habits. They can cause inflammation in various areas of your body.

The good news is that anti-inflammatory foods, exercise, good sleep and stress management all help to keep inflammation in check. There are some cases where getting additional support from supplements can help combat chronic inflammation and bring things back into balance.

So the big question is: What is the best natural anti-inflammatory supplement?

My number one go-to is Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. When seeking long-term pain relief, reduction and prevention of inflammation and arthritis pain, it is important to know that not all Curcumin supplements are created equal. PURICA Curcumin carries extra strength because it has 30% bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), compared to the 1% BDMC found in regular Curcumin extract. That 30-to-1 ratio meant I felt lasting relief in the first two days rather than two weeks. It was more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen at reducing inflammation without the health risks the over-the-counter meds carry.

Some Holistic Nutritionist Geek Facts:

  • BDMC improves curcumin stability, bioavailability and prolonged survival in blood.
  • BDMC inhibits NF-kB and MSK1 to combat inflammation from two targets. Regular curcumin only inhibits NF-kB.
  • The BDMC contained in PURICA Curcumin offers an ORAC of 565,000 UNITS/g. Regular curcumin has an ORAC of just 9,500 UNITS/g.

While these anti-inflammatory attributes and proven track record in managing arthritis and osteoarthritis make Curcumin a terrific ally to your natural health, the benefits do not end there. PURICA Curcumin 30% BDMC also:

  • Enhances detoxification
  • Promotes skin health
  • Balances cholesterol
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Helps prevent blood clots.
  • Boosts brain function.

So whether you’re wanting relief from joint pain and inflammation to get back to doing what you love or you’re looking for a natural health supplement that packs the punch of other benefits, I recommend PURICA Curcumin Extra Strength become part of your arsenal.

Melissa Blair, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. For more information, check out her website or email her.  And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook

*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At Purica, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.

Just Because It’s Common, It Doesn’t Mean It’s Normal

BY MELISSA TUCKER, RHN, Training Coach & PURICA Ambassador

At least 85 per cent of menstruating women experience a symptom of PMS every cycle. Does this staggering number mean that having PMS is normal? No, it means it’s common. Just because something is common, does not mean you need to accept it as normal.

In my experience as a woman and health coach, I’ve concluded that by reducing inflammation in the body, many if not all premenstrual symptoms of cramping, bloating, sugar cravings and mood swings can be reduced and often ultimately eliminated.

For my clients who report mild to extreme PMS, I apply system support on the strength of the following PURICA products:

A recent study found that women who have higher levels of inflammatory proteins are more likely to suffer from PMS symptoms such as mood problems, cramps, back pain, cravings, bloating and breast pain.

To lower inflammatory proteins you must detox your body: Remove alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed flours and inflammatory fats such as those found in full-fat dairy products, red meats, peanuts, margarines, shortening and hydrogenated oils from your diet.

Incorporating some vegan meals or days into your weekly nutrition program can also help lower acidity and inflammation. With the new PURICA Power vegan protein powder, it’s easy to incorporate an alternative to whey isolates. PURICA Power also has the added antioxidant support of Chaga. The fermented PURICA Power vegan protein powders get my two thumbs up first of all because they taste great and also because they are more bioavailable pre and post workout than other non-fermented, or soy- based vegan powders.

The best way to make PMS “MIA” is to:

  • Rest. Drink More Water.
  • Limit Alcohol, caffeine and salt and at any time of month stay committed to healthy whole foods.

Balance lean proteins such as organic chicken, turkey, fish, nuts, omega-3 eggs and legumes, healthy fats such as coconut, olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc. and a variety of complex carbohydrates including vegetables, fruits, kamut, beans, rye, oats, and quinoa every three to four hours during the day. This will stabilize blood sugars and avoid undue stress and hormonal imbalance because of skipped meals.

Knee Pain

Melissa Tucker - PURICA Ambassador
Melissa Tucker
PURICA Ambassador

Melissa Tucker is one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors and training coach. She’s also a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors, committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. Here are Melissa’s thoughts on how to manage knee pain:

Knee pain is something many people encounter at some point in life. A common contributing factor is a weak vastus medialis muscle that can’t hold the patella in its proper alignment. Improper alignment of the patella can irritate the patellar tendon and cause pain below the kneecap.

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