Original post: December 8, 2010
During times of high physical and even mental stress, demand for nutrition increases. Athletes are well aware of the need to increase carbohydrate intake to meet energy demands and supplement protein intake to support lean muscle. We’re also seeing the inevitable trend of athletes supplementing fat instead of avoiding it. Improving the quality of dietary fat intake improves immunity, regeneration of tissues and resilience to injury – the perfect strategy for athletes on the run.
The incremental nutrient demand, however, includes far more than these macronutrient requirements. The metabolism and cellular processing of carbohydrate, protein and fat depends on micronutrient cofactors like vitamins and minerals, all of which need to be supplied sufficiently as well. And the more active we are the more macronutrients we need; therefore, the more vitamins and minerals we need. But supplementation to meet lifestyle-created demand isn’t news.
Most of us supplement our diets in one form or another and to one degree or another in order to be able to keep up with a fast paced lifestyle. But too many of us limit this supplement support to conventional vitamins because that’s what everyone else does; to a protein drink per day because that’s what research is telling us supports the immune system and tissue recovery. Caffeinated carbohydrate energy drinks are making it into our healthy and athletic lifestyles because that’s what we need to get us through the longer day.
That caffeinated kick may help us care for the kids and send them off in the morning, get us to the office, pick up the kids, feed the family and after that, go for a run with the dog to take care of our own needs. But the extraordinary physical wear and tear may not be completely addressed by basic nutrition. As we pump up our energy reserves we have to also proportionally re-saturate the body with the nutritional tools it needs to restore and maintain. And this includes one of the most vulnerable and most commonly injured body parts – the joints.
Too many of us fail to support joint health before symptoms of joint disease prompt us to. Athletic success hinges on joint health. Joint health is pivotal to our ability to simply do; to do daily tasks and to stay active and fit. Preventive nutrition that circumvents premature wear of the joints allows us to perform at full capacity at whatever we do.
Unfortunately most of us who have reasonably healthy joints take for granted the free mobility that joint health allows us daily. Each and every one of us is an athlete in our own world. And many of us have dependents that rely on our health and mobility. Joint preservation is the key to survival for us all if we have any intention of competing successfully in the human race with significant life quality.
Could you imagine doing the grocery shopping, walking the dog, chasing the kids, housecleaning, cutting the grass and grooming your yard hindered by joint illness? Even mild knee arthritis makes getting in and out of your car an amazing pain in the …knee. And eventually, even this mild annoyance makes your days harder, longer and more difficult to deal with.
Efficiency in life depends on joint heath. If you’re not already using joint supplementation to treat joint degeneration or arthritis, get on it now to prevent premature and unnecessary disease. And if you lead an active lifestyle that includes daily running, resistance training or long walks that impose incremental wear, the urgency to get with the joint program is even greater. Don’t wait for signs to emerge. Prevention is the most powerful cure.
Matching the right joint product to suit your lifestyle.
Supplements for joints are not all the same. And they are definitely NOT a ‘one fits all’ program. Just as many users of glucosamine and chondroitin products get relief as there are those who do not. And too often, relief comes at the cost of scarfing down handfuls of expensive pills. In addition, glucosamine and chondroitin are often not tolerated well by those with digestive disorders and insufficiencies.
Joint health and joint supplementation is a constantly evolving category in the human and pet health care industries with newly advanced technologies being proposed regularly. And this cycling and recycling of technology is perfectly normal as emerging research opens windows into the biology, metabolism and basic science of the joint.
The latest technology to break into the ‘joint’ category of health is the good old reliable egg; more specifically the delicate rubbery membrane that lines the egg shell. And the scientific and anecdotal reports that are being hatched by the administration of this old food made into modern therapeutic medicine are far more than researchers ever imagined the egg was cracked up to be.
Most glucosamine sources, for example, are chemically extracted from shellfish. This glucosamine is then often reacted to produce glucosamine sulfate or n-acetylglucosamine (NAG). What makes the egg membrane different is that while it is separated, isolated and then purified, it is still allowed to exist in its natural matrix containing NAG, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and other glycosaminoglycans, as well as collagen and other proteins essential for healthy joints. This food base is then concentrated to potency that the egg-alone cannot deliver while still maintaining a composition that is similar to the membranes in human joints.
As a result of the undisturbed eggshell matrix the body can absorb and use the beneficial elements more efficiently and therapeutic results are noticeable from much lower doses. But don’t take my word for it, the clinical research clucks for itself.
In three separate studies NEM (Natural Egg Membrane) proves to be the naturally logical alternative for healthy joints and the biggest wow-factor is the fact that you only have to take ONE pill per day to get the results demonstrated in the clinical trials – just one pill per day!
“relieve pain in as little as 7 days in some patients and in as little as 30 days for most others.”
“decreases pro-inflammatory biomarkers (IL-1α, IL-1β, MIP-1β, MIP-1α, TNF-α, VEGF) to reduce pain and stiffness.”
This egg membrane can be used daily to treat symptoms of advanced osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and soft tissue inflammation. And it can be used daily to improve day-to-day recovery from hard physical work. Don’t wait for dis-ease to force action, especially if you are rigorously active today. Protect your joints from undue wear and tear. Taking NEM, the egg membrane isolate, daily is a no-brainer!