When you hear the word collagen, what do you think of? Be honest. Most of our minds go to fine lines, wrinkles, and getting our hands on the latest skin cream, right? But beyond beauty, collagen has a crucial role in arthritis.
The Role of Collagen
The good news? Collagen is an essential protein that your body naturally produces. The bad news? The production of it slows down as you get older. It’s a major player in your health as well as your appearance – hair, skin, and nails. In fact, its role is so important, it accounts for about 33% of the total protein in your body and is essential in the health of your connective tissue. Adding collagen to your diet can help fight inflammation, pain, and increased risk of many additional health issues.
The Battle with Arthritis
Arthritis is a painful health condition known to cause inflammation in the joints. As joint pain and stiffness worsen, it becomes harder to manage the simple tasks and movements you once did with ease. Let’s look at the two types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
When bones lose their surrounding protective cartilage, they begin to rub together. Bone spurs start to develop, and pain eventually sets in. For unknown reasons, the body doesn’t seem to produce enough new, healthy cartilage. This is known as Osteoarthritis and is generally associated with aging. But what if it isn’t merely the aging arthritis we tend to label it as?
We know it affects millions, yet roughly 20% of the aging population isn’t affected by it. And we even see it in people as early as their 30s. Combine that with other known factors including injuries, being overweight, and living a non-active lifestyle. Doesn’t seem to be an open and shut case for an aging issue, does it?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an interesting one. Imagine the wires getting crossed in your immune system. For some reason, signals are being mixed, and it can’t tell the difference between the good substances and the bad, so it targets both. The body begins to attack the joint tissue and can cause severe inflammation, damage to joints, and even damage to your organs. It’s an extremely painful autoimmune condition and is generally seen in people 30 to 60 years old.
So Where Does Collagen Come in?
Collagen is known to help combat arthritis symptoms. There are even some who have reported their arthritis in remission from consuming it. And this shouldn’t be surprising. You often hear me talk about the fantastic benefits it provides our bodies. It plays a significant role in fighting inflammation, leading to reduced joint pain. Improved immune response and protection against the deterioration of joints are also benefits you’ll notice. So how do you add more collagen to your routine? What better way to get your daily dose than with bone broth?
Bone broth not only reduces inflammation — reducing pain for people living with arthritis — but it is also loaded with:
- Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine – known to promote cartilage health
- Hyaluronic acid – known to help ease pain and improve joint function
- Sodium, potassium, and calcium – electrolytes essential to your health
Electrolytes help hydrate and lubricate your joints, working to eliminate the pain. Staying hydrated is essential with arthritis, and sipping on your bone broth is the perfect way to add electrolytes to your daily intake.
Keep thinking Big and living BOLD!