If you have joints that ache, burn, swell, or cause discomfort, please look at this note sent from a reader to Dr. Marc Micozzi:
“I’d been living for four years with constant pain in both knees. Then came your nutrient recommendations. After only two months, I noticed a major improvement. The ligaments in my knees appear to have been restored. And I’m confident now that I’ll never need to have my knees replaced.”
The nutrient recommendations this reader refers to are three natural botanicals that Dr. Micozzi believes can help anyone who suffers from chronic joint pain.
In his Inflammation Fighting Protocol, he calls these natural healing herbs “my ABCs of joint health.”
“These botanicals work,” he explains, “because they’re potent anti-inflammatory agents. And reducing inflammation is the first step in achieving long-term relief from joint pain, as it allows your body to rebuild and maintain healthy cartilage, the material that cushions joints.
“Even better, taking these three herbs together magnifies their potency—something called synergy.”
Let’s take a closer look at each one of these powerful botanicals to see how they can heal your aching joints…
A is for Ashwaganda—soothing aching joints
Ashwaganda—also known as winter cherry—has been used for more than 3,000 years in Ayurveda, the natural healing system of India.
This remarkable botanical reduces inflammation in painful joints, but that’s just the beginning.
As Dr. Micozzi puts it, “Ashwaganda is also a potent adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to any situation or challenge, and rebalance.”
Adaptogens like ashwaganda help your body adapt to internal and external changes—such as body temperature, blood pressure, etc. So if your joints feel like they’re on fire, ashwagandha helps to cool them down and bring them back to health.
Dr. Micozzi cites a study where researchers gave ashwagandha to animals with laboratory-induced arthritis. Results showed a significant drop in C-reactive protein—a key inflammation biomarker that (when it’s elevated) indicates a loss of cartilage in arthritis patients.
Other studies have shown ashwagandha to be effective in reducing symptoms of gout and lupus.
B is for Boswellia—cooling burning joints
If you’ve never heard of boswellia, you probably already know it by its other name: frankincense.
Dr. Micozzi cites a placebo-controlled clinical trial that tested 333 mg of boswellia (taken three times per day) on arthritis patients with painful knees. Researchers found that boswellia promoted a healthy inflammatory response.
“As a result,” Dr. Micozzi adds, “every single person in the study reported less pain and more mobility. Plus, they could climb up and downstairs with greater ease and walk further with a steadier gait.”
In another study, researchers divided 75 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) into two groups to receive either a placebo or boswellia.
Participants who took a 250 mg daily dose of boswellia reported significant pain relief within just one week. And after 90 days, the supplement produced major improvements in physical function and pain scores.
In addition, those taking boswellia also experienced a considerable reduction in the synovial fluid enzyme that causes cartilage to deteriorate—a primary cause of knee OA pain.
Overall, inflammation was significantly reduced, pain levels dropped, and joint cartilage was protected from further damage.
C is for Curcumin—calming painful joints
The third supplement in Dr. Micozzi’s ABC trio is curcumin—the principal active ingredient in the popular South Asian spice turmeric. Turmeric, coriander, cumin, and other components make up curry, the popular spice.
And Dr. Micozzi notes this insight: “Curcumin is also responsible for turmeric’s bright yellow-orange color. Interestingly, many natural compounds with such bright, brilliant colors are frequently potent remedies.”
Extensive research shows that curcumin cools joint inflammation and reduces pain. And it’s also a potent antioxidant that can cross your protective blood-brain barrier (the membrane that regulates which compounds reach the brain) to reduce inflammation in the brain, which helps prevent mental decline and dementia.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 to 500 mg of each of his ABCs of joint health daily.
And each one is easy to find in your local pharmacy, grocery store, or health food store. “However,” he adds, “if you’d like the ultimate joint health protection (with all the right dosages), take them all together as a formula.”
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