These 2 easy-to-find nutrients can protect your knees
It's amazing what passes for a "discovery" in mainstream science these days.
Right now, at this very moment, researchers are touting a supposed breakthrough that can help older folks suffering from the pain and misery of knee arthritis.
They've found not only that low vitamin D and vitamin K can worsen the disease... but also that higher levels can slow it down.
Specifically, having BOTH of these nutrients in the right levels means better function in your knees, a faster walking speed, and even an easier time standing up.
I don't want to knock this too much. At least it's not a drug -- and certainly, too many people are falling short in these essential nutrients.
But I also have to wonder what they'll "discover" next. Maybe they'll win a grant to study the wetness of water or the blueness of skies... because this isn't new.
It's EXACTLY how your body was designed to work!
One of D's main roles is helping you to absorb calcium from your food and ensuring that there's enough in circulation in your blood at any given time. Vitamin K, on the other hand, acts as the traffic cop, kicking off the process that directs calcium from your blood and into your bone.
Without D, you can't get calcium. And without K, you can't use calcium very well.
The result? Calcium accumulates in the arteries -- where it can lead to blockages -- and builds up in the joints, where too much calcium can speed the destruction of cartilage.
Again, this isn't new. This is Biology 101.
Maybe these guys slept through that class, because they're touting this "discovery" as a way to help arthritis patients. They're planning to test supplements to see if they can slow the damage and ease the pain in the joints.
I'm all for that.
In fact, I'm way ahead of them: I already encourage all my patients to get adequate levels of both nutrients, along with the magnesium needed to activate vitamin D for bone protection, artery health, good circulation, and more.
But don't stop there. If you have arthritis, you need a little more help than this.
Getting the right levels of these nutrients can slow the destruction of cartilage, but it won't stop it completely -- and it certainly won't reverse it.
For that, you need something else.
A natural form of collagen called UC-II can help give your joints what they need to repair the damage and rebuild the cartilage.
The result? Less pain and BETTER function!
Studies show that UC-II collagen is so effective that it works even better than the old standards, glucosamine and chondroitin, by just about every measure you care about.
So, along with good nutrition from diet and -- if necessary -- supplements, be sure to look for a joint support formula built around UC-II collagen.