50,000 Year Old Knee Joints – Better or Worse?

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Osteoarthritis of the knees has become a worldwide issue for many people, especially as they get older.  You might think that Osteoarthritis would have been worse years ago, due to lack of knowledge about the joints, nutrition and exercise, but it seems that in today’s society, it’s becoming an epidemic that needs to be addressed.

Historical Evidence

Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology, found that there is a massive difference between the amount of people getting arthritis now and back in the 1950s. There are far more people being diagnosed with arthritis now than there ever was, so he investigated the reasons as to why.

Skeletons of people who died in 4000 BC were investigated and were found to have arthritis of the knees. This didn’t appear to be an unusual finding, as they tended to be hunter-gatherers and farmers who would have been constantly bending, stretching and running. However, it was then realised that arthritis of the knees is more common today than it was back then, prompting the conclusion that today’s lifestyle is more of an issue for our joints, because of the lack of physical exercise, rather than in spite of it. 

Current Thinking

Our lifestyle today has become very sedentary. Due to the increase in technology, many jobs involve sitting at computers or desks, and at home, the television, laptops, iPads, phones and computer games just encourage us to sit down and motivate our brains, rather than being active and motivating our bodies. Children in school now spend a lot more time sat down instead of running around playing, which can affect how joints are forming. This in turn, can have an effect on how those joints can grow and form later in life.

Nutrition and Supplements

Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific supplement for each individual joint. But there are plenty of foods and supplements, which can provide the right nutrition to help the joints maintain their flexibility and mobility. A diet rich in various fruits, vegetables, fish and chicken can help greatly in supporting joint health. Knee joint supplements don’t exist as specific supplements, but one such as FlexiQule can also help to sustain the joints, due to its specially formulated ingredients of Boswellia and Ginger, which are anti-inflammatory and can help to ease aches and pains.

Conclusion

In order to maintain good joint health, it is important to look at diet, exercise and lifestyle as a way of improving the knee joints. Exercise is vital for supporting the joints; the muscles are able to develop and support the joints and the cartilage within the joints gets stimulated, giving the knees the reinforcement they need.

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Children should be exercising every day, using their joints as much as they can to build a strong base, to last them a lifetime. Maybe encouraging them to spend a little less time indoors and more time engaging in outdoor activities would be a way for adults and children to exercise together?

Other ways of improving our joint health include, ‘standing desks’ which have been introduced in many offices, where the computer is at the correct height when you stand up, eliminating the need to sit down at all times. Even though knee joint supplements are not in existence, there are supplements for joints, which can be of great benefit to anyone suffering from arthritis of the knees. Anything that can improve our joint health should be considered, giving us all the chance to live long and healthy lives!