Joint pain is super common among menopausal and perimenopausal women, and reduced mobility and flexibility are two of the most frequently reported symptoms experienced by women going through the transition, particularly when it comes to the knees and hips.
Sure, aches and stiffness of the joints is possible at any age - particularly if you’re an active person - but if you’re a woman about to go through menopause you might want to pay extra attention. Along with hot flushes, night sweats and menopause insomnia, menopause joint pain affects the majority of women during this stage in their life.
Joint pain during menopause can occur for a number of reasons. These include, but are not limited to: lowered estrogen levels and other hormonal changes, stress, weight gain, poor diet, dehydration and posture. Achy joints are often attributed to the general ageing process, but they can be more accurately attributed to the onset of menopause and menopause supplements can really help to get you back on track.
In this article we break down some easy-to-take steps that can help loosen you up and get your joints feeling supple and well-oiled, no matter what stage of life you’re in.
1. Take the right supplements.
Nutrition becomes serious business when you enter menopause. If you haven’t taken what you eat and what you put in your body seriously up until now then you’re in for a shock. Luckily it isn’t too late to start putting right those nutritional wrongs of earlier years.
First thing’s first: you need to make sure you’re taking the right supplements to support your transition away from your reproductive years and, more specifically, to support the form and function of your joints. Anti-Inflammatories are your new best friend, and vitamins such as D3 and K2 need to become part of your daily repertoire too.
LYMA contains a potent trifecta of anti-inflammatory HydroCurc®, KSM-66® Ashwagandha and affron® which together work to kick inflammation to the curb and help your joints become more supple and flexible, reducing pain and pressure in the process.
HydroCurc® is the world’s most potent anti-inflammatory compound, and is formulated at an industry-leading 600mg in the LYMA formula. It is the world’s first 100% water and fat-absorbable form of curcumin, making it particularly powerful for speeding up workout or exercise-related joint pain and for hastily and efficiently reducing inflammation in the joints.
KSM-66® Ashwagandha is the world’s leading adaptogen and is backed by more peer-reviewed studies than any other ingredient in the LYMA formula. It is safe and stable form of ashwagandha with proven benefits across 22 areas of health and beauty and is the highest concentration, most bioavailable full spectrum root extract on the market.
affron® is the newest addition to the LYMA formula. This cutting-edge ingredient is a totally unique standardised saffron extract, which can be effective at reducing joint pain as little as one hour after taking it. Saffron itself is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that has long been used to ease arthritis symptoms. affron® is the first saffron extract on the market to be supported with peer-reviewed clinical evidence.
LYMA’s formula also contains peer-reviewed clinical doses of highly specialised and patented Vita-algae D3™ and K2Vital® which work together to metabolise and transport calcium around the body, resulting in stronger and more resilient bones, tendons, ligaments and joints. Vitamins D3 and K2 must be taken in tandem if any effect is to be enjoyed, and the combination of the two is fundamental to maintaining musculoskeletal strength and integrity throughout the menopause and beyond. Vitamin D3 is chronically deficient in the westernised populations living in the northern hemisphere, and is impossible for the body to manufacture itself. Therefore, vitamin D3 must be consumed in supplement form.
2. Keep hydrated.
Joint tissues, including cartilage, ligaments and tendons are composed of up to 80% water. It stands to reason, then, that dehydration can lead to joint stiffness and tenderness. The risk for dehydration, unfortunately, increases with menopause. This is because estrogen - the reproduction hormone that begins to drop off at this time in a woman’s life - has another function too: fluid regulation. As your estrogen levels begin to fall so too does the amount of water your body is able to hold on to at any given time. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on the hydration and lubrication of your joints.
Excess sweating - those dreaded night sweats again - can also result in dehydration.
Increasing your intake of water, and other beverages such as tea and juice, can help to offset your dehydration levels, and prevent aches, pains and stiffness from developing.
3. Make exercise a daily habit.
Regular training becomes more important than ever as you age, and ideally you’ll start to exercise consistently and habitually long before you begin to notice your body deteriorating. But if you’re not yet into fitness and you want to allay the impact of inflammaging and keep your joints working for you - not against you - then you need to pick up some weights. Pronto.
Exercising might well fall to the bottom of your list of ‘wants’ if your joints are already sore and stiff, but after supplementing it is probably the best way to keep your joints young, strong and supple. Weight training boosts bone density and builds muscle, helping to take some of the impact of going about daily life off your joints. Non-weight bearing exercises such as swimming and cycling can help your joints to remain flexible and increase the range of movement available to you. Stretching is also fantastic for improving mobility; yoga is possibly the best way to reap the benefits of stretching, but a ten minute stretch at the end of your workout session can also be greatly beneficial for maintaining openness and movement in the joints.
Menopause can be difficult to navigate, and can feel overwhelming at times. But LYMA has your back. Our formula contains everything you need for a smoother menopause and we are dedicated to supporting and helping you to get back to feeling your best. LYMA is the ultimate supplement. Uncompromised reliability and the best delivery systems: when your health needs it most, trust LYMA.
Originally published Sep 22, 2020.