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Living life fully means supporting healthy joints and managing pain with supplements like turmeric and glucosamine chondroitin.

To keep enjoying an active life, maintaining joint health should be a top priority for Canadians. Pain due to conditions like osteoarthritis can seriously impair our ability to do the things we love. Fortunately, natural supplements can play a key role in managing joint pain and supporting overall joint health.

Dr. Joyce Johnson, Naturopathic Doctor

Natural, drug-free alternatives have become very popular in Canada. “If someone is experiencing joint pain, they often seek safe alternatives,” says naturopathic doctor Dr. Joyce Johnson. “Taking pain medication long term may cause issues, so it’s important to support and heal joints from the inside out through diet, antioxidants and natural supplements.”

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Natural supplements to support healthy joints

Turmeric and glucosamine chondroitin have been clinically tested and shown to be effective for maintaining joint health. Turmeric has been used for centuries in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to decrease pain naturally by blocking some of the same compounds that analgesics do and eases inflammation. It can be taken as once-a-day chewable gummies, available from Webber Naturals.

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Meanwhile, glucosamine chondroitin supplements combine two different and complementary elements to relieve osteoarthritic joint pain and protect existing cartilage from further deterioration. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are natural building blocks in this type of tissue, which serves as a thick, slippery cushion between bones. When this cushion begins to disappear, joint pain may occur. To slow the progression, Dr. Johnson says glucosamine and chondroitin are two things that can rebuild the damaged cartilage.

With so many supplements available, it can be confusing to know which are safe and effective. Her advice is to buy from a trusted and reputable brand, like Webber Naturals, which include an NPN number on the package. “This number shows that the product follows Health Canada regulations,” explains Dr. Johnson. “It’s an indication that any health claims have been supported by clinical research.”

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Why you should choose Canadian-made supplements

Some people may be surprised to learn that Webber Naturals is a family-run Canadian company, that has been creating safe, natural and high-quality products for over 70 years. It still has its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in British Columbia. It has a proven track record of producing safe and effective supplements formulated to exceed Health Canada and international regulations. Webber Naturals has its own team of experts who ensure all supplements are tested for quality, purity and potency. As well, the company includes locally grown ingredients in its products. “Webber Naturals grows a lot of the herbs and ingredients themselves,” says Dr. Johnson. “Our echinacea, for example, is grown in the Okanagan Valley.”

The company goes a step further by embracing a truly natural approach to supplements. Its products are free from pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and solvents. They are non-GMO compliant and do not contain artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. In addition, Webber Naturals prioritizes being an advocate for the environment. To help mitigate climate change, it has partnered with Carbonzero to become carbon neutral. Its sustainable practices mean that ingredients are ethically sourced, whether it’s fish oil or calcium.

When it’s time to purchase supplements to support your health, follow Dr. Johnson’s advice. Buy Canadian, look for the NPN number, follow the recommended dosage and choose Webber Naturals.

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