The Nutrients That Gave Me My Life Back

Are you fed up with taking pain pills or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories every day just to move in the morning? Let alone be able to work out or exercise again? I know exactly what it feels like because I have been there too. After suffering from right knee arthritis pain and lower back pain I have finally found some nutrients that completely changed my life. This has been bothering me since my high school days. I ended up hurting both knees my senior year. I tore some cartilage in my left knee meniscus and had surgery. No more than six weeks later, when I was wrestling, I tore cartilage in my right knee and had surgery on that.

It all healed up but then as I got through college, I started to engage in the sport of power lifting. Weightlifting had always been really important to me and I had always been big on trying to stay healthy. Powerlifting was so much fun because you could lift as much weight as you want based on your body weight. You competed in the squat, bench press, and dead lift. It was really cool. But when you push your body that hard, eventually you get hurt. That happened to me back in 1999; I tore some cartilage in my right knee. This was a different kind of pain; I still remember what happened.

Here’s What Happened

I was in the gym getting ready by training for an upcoming National Competition in Chicago. I had just placed second at the Lifetime Drug-Free Powerlifting Nationals in St. Louis the year before, 1998. I was really eyeing the number one spot. I was nationally ranked and just really churning away with my workouts and training program. One day I was in the gym warming up and I twisted wrong. I felt this sharp pain in my right knee and I ignored it at first, continuing to train through but it got worse. My form was only a little bit off. I know now we’re never supposed to ignore pain. But when you’re getting ready for a national competition, you kind of do what you have to do.

The next thing I know, this pain wouldn’t let me squat. It was waking me up at night. I couldn’t go up and down stairs. At that time, I was squatting over 700 pounds, if you could believe that. I was also weighing in at a body weight of over 290-pounds back in those days. I’m like a hundred pounds lighter so what you see right now was not where I was back in 1999. The pain started to limit me. I couldn’t squat or get my workouts in. When I was handling the heavier weights, it felt like a knife was going through there. I started living on Ibuprofen and Motrin; the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. I was taking more and more every day just to be able to lift. Finally, I had enough and went to an orthopedic surgeon friend of mine to look at it.

The Doctors Findings

He ended up doing a knee scope and found I had torn a chunk of cartilage off the femur; This is what’s called articular cartilage. He did a procedure some of you may know, called a microfracture surgery.

He isolated the section where the cartilage tore off the bone and trimmed it back. Then he drilled little holes into the bone, which fractures it and creates this bleeding blood clot causing the stem cells within to form this fibrocartilage patch. It’s not the same thing as the original cartilage, but it at least covers the exposed bone.

Over time, I found it doesn’t make it like new. It fixes the problem for day-to-day life, but keeps you from being able to get back into the higher level of competition. That knee injury ended my power lifting career. Even though I could walk and climb steps, I continued to have right knee pain on and off with early onset arthritis from 1999 all the way to 2016. I couldn’t run or jump. If I did get down on my hands and knees to play with my kids, it would bother me and create pain. I would pay for it. I couldn’t go water skiing or snow skiing. There were even times where I would wake up, step out of bed in the morning, and it would snap, crack or pop. It would really hurt! I started gaining weight. It just impacted my life in such a negative way.

At that point I was at the end of my rope and just accepted it saying this is just how my knee is going to be. I’ve got some arthritis. I had this injury back in 1999 and it’s just how it is, you know?

It Is What It Is… Or Is It?

In 2016 I was introduced by a friend of mine to this joint supplement called Joint Nutra Care. When he told me about this I thought, “yeah, what’s this really going to do?” I had tried other supplements, treatments, taping and even therapy. It just didn’t fix any of it! I figured it was just a structural problem.

At the same time, I thought, “what do I have to lose?” So, I started taking Joint Nutra Care in 2016. After the first couple months of taking it, I didn’t really think I noticed that much. My knee was just kind of what it was.

After I had been on it for a couple of months, I ended up going to a conference for physical therapy. We have to maintain and continue educating ourselves as physical therapists. The conference was a very physical conference. It was on the introduction of martial arts and yoga movements and how you can incorporate them in your therapy practice. We were doing a lot of physical movements involving kicking and yoga. It was a three-day conference. On day two I was in the hotel room; I started walking and squatting down. The funny thing was, I didn’t have any pain! This was really weird. I was kind of like wow, I didn’t even think about it before.

Testing the Waters

I started challenging my knee; Trying to twist, squat, and kneel. You know, how it is. It’s like let me test this thing out! None of it hurt. I finished the conference and got through it with no pain; There should have had pain on day one. I thought, “well, there’s something going on and I haven’t done anything different. So, what is this? It’s got to be the supplement Joint Nutra Care.”

When I got home, I decided to test this out. I stopped taking the supplement and guess what? My pain came back within a couple of weeks after quitting the supplement. I knew then the supplement was working and alleviating the pain. It was giving me more motion, decreasing the inflammation, and helping keep the cartilage healthy. So, I went back on Joint Nutra Care.

In just the last year I have actually lost more weight. I’ve been able to exercise; I had not been able to run for over 28 years. I had not run since I got out of the Army clear back in 1992! Of course, from 1992 to 1999, I didn’t run because I didn’t want to, but after my knee injury, I didn’t run because I couldn’t. It physically was too painful. The impact loading was just a killer.

Now I’m running about two and a half miles three times a week. I’ve been doing that almost the last year. It has helped tremendously in decreasing my weight. I don’t have any pain. I’ve been able to go hiking. I’ve been able to go back to biking.

My physical activity has given my life back to me. This is why I want to share these key nutrients with you. It’s not just me, this supplement has helped other people as well.

What Is So Special About The Nutrients In This Joint Nutra Care Formula?

First off, this stuff is all natural. None of it is artificial. None of it is fabricated. This stuff is all natural, which means it does not come with side effects. It is not going to hurt you.

The thing that’s most important, especially as being a physical therapist, is this stuff is research and evidence based. The supplements, ingredients, and nutrients that go into it have all been vetted and researched. They all have evidence of reducing pain, reducing inflammation, increasing joint mobility, as well as increasing and improving the viscosity of the synovial fluid. All of the things your joints need in order for you to get your life back. They are just going to continue to degenerate if you don’t do something and that was the track I was on. It’s why I’m so passionate about sharing my story and this information with you.

My experience is another point on why this supplement is so special. It has given me my life back. It is giving me more activity. I have been able to go for runs, go hiking with my kids, biking, snow skiing, and even water skiing. I’ve been able to get back into all of the things I thought were gone forever. I’m only 50 years old so I’ve still got a lot of life left to go.

Why Am I Talking About These Nutrients?

I just mentioned it before. Listen, my passion is my mission. This is my calling: To end chronic pain, restore hope, and help each of my clients reach for that higher level of health.

I’m just sick and tired of my clients and patients getting dependent on their nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and pain pills just so they can function in day-to-day life. I have seen this over the course of my 25-year career. It has happened again and again! Folks come in to see me and they can’t function if they’re not taking Aleve, Motrin, or Celebrex. They can’t even get out of bed, climb stairs, or walk across the living room without it. Even with the things we show them in physical therapy, they sometimes still need those anti-inflammatories and pain pills just to function.

When folks go in for surgery, they have to stop taking their non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and are miserable for an entire month. Every single joint in their body starts to hurt. No one is sharing this information with them! No one is coming out and saying, “Hey, listen. There are some natural supplements with natural ingredients you could be taking that aren’t very expensive and don’t have after effects or any issues. They’re going to help you feel better. They’re going to help your joints be lubricated, less painful, stronger, and provide more movement. Plus, you don’t have to take an anti-inflammatory anymore. Which isn’t healthy for you because it increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and gastrointestinal issues.”

We don’t have health care in this country, we have sick care. We’re waiting until things break and then we fix it. We’re waiting until we have problems with our heart blood pressure; Then we do something about it.

I’m Tired of That!

I’m trying to get out the message… Preventative maintenance works. Why do you want to wait for things in your body to break down? You can start doing things right now, which are proven to improve what you have now and keep it from getting worse. All right, that’s enough of my soap box.

Joint Nutra Care Formula Two: Ingredients

Last time we talked about two ingredients, Olive Leaf Extract and Reverse Vine. In case you missed it, I really highly recommend you go back and catch up on last week’s episode called Can You Heal Your Joints Naturally?

Secret Nutrients: Pomegranate Seed Extract

These seeds are amazing, they have a list of health benefits that are all proven in studies. In fact, in 2014, Advanced Biomedical Research published the article “Potent Health Effects of Pomegranate” located at this link.

Pomegranate Seed Extract is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. It releases the enzyme known as Cox-2. Some of you may know about Cox-2. That’s because Cox-2 is an enzyme responsible for inflammation in the body. The inhibitors that came out on the market quite a few years back (Celebrex, Bextra, and Vioxx) include it. There are huge lawsuits regarding Bextra and Vioxx due to the number of deaths linked to taking those medications. In fact, those medications have been removed and are not even offered anymore. Pharmaceutical companies faced huge and suffered tremendous lawsuits with big dollar settlements, because they knew these medications had those potential side effects. They downplayed it and hid it; They didn’t let anybody know.

The thing is, these medicines did work. They did alleviate the inflammation, but it came at a cost. Celebrex is still available on the market but all three of those medications increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Like I said, those medications did reduce inflammation, but came at a cost.

Pomegranate seed extract reduces the Cox-2 enzyme by 30%. It reduces inflammation naturally without side effects or danger to your health.

“Potent Health Effects of Pomegranate” Study

This study also showed pomegranate seed extract preserves the cartilage cells by reducing… And I’m going to go a little technical here with you… By reducing the production of Nitric Oxide and what is called Prostaglandin E2. It reduced the production of those two by 70%! The production of Nitric Oxide and Prostaglandin E2 actually causes cartilage to degenerate.

Not only does pomegranate seed extract reduce the inflammation and preserve the health of cartilage, it was also shown to have anti-cancer properties! It showed that it inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells and even stimulated the programed death of breast cancer cells. How about that?

Punicic Acid

Pomegranate seed oil also contains punicic acid, which has been shown to inhibit breast cancer proliferation. Further research also suggests pomegranate juice may slow the growth of prostate cancer in men. So, you guys out there, this stuff’s good for you too. Not only does this pomegranate extract reduce inflammation, preserve the life of cartilage cells, prevent cancer, but it also lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Can your Celebrex do that? No. It actually increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and death. Pomegranate seed extract does this all naturally without any side effects. Nature can provide the nutrients we need to heal and stay that way.

By the way, speaking of healing, naturally, if you’re experiencing back or hip pain that is getting in the way of your life, you have to check out our Back Pain Breakthrough Session. In this session, you’re going to find out what the root cause of your problem is. You’re going to get treatment and you’re going to feel better immediately. All you got to do is just click Here and take that first step at getting your life back.

Until next time. Power Your Life and keep moving forward.

I am a Physical Therapist and CEO/Owner of Flex Physical Therapy.