Osteoarthritis Is Inflammatory

Osteoarthritis Is Inflammatory

Yes, osteoarthritis really is inflammatory.

Most medical doctors and other health care providers have been taught for years and years that osteoarthritis (OA) is from wear-and-tear or from trauma. This fits a narrative in our society that damage and problems are always the fault of others. This also fits a narrative in professional schools that does not include anything about nutrition, prevention or overall wellness.

However, the current state of research and the current body of knowledge in basic and clinical science speaks to the completely inflammatory nature of OA. Indeed, the commonly thought reasons for OA are simply offshoots of inflammation.

How Prevalent Is Osteoarthritis

OA is the most common reason for disability worldwide right now.  It is the leading cause of chronic pain in our country and globally. Genetic factors seem to the be one of the strong determinants of suffering from OA.

Studies of identical twins have illustrated this. If one twin works in manual labor and is very active, while the other twin has a desk job and is inactive, their lumbar MRIs look the same. This indicates that ‘wear-and-tear’ is not really the culprit. Likewise, if one twin had trauma (as in a car accident) and another did not, again the MRIs are the same (Spine 2006). This indicates that trauma generally is also not the reason for OA. So what is?

Often, we think OA is an inevitable part of aging. OA must be like wrinkles and grey hair then, correct? However, certain populations around the world have little to no pain and are active well into the 90s and beyond. They do not have nearly the same numbers of joint replacement surgery that we have here.

Many older adults have absolutely no problem with OA at all. The Blue Zone populations complain about arthritis far less than do we, and they live into the 100s on a regular basis. So, arthritis can’t be inevitable and only due to aging then.

Osteoarthritis Is A Cartilage Disease

OA is considered a non-communicable chronic disease; that is, you can’t ‘catch’ OA. OA is basically a disease of damaged cartilage.

Articular (joint) cartilage is made of a very specialized connective tissue. It is comprised of collagen, chondrocytes, an extracellular matrix, smaller proteins like aggrecan, proteoglycan, cartilage oligomatrix protein, glycoproteins, water and fibronectin. There are also biologically active enzymes and cytokines present. Some enzymes function to degrade cartilage, some function in matrix turnover, some will stimulate the chondrocytes to make more cartilage and others manage the inflammatory environment of the joint itself. OA is a disease of the entire joint; it affects the bone, synovium, ligaments, fascia and the cartilage.

Genes associated with tissue metabolism are active for cartilage. Changes in the genes will trigger changes that lead to disorders in the cellular functional pathways. For example, the initiation and progression of OA can cause changes in the nf-kB pathway. This pathway is one of the primary drivers of chronic and low-grade inflammation. Different abnormalities that occur in regulatory proteins and genes lead to cartilage calcification and degradation.

Cartilage disease, like OA, is accompanied by synovitis. Synovitis is the inflammation of the lining of the joint capsule. Each joint has a capsule around it that contains the joint and the joint fluids. The synovial lining releases cytokines and matrix-degenerating enzymes into the joint and this leads to cartilage damage and the synovial cells continue to proliferate and produce even more damaging proteins. This, of course, results in progressive degeneration of the joint and joint tissues. The environment of increased levels of matrix metalloproteinases is responsible for the high level of proinflammatory cytokines that go on to damage the joint.

Today, many drug companies are looking for MMP-blocking agents to stop the cycle of inflammation. Another direction that drug companies are heading is toward blocking the smaller cytokines (IL-1, IL-6) that induce the MMPs to damage the cartilage.

Inflammation Is The Cause

Adipose tissue hormones and synovial products cause intense inflammation and are key to the development of OA. There is a correlation between the presence of inflammatory mediators and the development and progression of OA. It is well-known now that inflammation in the joint tissues is key for the start and progression of arthritis; the levels of inflammation also directly correlate to the levels of pain and dysfunction.  

There are inflammatory markers that can be checked in serum to assess the activity level of the disease process. The overall balance of good and bad cartilage is disturbed in the pro-inflammatory environment of arthritis. There are higher levels of IL-1beta, IL-6, TNF-alpha that have been released by the damaged cartilage cells. These in turn induce more damage to cartilage cells. Worse, the inflammatory environment stops the chondrocytes from producing new matrix and cells as they should.

Joint trauma is often considered the cause of osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. After trauma, generally a surgeon will stabilize the joint. However, studies have shown that the re-stabilization of the joint does not reduce the risk of degeneration. This means that the problem is not the trauma, or even the change in shape or character of the joint.

Human studies have found that inflammatory mediators are very high just after an injury, but they also remain high later as compared to control groups. It has also been discovered that there is a protective role for the hemarthrosis (blood-joint) that forms after injury; this substance produces IL-10 and IL-4, both of which are protective of the joint and are there to counteract the effects of the increased levels of inflammatory proteins. More IL-10 is also found in joint fluids after exercise; it is known that exercise is also protective of joint tissues.

It is thought that in some people, the pro-inflammatory response that occurs just after injury is not controlled late. This is why some go on to form OA but not all do so. The ability to control and manage the inflammatory state of the joint has nothing to do with the trauma of course.

Other Factors That Influence Osteoarthritis

The strongest systemic influence on OA appears to be obesity. Obesity affects both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing joints, therefore the problem can’t simply be load. Likewise, people of the same height but with more muscle than fat tend to have less arthritis than the counterparts.

The problem with obesity is that adipose tissue produces and promotes inflammation. Inflammatory substances found in the serum of the obese include certain free fatty acids, cytokines, adipokines and reactive oxygen species are very prevalent with obesity. For example, leptin and adiponectin have catabolic and inflammatory influence on cartilage. Likewise, weight loss is known to reduce circulating levels of IL-6 and TNF-alpha. This is true with or without any sort of joint trauma.

Weight loss protects cartilage. The beneficial effects of exercise seen on joints in overfed mice was found to be due to a reduction in inflammatory mediators, not the actual loss of poundage.

Inflammation happens without trauma most of the time. Beside the inflammation caused by the systemic condition of obesity, there are other mechanisms of inflammation and OA.

The body will produce what are known as ‘danger signals’ in the setting of damaged tissues, abnormal proteins or DNA, or infection. For example, the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) will pick up on the danger signals made by the advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are damaging proteins caused by oxidative stress, inflammation and hyperglycemia. Likewise, they are consumed in most Americans’ diets on a daily basis. The AGEs actively damage collagen and induce the inflammation associated with OA.

This happens just by living and is not due to any sort of wear-and-tear or traumatic incident. Rather, the danger signals are simply from the levels of chronic inflammation and reactive oxygen species that are prevalent in most modern humans right now.

Adopting An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Simply eating a more anti-inflammatory diet can have a large effect on the pain and symptoms of arthritis.  A diet does nothing to change and so-called wear-and-tear, nor will a diet reverse any trauma or injury that may have occurred.

This leads one to wonder, how can what I eat modify the pain my joint feels? The answer is that the diet reduces the overall burden of the inflammatory proteins and the reactive oxygen species that are responsible for the pain of arthritis.

Foods found in the Mediterranean diet are high in omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, magnesium, fiber and olive oil (omega-9 fatty acids); all of these actively reduce the levels of inflammatory proteins in the body.  

Just two weeks after switching to a plant-based diet, a group of people with painful arthritis had less pain (Arthritis. 2015).  A research group followed 4000 patients for a different study and found that the ones that followed the Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop joint problems (Am S Nut. 2016). This means that arthritis must be caused by far more than simple wear-and-tear of life; it is clear that inflammation is the cause and most likely will be the cure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

[VIDEO] Natural Medicine Takes Time

[VIDEO] Natural Medicine Takes Time

As a physician in private practice, Dr. Meredith Warner’s goal is to help support her patients in improving their health and overall well-being. That’s why she founded Well Theory!

Our products are designed to help you achieve your health goals within the comfort of your own home and your daily routines. With the right support, you can establish your own wellness goals – and achieve them.

Give it time! Like all good things, holistic, natural medicines take time. At Well Theory, we don’t believe in quick fixes that can have harmful side effects. We want to help you build a better you, from the inside out.

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Tart Cherry Extract

A Powerhouse Supplement For Muscle Recovery & Inflammation Support

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, LOVES TART CHERRY! She developed these tart cherry supplements for those looking for natural pain relief without NSAIDs and recovery for overused muscles and joints.

Joint Health Multi

Dr. Meredith Warner’s new Joint Health Multi is designed to relieve sore joints while reducing inflammation over time with natural ingredients.

Highly absorbable & unique formulation with clinically studied ingredients to improve joint health, decrease joint discomfort, reduce pain, elevate brain health, and boost energy levels.

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[VIDEO] How Our Pain Relief Cream Works

Dr. Meredith Warner formulated her Pain Relief Cream with PEA, Menthol, Turmeric, and an essential oil blend to topically calm pain naturally. This pain-relieving formulas works on the surface of the skin and penetrates beneath it to relieve pain, inflammation, and irritations.

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Supportive Topical Therapy To Reduce Pain & Improve Range Of Motion

Dr. Warner’s new pain relief body cream helps relax and recover myofascial tissues, improve the range of motion of ligaments and muscles and cool away the pain with the deep, penetrating power of PEA, anti-inflammatory Essential Oils, and Menthol.

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Dr. Meredith Warner, Orthopedic Surgeon, enhanced this CBD cream with fragrant essential oil blend, Lidocaine, Menthol, and pure Full Spectrum CBD. The holistic blend in our CBD cream is designed to relieve pain on contact, and interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in your body to further regulate inflammation.

3 Easy Ways To Fight Inflammation

3 Easy Ways To Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a naturally-occurring process in the body. It is typically a sign that the body is fighting off disease or cleaning up tissue damage from use and injury, which is a good thing!

However, infection, disorders, injury, and more can increase these levels of inflammation and lead to long-lasting, serious issues. This happens when the immune system loses its normal balance and starts to create chronic inflammation.

Luckily, there are several ways that you can naturally and easily fight chronic inflammation at home.

HOW CAN INFLAMMATION

strike in the body?

Inflammation can show up in a number of different ways throughout the entire body. Most often, inflammation is felt in the joints. This can be caused by overuse, injury, and disease.

From arthritis to inflammatory conditions like cardiovascular disease, inflammation can attack the body inside and out.

Many people that suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis also understand the results of chronic inflammation and inflammation that attacks the body itself. Chronic inflammation in the joints generally causes swelling, pain, and damage to cartilage.

In the feet, you may experience inflammatory pain from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

  • Gout is a condition caused by an imbalance of uric acid in the body and the formation of uric acid crystals that build up in the joints. As the immune system attempts to rid the body of these crystals, it can cause pain from the inflammation in the affected area.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by the breakdown of the lining of the joints, or the synovium. This is when inflammation never stops and is always attacking the body itself.

Both conditions are chronic and cause chronic inflammation.

Other painful conditions can cause pain in the heel and radiate throughout the foot. Such conditions include:

  • Achilles tendonitis, caused by low-levels of chronic inflammation and the degeneration of the tendon connecting your calf muscle and heel together
  • and bursitis, the inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints, can cause pain in the heel and radiate throughout the foot.

HOW CAN I FIGHT INFLAMATION?

3 ways that you can fight inflammation with ease:

1. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU’RE EATING.

What you eat plays a huge part in the amount of inflammation your body takes on.

Eating a flavonoid-rich diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables is a sure-fire way to make sure that you are getting necessary natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants into your daily meals!

Look for recipes that use leafy greens, berries and grapes, fiber-rich nuts, and omega-3 fatty acid-packed fish like salmon and tuna.

2. TAKE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPPLEMENTS.

Daily supplementation is a fantastic practice to fight inflammation and further strengthen your system against future attacks! To protect against inflammation, look for supplements that are packed with anti-inflammatory capabilities, like our Well Theory products.

We try to provide products with both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities to give you the most optimal health possible.

Our Tart Cherry Extract Supplement is another great option for inflammation relief! Tart Cherry Extract is naturally antioxidant-rich, making it a fantastic weapon against the results of chronic inflammation.

This is one of the best, basic daily supplements for overall wellness you could give to your body and brain.

Dr. Warner is proud to offer these delicious Tart Cherry Extract Gummies designed to help you improve sleep patterns, joint mobility, muscle recovery, and getting your inflammation under control. 

This Restful Sleep Gummy not only may help you fall asleep, but may provide oxidative support to aid your body’s natural recovery from oxidative stress, low-grade inflammation, and more.

3. EXERCISE!

This should go without saying, but exercise is a great way to keep excess weight and pressure off of your muscle and joints! A minimum of thirty minutes of exercise each day, or at least four times a week, can do wonders for your full-body health and for fighting inflammation.

The real benefit of exercise is that it induces changes at the cellular level that promote free-radical scavenging and reduced levels of chronic inflammatory proteins.

Look for workout routines that are easy on your joints, like yoga and tai chi.

Don’t underestimate the power of simple choices like taking the stairs, parking further out at the grocery store, or even doing yard work!

These are three simple ways to control inflammation levels that you can build into your daily lifestyle. Pair this with getting lots of water throughout your day and plenty of restful sleep to keep your system free of stress and inflammation. Make these common practices for active, everyday relief!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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[VIDEO] Why You Should Take A Multivitamin For Arthritis

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This Essential Multivitamin contains essential vitamins and minerals to support healthy bones and joints. In addition, it also contains PEA, which your body naturally produces to relieve inflammation and pain, to add even more relief to your daily supplement intake.

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Essential Joint & Tissue Support Multivitamin

Good joint health starts with a healthy foundation. This powerhouse formula for improved nutrition, pain reduction, and anti-inflammatory support gives your body what it needs to build healthy bones, joints, and connective tissue.

Joint Health Multivitamin

This multi does more than any turmeric supplement on the market.

Expertly formulated with the correct ratios of Turmeric to Piperine (to aid absorption,) and fortified with anti-inflammatory Ginger and PEA for maximum benefits.

This multi is designed to improve joint health and function and deliver an effective dose of antioxidants with every dose!

[VIDEO] Empower Yourself With Natural Medicine

[VIDEO] Empower Yourself With Natural Medicine

Dr. Meredith Warner is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She uses traditional pharmaceutical medicines and performs surgery daily, but also believes in the power of natural medicine.

In her personal life and clinical practice, she has found that, in many cases, natural medicines are just as effective as more invasive procedures – and recommends these holistic methods to her patients daily.

This methodology is what inspired her to found Well Theory – so she could bring herbal remedies to those outside her clinic doors.

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CBD Multivitamin

This is one of the first products Dr. Meredith Warner formulated. This Full Spectrum CBD Vitamin is formulated with the essential vitamins and minerals many of us are lacking from our diets – and is enhanced with a dose of anti-inflammatory CBD.

Immune + Antioxidant Support

Dr. Meredith Warner’s Immune Boost Multi is the perfect addition to your wellness routine.

This multi is designed to deliver clinical doses of vitamins D3, C, and a powerful antioxidant boost with 500mg of quercetin. This multi contains higher doses than most available immunity supplements, with herbal ingredients conveniently added to the formulation for unmatched wellness support.

10 Reasons You Should Try Yoga

10 Reasons You Should Try Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of meditative exercise originating from India. The practice focuses on a series of stretches and poses that are combined with breathing exercises. There are many reasons why you should try yoga and here are ten important ones.

10 Reasons Why

you should start a daily yoga practice

1. ANYONE CAN DO IT

Many believe you have to be young and very flexible to practice yoga, but that is not true. Yoga is an all-inclusive exercise easily altered to suit your needs. No matter your age, gender, or physicality, yoga is for you.

READ MORE: WHY YOGA IS BENEFICIAL AT ANY AGE & ABILITY

As we age, balance is one thing that begins to leave us. Without balance, you are prone to tripping and falling and therefore to breaking bones or spraining ligaments.

Yoga has been proven to improve balance, thus reducing fall risk.

2. IT’S LOW IMPACT

Yoga is a relatively low impact exercise. This is one reason why yoga is popular with people who have certain conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Yoga does not normally put an excess or adverse strain on the body as it encourages gentle transitions between poses. If a pose ever causes any pain, alter it to accommodate your body’s needs.

3. IT REDUCES STRESS

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress. The combination of poses and breathing exercises can help lower blood pressure and ease the body into a more relaxing state of being.

4. IMPROVES YOUR MOOD

Studies have shown that regularly practicing yoga can improve one’s mood. Individuals have reported feeling happier and better about themselves.

5. EASES PAIN

Knee, back, and other pain can be eased by regular yoga exercises. Yoga poses target areas of the body promoting stretching. Downward dog and upward dog are two of the most popular and well-known yoga poses that stretch and alleviate back pain.

6. IMPROVES BREATHING

One of the lesser known yoga techniques involves strategic forms of breathing. Well timed and focused breathes during poses and transitions during a yoga series improve your breathing.

7. BUILDS STRENGTH

If there is a muscle, you are hoping to strengthen there are more than likely one or more yoga poses that engage that muscle. Many yoga poses target muscles not be used to engaging. Stretching and working these muscles will help you strengthen your body.

8. IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY

Yoga’s gentle repetitive stretches throughout the body’s muscles can loosen tense muscles, making you more flexible. You might think you have to be flexible to try yoga, but it’s the other way around. Yoga promotes body flexibility.

9. REDUCES RISK OF INJURY

By strengthening muscles and building flexibility through regular yoga practice, your body will have a lower risk of injury in the future.

10. IMPROVES POSTURE

Some of your lesser engaged muscles that you strengthen through yoga will help you improve your posture. Poses that strengthen the shoulders and upper back encourage your body to maintain a more proper and healthy posture throughout your day.

PRACTICE YOGA DAILY

for a healthier body + mind

Try yoga. It’s focused breathing, gentle stretching, and muscle targeting will help you achieve a healthier body and mind. 

You can easily join a yoga studio or practice at home to begin your yoga routine. Don’t feel that yoga isn’t for you; it can be for anyone willing to try.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

[VIDEO] How Free Radicals Can Damage Your Immune System

[VIDEO] How Free Radicals Can Damage Your Immune Health

Oxidative stress can negatively impact your immune system – leaving you vulnerable to illness.

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Herbal Immunity Defense

Dr. Meredith Warner’s Herbal Immunity Defense gives your immune system a fighting chance. Developed with clean and potent ingredients including Elderberry, Echinacea, Quercetin, Schisandra, and more – your body will have its best shot at fighting off invaders & promoting optimal wellness.

Immune + Antioxidant Support

Dr. Meredith Warner’s Immune Boost Multi is the perfect addition to your wellness routine.

This multi is designed to deliver clinical doses of vitamins D3, C, and a powerful antioxidant boost with 500mg of quercetin. This multi contains higher doses than most available immunity supplements, with herbal ingredients conveniently added to the formulation for unmatched wellness support.

[VIDEO] This Surgeon-Designed CBD Oil Helps Fight Oxidative Stress

[VIDEO] This Surgeon-Designed CBD Oil Helps Fight Oxidative Stress

CBD is packed with natural antioxidants to help you ward off oxidative stress.

This CBD Oil Tincture gives you an easily customizable dosage of pure Broad Spectrum CBD. Dr. Meredith Warner designed this tincture to help you find a fast-absorbing source of CBD, so you can experience its benefits and get back to the things you love.

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CBD Oil Tincture

Our Hemp-Derived Broad Spectrum CBD oil enters the bloodstream to exert its anti-inflammatory and balancing effects by engaging the endocannabinoid system.

Total Nervous System Health Support

The ingredients in this Multivitamin work together to benefit the body’s natural systems of healing for pain relief, reduced inflammation, and improved overall wellness.

CBD works via the endocannabinoid system, a master regulatory system for the entire body, by stimulating and binding to various receptors throughout the brain and body.

Why Tart Cherry Extract Should Be Part Of Your Yoga Routine

Why Tart Cherry Extract Should Be Part Of Your Yoga Routine

Yoga has many incredible health benefits. These benefits range from improvements in mental health to well-described and researched benefits for physical health as well.

A 2012 review found that “mind-body exercise, such as yoga, couples sustained muscular activity with internally directed focus, producing a temporary self-contemplative mental state. It also triggers neurohormonal mechanisms that bring about health benefits, evidenced by the suppression of sympathetic activity. 

Thus, it reduces stress and anxiety, improves autonomic and higher neural center functioning and even, as shown in some studies, improves physical health of cancer patients.” 

If you already have a yoga routine, or would like to start a daily yoga practice, here is one addition Dr. Warner recommends for enhancing your practice and its health benefits.

Tart Cherry Extract: Plant-Based Antioxidant Benefits

Tart cherries and deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of flavonols and anthocyanins. These phytochemicals have powerful health benefits. They are antioxidant, which means they empower your body to ward off oxidative stress.

Read more: 5 Things To Know About Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

The impact of oxidative stress is still being studied, but the most common detrimental effects include fatigue, widespread inflammation, “brain fog,” increased susceptibility to illness, and more.

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals are left unchecked. You get free radicals from your body’s natural processes, like when it breaks down oxygen in your cells. However, you can also get free radicals from pollution, lack of sleep, heavy metal consumption, poor diet and other lifestyle factors. 

Free radicals are unpaired electrons that, as they move through the body looking for new pairs, can damage surrounding cells.

Your body naturally produces antioxidants to combat this, but often we aren’t producing enough. This makes supplementing with antioxidants, particularly natural, plant-based ones like tart cherry extract, essential for prolonged wellness.

The Perfect Addition To Your Yoga Routine

Tart Cherry Extract’s antioxidant nature makes it a great supplement for daily antioxidant intake, but it also is especially beneficial for recovering after your daily workout.

Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, which is what your body produces to prepare itself for restful, healing sleep. 

This is why we recommend taking our Tart Cherry Extract in the evenings! It will not make you drowsy, but instead preps your body for healing rest. Most of your brain’s healing activities happen while you’re asleep, so boosting it with antioxidants helps support your brain’s essential “housekeeping” tasks.

The antioxidants within our Tart Cherry Extract also have anti-inflammatory benefits as well. 

Yoga is usually not overly strenuous, but if you are attempting challenging poses, this supplement will help ease muscle tension and pain for faster recovery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation