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Dietary Supplements Help Keep Bodies in Motion

running-573762_1280Physical activity provides long term benefits for your health and wellness, so to help you stay physically active as you age, there are many components to consider, including dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). In particular, protein, glucosamine/chondroitin and ginseng are three dietary supplements that serve different purposes, but can be healthful tools for helping bodies stay in motion.

Protein is critical for the body’s muscles to function, especially as we age. According to Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN, “What many people don’t know is that protein supplements can play an important role in healthy aging because they can help preserve skeletal muscle mass in the elderly.” Three common types of protein are whey, soy and rice. Whey proteins are dairy byproducts, so vegan protein supplements, such as soy, rice and pea, may be the more appropriate option for those with dairy allergies or dietary preferences.

Another consequence of aging is joint pain, which can be a cause of immobility for many. Glucosamine/chondroitin is a supplement with a long track record of safely helping provide relief for people with joint discomfort. A new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found glucosamine chondroitin to be effective in helping people with knee osteoarthritis and severe pain.

Finally, all bodies need energy to move and ginseng, an herbal supplement, has been traditionally used to support healthy energy levels. “Known as an adaptogenic herb, ginseng can be used to help our bodies re-adjust and find balance, whether from stress, fatigue or another outside factor,” said Dr. MacKay.

Whether its protein, glucosamine/chondroitin, ginseng or some other dietary supplement, consider them just one piece of the overall health puzzle and incorporate them along with other healthy habits. It is also important to talk with your doctor or other health care practitioner about the types of various dietary supplements that will work for you, because everyone’s needs are different.


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplements and @wannabewell and on Facebook.

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