A third of those questioned in a OnePoll survey say they “play less sport because of joint pain”

New research claims that half (50% of those questioned) of sports enthusiasts are concerned about the impact playing sport might have on the health of their joints in the future. With those aged 45-54 (62% of those questioned) and 25-34 (50%) being the most worried about the effects[i].  The least worried are the 18-24’s (45%).

The survey, conducted for Body Elements by OnePoll, also highlights the impact poor joint health has on people who exercise, a third (33%) play less sport because of joint pain, over a quarter (28%) have to change the type of sport they play because of joint pain and over a fifth (22%) have to cut the amount of time they spend playing sport as a result of the condition.

Other results from the survey show:

  • There is no north-south divide when it comes to joint pain sufferers; both the South East and the North West are the regions that worry most about the effects of joint health in the future.
  • The impact of joint pain effects men and women differently, with almost half of men (45%) more likely to play less sport as result of suffering, compared to only a quarter (25%) of women. Yet a third (31%) of women are more likely to change to a low impact sport as a result of joint pain, compared to only a quarter of men (25%).
  • Over half (56%) of those surveyed also felt that if there was a supplement that protected their joints they would feel more confident about playing sport.

Weakness in bones, joints and connective tissues are the most significant causes of muscle pain and illness in the UK. More than 10 million adults (6 million women and 4 million men) consult their GP each year with arthritis related conditions. This becomes more common with age, with 1 in 10 people aged 15-24 seeking a GP consultation each year with a musculoskeletal problem, rising to 1 in 3 people over 75 seeking consultation[ii].

Natural health and nutrition expert Dr Sarah Brewer explains: “The highest concentration of Silicon in the body is found in connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage. This is because it is essential to strengthen structural proteins such as Collagen and Elastin, which are essential for healthy bones and joints. Silicon also encourages the deposition of Calcium into bones, keeping them healthy and strong.

“If you do not absorb enough Silicon from your diet, then joint health is likely to be affected. The formation of new, strong, joint cartilage is reduced and bones can become more brittle.

“A liquid Silicon supplement in an easily absorbable form, helps to increase the levels of Silicon in the body and helps to keep bones and joints healthy.”

It has been proven that as we age the levels of Silicon in our bodies decline[iii]. When we are young our tissues absorb and maintain high levels of Silicon and simultaneously our bodies remain flexible and resilient. But as we age our Silicon levels decrease and we begin to exhibit signs of aging such as stiff or sore joints, weaker bones and lack of energy.

A new and unique supplement called Body Elements, made from a stable, bio-available Silicic Acid (a compound of Silicon) solution, is set to improve the daily misery of stiff joints, with research showing long term use can help bone formation as well as maintain healthy joints[iv].

We don’t need to age before we start using a Silicon supplement. In fact, using a supplement such as Body Elements when we are younger can help keep our joints, muscles and bones healthy in later life.  It is also a great way to help keep you in good shape if you play any sports and may help speed up recovery from injuries.

Rupert Jonker, ex professional rugby player, explains:

“I played professional rugby four years ago before I had an operation to reconstruct my knee. After having the operation I found I really struggled to get back to my full fitness.

“Since taking Body Elements I have been back to the gym and found my knee has no sign of swelling after a workout. I have also been able to start running again and even managed to get up to a distance of 5.5k recently.

“After not being able to do any hard training for two years I’m finally feeling more like myself again.”

The unique Body Elements supplement, made from a stable, bio-available Silicic Acid (a compound of Silicon) solution, is the first of its kind and uses a combination of essential elements including Boron, Calcium, MSM Sulphur, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. These elements have all been carefully selected as it is precisely the combination and synergy of these elements, and the manner in which they are linked, that makes Body Elements so effective and enables the body to absorb it better than any other Silicon product on the market.

Research has shown adding Silicon, Selenium and Zinc to the daily diet improves resistance and elasticity within the body. This could help in terms of suffering fewer diseases and bone related and connective tissue injuries1.

[i] Impact of sport on joint health survey of 500 adults 01.08.2011.

[ii] Royal College of General Practioners – Birmingham Research Unit. Annual prevalence report 2006. http://www.rcgp.org.uk/pdf/Annual%20prevalence%20report%202006.pdf [Date accessed: 1-1-2008].


[iii] Edith Muriel Carlisle , Science of The Total Environment, Volume 73, Issues 1-2, 1 July 1988, Pages 95-106
Organosilicon and related group IV species in the aquatic environment

[iv] Tim D Spector1, Mario R Calomme*2, Simon H Anderson3, Gail Clement1, Liisa Bevan1, Nathalie Demeester2, Rami Swaminathan4,Ravin Jugdaohsingh5,6,7, Dirk A Vanden Berghe2 and Jonathan J Powell7. June 2008. Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid supplementation as an adjunct to Calcium/Vitamin D3 stimulates markers of bone formation in osteopenic females: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial

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