As I took my car in for an oil change the other day, I found myself thinking about the value of preventive maintenance. After all, the whole reason I take the car in for regular oil changes is to extend the life of the engine and hopefully reduce my chances of ever seeing the dreaded check engine light. In many ways, the body is much same.

While I think most of us would agree there’s great value in preventive health, there are some areas where it seems we often wait for the ‘check engine light’, or uncomfortable symptoms, to appear. One of the most common areas of procrastination is joint health.

Too often, people who enjoy walking, hiking, running or other physical activity wait until they ‘tweak’ something or have pain before they think about their joints. The truth of it is, whether you are experiencing pain or not, a life of physical activity is wearing on your joints. The earlier you begin to address the health of your joints, the better your results will be.

When we look at prolonging the health of the joint, we’re really talking about two things – controlling inflammation and nourishing cartilage. A product called Solgar No. 7 (purchase here) is an excellent choice as it addresses both needs in one product.  Solgar No. 7 helps combat inflammation with extracts of boswellia, turmeric, ginger and white willow while providing essential nutrients for joints including UC-II Standardized Cartilage and vitamin C. Solgar No.7 has demonstrated improvement in joint comfort within just seven days.

Please note, Solgar No.7 is best suited for preventive use or someone who occasionally experiences mild ‘tweaks’ and stiffness. If your symptoms are more persistent, please stop in to discuss other scientifically validated options.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.