Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and assist movements such as walking, running, and even picking your nose.
Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your daily life, and cause a lot of pain.
As we age, illnesses such as arthritis can affect joint movement and mobility.
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, and can manifest in many different forms. Most of them cause pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the most common forms of arthritis.
Symptoms can range from mild discomfort every time you move, to pain so severe, that joint movement and mobility are compromised.
Because arthritis usually causes pain in areas around the hips and knees, a person's ability to perform even the most basic of movements, such as standing and walking, can be challenged.
Arthritis mainly affects people in the age group of 50-66, though it is seen in every age group. It is found in men, women and children.
But it is not all gloom and doom if you have arthritis. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, there are standard treatments, and now, emerging studies have shown that extracts from the green-lipped mussel could be a safe and effective solution for joint problems.
It has been found that these mussels contain a natural joint-ageing enzyme inhibitor, which can help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Some experts claim that they can also be taken to prevent or slow down the joint deterioration process that occurs naturally with age.