The great news is that keeping going – training wise – into our middle and older years has so many physiological and mental benefits.

Between the ages of 30 and 60, actual physical decline can be minimised. However, our bodies do become subject to more wear and tear and we can suffer from greater joint and muscle stiffness and complain more and more about those “old aches and pains”.

So what can the older weekend warrior consume to remain fighting fit? Sulphur – believe it or not – is an essential ingredient for our health. Sulphur is present in specific amino acids, such as taurine and cysteine, and as inorganic free sulphate and loosely bonded sulphate, as found in dietary sulphate – both sources have been shown to play a key role in joint health.

Specifically it’s been identified that free sulphate and loosely bonded sulphate can assist with the synthesis of taurine and cysteine and the production of chondroitin sulphate. Chondroitin is a key element in joint health as it promotes elasticity in cartilage.

A visit to your health store will reveal products such as glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate (and amalgams of the two). Research has identified that these supplements can be beneficial to joint health.

One survey dealing with glucosamine indicated that it was highly effective at reducing joint pain and reduced the joint narrowing that occurs with degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. A further study that used 1500mgs of glucosamine supplementation daily found that there was no further joint narrowing at the end of the survey.

As indicated chondroitin can assist with joint elasticity – one research survey administered 800mgs to patients with knee degeneration. At the end of the year’s study period the subjects had increased mobility levels, reduced knee pain and stabilised markers of bone and joint metabolism.

So, if you want to keep your joints mobile and pain-free (or at least with reduced pain) then supplementing with sulphur-based products such as chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine sulphate could well be worth a try.