We have had a lot of new joint health supplements join the healthyonline range. Read on to find out more about these
Joint Health Supplements
As I am getting older, I really am not as agile as I used to be and I am noticing a lot more inflammation in my body and especially in my joints.
We have had a number of highly researched ingredients being marketed by individual health supplement companies and these are the ones I wanted to share with you today.
UC-II -Undenatured Type II Collagen. Type II collagen is the primary component of cartilage. Unlike other collagen or joints products, UC-II collagen deactivates collagen-specific T-cells (ie cells that attack collagen) allowing the body to reduce inflammation and rebuild and repair articular cartilage. This ingredient is found in the product Joint Active with UC-II
NEM® Eggshell Membrane. Studies have shown that the Scientifically researched ingredient NEM may help support joint comfort and flexibility starting from just 10 days after taking it! NEM is the only eggshell membrane ingredient with multiple published safety and efficacy studies for joint health. Multiple human studies show fast and continued results for joint comfort and flexibility with a small 500 mg daily dose. You can find NEM in the Joint Health Supplement Joint Care Advanced.
Collagen Hydrolysate. We all know about collagen for its help in keeping us looking more youthful, but more and more companies are now promoting collagen for its benefit in connective tissue regeneration and repair and particularly for repair of cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The body’s ability to repair supporting connective tissue (bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, hair and nails) diminishes in ones mid twenties. Collagen contains amino acids such as glycine, lysine and proline which are important amino acids and can be used by the body to build connective tissue structures to support the functions of the cells.
Hydrolyzed Collagen is beneficial in replacing the synovial fluids between the joints and secondly, to repair and build cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress. Our bodies are made up of 30% collagen of which 70% of these proteins are connective tissue made of collagen.
Univestin™ UP446. This is not an ingredient, but a proprietary patented combination of 2 herbs Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu, found in the product Cararthron. Twice daily Cararthron was evaluated for 12 weeks in a randomized, double blind, active-comparator study against Naproxen (A doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory drug that also comes in the over the counter pharmacy product Sonaflam), in 220 subjects with moderate to severe osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
The conclusion from the initial analysis revealed that Cararthron was as effective in managing the signs and symptoms of Osteo Arthritis of the knee, as Naproxen. These trends became stronger the longer the subjects continued on the Cararthron.
Curcumin. We hear about turmeric and its benefits as an anti inflammatory, but the main part of turmeric root that provides these properties is the curcuminoids and particularly curcumin. In Ayurvedic medicine Turmeric root extract has been used for “all intestinal infections and mucus conditions,” for reducing pathogenic bacteria and for treating dyspepsia. The digestive stimulant properties are also reflected in Western herbal medicine usage, where turmeric is also used for poor liver function and is recognised to have antimicrobial and carminative (relieve gas) properties.
As an anti inflammatory, Curcumin has helped in conditions such as in allergies, arthritis, asthma, bursitis, connective tissue disorders, Crohns disease, symptoms of gout, inflammatory bowel disease (post operative inflammation), pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, ulcerative colitis & uveitis. You can read more about the benefits of Curcumin here.
We stock Meriva Curcumin which uses a patented Phytosome® technology which enhances the absorption of the curcumins.
The manufacturers of Meriva tell us “The Phytosome® technology helps enhance bioavailability. The technology binds each curcumin molecule with one or more molecules of the nutrient PC (phosphatidylcholine), to make molecular complexes called phytosomes. Curcumin molecules in the Meriva® phytosome complexes are more stable against breakdown, and mix far better into water, so that they are better absorbed when taken orally.
The PC molecules in the phytosomes serve as a “delivery vehicle” or “chaperone” that not only chemically protects the curcumin molecules, but also markedly increases their absorption because PC itself is well absorbed when taken orally.
If you have to take anti inflammatories and are looking for an alternative to these, consider any of these Joint Health Supplements. If you need help with your selection, don’t hesitate to email email@example.com, who has tried most of these and would be happy to tell you about her first hand experience with these.
Author Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder Ideal Health