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Supplements to Aid Joint Health

by James Dobell January 24, 2014

celadrin®

WITHIN THE UK alone, a shocking 206 million working days are lost each year because of joint-related health conditions. New research indicates that there is now a natural product that may help promote healthy joint function. Celadrin® has been clinically proven as an effective anti-inflammatory and pain-management supplement derived from a special mix of naturally occurring fatty acids. The action of celadrin® on joint health is similar to that of the essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, only significantly more dramatic. Celadrin® is effective at a cellular level, and research suggests that it restores the fluid that is required to cushion the bones and joints to maintain flexibility and mobility. Celadrin® has been the subject of several clinical studies with results published in the prestigious Journal of Rheumatology among other publications. One prominent study that demonstrated the benefits of celadrin®, is a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Sixty-four participants between the ages of 37 and 77 were given celadrin® orally. At the end of the 68-day study, compared to those given a placebo, participants taking celadrin® had more flexibility, fewer aches, reduction in pain and were able to walk longer distances than the placebo group. Celadrin® appears to be a safe and effective alternative for those looking to restore optimum joint health •

 

glucosamine & chondroitin

ONE POPULAR supplement for the maintenance of joint health is glucosamine sulphate. Glucosamine sulphate is a naturally occurring amino sugar that is necessary for the production of connective tissue in the body. It is the primary building-block for the proteoglycans, thus helping to maintain proper lubrication within the joints. Glucosamine sulphate is also responsible for stimulating the cells that encourage the formation of cartilage. As we age, production of glucosamine slows down. As a result, glucosamine sulphate has become a popular and effective supplement among those wishing to enhance the health of their joints. Two other forms of glucosamine have also been studied for their role in joint support. These are glucosamine hydrochloride and N-acetyl glucosamine. These two forms are suitable for consumers who are vegetarian or need to avoid shellfish •

CHONDROITIN SULPHATE

is a sulphur-rich substance that is related to glucosamine. It is found naturally in the body and is a major constituent of cartilage. Its role is to provide structure to the cartilage, as well as increasing the retention of water – a factor that helps the shock-absorbing properties of cartilage. Although both glucosamine and chondroitin can be used individually, their synergistic role in joint health makes the use of a combination product a favourite choice amongst those looking for a joint-health supplement •

MSM

MSM methylsulfonylmethaneisa source of organic sulphur. Sulphur is one of the most abundant minerals in the world and is essential for the production of collagen. Studies have suggested that sulphur exerts significant anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving actions and because it is incorporated into connective tissue, many believe that MSM may be helpful in promoting healthy cartilage and joint tissue. In one study 82% of a group taking MSM reported significant improvements in arthritis symptoms compared with just 18% of the group taking a placebo •

hyaluronic acid

HYALURONIC ACID (HA) is a substance found within almost all of the cells of the human body, most abundantly in the joints and the skin. In the joints, HA is found in the synovial fluid, which provides lubrication and acts as a shock absorber. Studies suggest a definite role for hyaluronic acid in joint health and it may even offer pain relief to arthritis sufferers. Hyaluronic acid can be taken alone or combined with other natural supplements, such as vitamin C, collagen and chondroitin sulphate to enhance its benefits •




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