Is Your Arthritis Formula Working?

Is Your Arthritis Formula Working?

If you have arthritic joints or feel you may be susceptible to getting them in the future, for your own benefit it’s best to learn as much about arthritis as possible.

Arthritis is usually associated with aging; however it is frequently caused by injury or chronic overuse of your musculoskeletal system (skeleton and muscles attached to the skeleton that give you the ability to physically move). You may know that arthritis can be caused by abnormalities in your skeletal structure, by calcium build up, and/or uric acid crystals that can form in the joints. You may not have heard, though, that immune system dysfunction, infection of the joint itself, and an infection of the kidneys, heart, liver, thyroid or lungs can all contribute to arthritic disorders. There are more than a hundred different forms of this disease; all are labeled arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the natural wear and tear of joint cartilage and occurs even in active younger adults. One in every three people over the age 60 suffers from osteoarthritis. Type II collagen is the protein needed to maintain and rebuild cartilage tissue. As you age your body’s ability to make type II collagen slows down.

However, you can supplement what your body isn’t making and rebuild your cartilage tissue using natural-source type II collagen. There is now a patented collagen supplement called Kolla2, available in different brands of arthritis formula, which supplies the necessary nutrients to help the body support joint health and repair worn and damaged cartilage. Therefore it also helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with arthritic diseases. Kolla2 contains 65 to 70 percent type II collagen (protein). It also contains 25 to 30 percent carbohydrates including chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid, which are the major components of joint cartilage. Kolla2 is made using a low-temperature process to maintain the integrity of its delicate molecules and long chain amino acids, ensuring that the body’s own enzymes recognize the genetic code of the supplemented collagen for maximum absorption.

GlycoMarine, another ingredient found in several natural arthritis remedies, defends joints against cartilage breakdown or degeneration, and improves function and mobility of joints. GlycoMarine is a unique green lipped mussel extract that has shown significant results in treating arthritic disorders. GlycoMarine has also been found to have gastro-protective properties, meaning that not only does it not damage the delicate stomach lining, it actually protects the stomach. Thus, GlycoMarine is able to relieve the inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritic diseases while protecting the stomach from the damaging effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). GlycoMarine is used for rheumatoid and osteo forms of arthritis as a complement to other treatments or alone as an alternative treatment.

Myristin is an organic compound made from cetyl alcohol (a form of alcohol) and myristoleic acid (omega-5 fatty acid), which is found in very small amounts in all fats and oils. Myristin has often been used in the cosmetic industry because it’s a lubricant, but is now also used worldwide for nutritional arthritis formulas. Myristin appears to have the same characteristics as the essential fats omega-3 and omega-6 except that it may be stronger and longer lasting. The use of EFAs over an extended period has been shown to decrease the pain, inflammation, and limitation of motion of arthritis. It is thought that Myristin may stimulate the immune system’s cells and therefore has potent effects on autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Myristin has been shown to decrease stiffness and pain, and increase flexibility and range of motion in test subjects with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (When tested by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Myristin had the highest amount of the essential ingredient cetyl myristoleate than any other alternative.)

Hyaluronic acid plays an integral role in maintaining and regulating moisture within the tissues. It helps transport nutrients into cells and removes metabolic waste. Hyaluronic acid is found in all of the body’s tissues, with the highest concentrations located in the skin and the synovial fluid that bathes the joints and cartilage. Optimum levels of hyaluronic acid are essential for the health of joints and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid can be found in everything from chicken soup to pate, but to obtain it in high enough amounts to ease flexing of the joints and restore cushioning, a supplement is required. It is suggested that those who are beginning to see the first signs of wear and tear on their joints supplement with hyaluronic acid.

Another natural substance worth mentioning is white willow bark extract, which contains salicin that the body converts to salicylic acid. This has the same effect on the body as aspirin without the side effects. In fact, white willow bark was the basis for making aspirin. This plant has anti-inflammatory effects and reduces fever; it also acts as an analgesic, an anti-rheumatic and an astringent. Specifically, it helps to relieve pain associated with inflammatory conditions like rheumatism, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome and alleviates muscle aches and pains. The tannins and flavonoids it contains probably account for some of these benefits.

For effective relief from arthritis, I recommend that you look for at least two of these natural ingredients on your arthritis formula labels.

Dr. Henry Cheng: medical graduate of the University of London, England; Bachelor of Medicine( M.B.); Bachelor of Surgery (B.S.); Post-graduate Degree in Diagnostic Radiology (D.M.R.D.); 2 year course in complementary medicine with Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; Certified Natural Products Advisor (C.N.P.A.); practiced family medicine & radiology for 12 years; trained in orthodox/western medicine and herbal/homeopathic medicine

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