90% of us will suffer from some form of joint pain or disease in our lifetime. Arthritis and degenerative disk disease have many symptoms –usually pain, inflammation and stiffness of the joints and intervertebral disks.
At root is a breakdown of the slippery, gel-like cartilage. Cartilage is a tissue that forms the bearing surface of all joints, which cushions and protects the end of the bones in the body as well as the intervertabral disks that separate and support the vertebrae of the spine.
Healthy cartilage is a smooth, firm, tough tissue made from three major substances – collagen, proteoglycan aggregates, and water. It is the proteoglycans, densely swollen with absorbed water that gives healthy cartilage its unique characteristics. *(see chondroitin and manganese)
New cartilage is slowly but continuously formed throughout life replacing that which is lost through normal wear and tear. Synthesis of new cartilage components requires vitamins and minerals. When the body is lacking these nutrients than it becomes impossible to replace worn out cartilage with new, healthy, cartilage resulting in joint pain and disease.
Recent scientific research suggests that it is a combination of Glucosamine and other co-factors that provide the most relief for people afflicted with joint pain and disease. In addition to Glucosamine Sulfate we have added twelve other vitamins, super foods and herbs making it the most comprehensive formula available.
Glucosamine 1.000 mg stimulates the production of the key elements of cartilage and then protects them. It helps your body repair worn cartilage, reduce pain and improve function. The January 2001 issue of Lancet magazine reports: “Belgian researchers confirm that glucosamine does indeed reduce cartilage damage and provide relief from osteoarthritis.”
Chondroitin 800 mg. attracts fluids into proteoglycans, the molecules woven through cartilage that gives the tissue its shock-absorber quality, and protects the cartilage against breakdown. It inhibits free radicals that degrade joint cartilage and collagen. Chodroitin also improves blood circulation to the joints, which enables antioxidants and glucosamine to enter inflamed joints to stimulate the repair process.
MSM (Methylsulfonyl Methane) 1,000 mg. is an odorless dietary metabolite of DMSO. This naturally occurring bio-active form of sulfur provides anti-inflammatory relief. MSM also has sulfur containing amino acids, collagen and disulfide bonds. It is good for skin, hair, nails, joints, circulation, immune function and respiration
Flax Seed 1,000 mg. is nature’s richest source of omega-3 oils. Several studies have shown that it can reduce the pain, and inflammation of arthritis It has also been fount to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and to help reduce the hardening effects of of cholesterol on cell membranes.
Tumeric has anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that act as natural cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors in the body. Indian researchers found it to relieve joint pain and swelling in people with arthritis.
Black Walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. It aids in burning up excessive toxins and fatty materials. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels.
Horsetail or Shavegrass Increases Calcium absorbtion, which promotes healthy skin, bones, and connective tissues. Research has shown that fractured bones will heal much faster when horsetail is taken.
Irish Moss purifies and strengthens the cellular structure and vital fluids of the system. It has a beneficial effect on all the functions of the body in addition to its use as an aid to the mucous membranes. This herb contains 15 of the 18 elements that compose the human body.
Mullein Recent studies show that mullein contains saponins and mucilage which accounts for its ability to soothe inflammation.
Oatstraw is rich in body-building materials. It has been used to treat arthritis, rheumatism, skin diseases and liver infections. Oatstraw has many elements that have antiseptic properties and is said to be a natural preventative for contagious diseases when taken frequently.
Queen of the Meadow is useful for all ills of the joints. It is well known for its usefulness in rheumatism, gallstones, and urinary problems. It is useful in treating water retention and joint pains caused by uric acid deposits. It has been used to treat gout, cystitis, and chronic urinary problems.
White oak bark is useful for inflammation and has an antiseptic effect.
Hyaluronic acid 50 mgs This ingredient makes up the backbone of cartilage. It is a key component in the synovial fluid surrounding your joints. It directly feeds nutrition to the Joint cartilage making it invaluable for joint health and comfort.
B-6 (Pyridoxine) is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. It is a necessary nutrient in the production of collagen fibers and proteoglycans that make up the cartilage that forms the bearing surfaces of all joints in the body.
Vitamin C 200 mgs Synthesis of new cartilage components requires vitamins and minerals, one of those being collagen. Fifty molecules of vitamin C are consumed in the production of one molecule of collagen.
Manganese 50 mg. Cartilage produced in a body that does not have sufficient manganese results in weak proteoglycan molecules which can’t hold water well and easily escape from the collagen mesh, resulting in weak cartilage prone to breakdown.
Most of my clients report reduction in pain in 3-4 weeks. The worst cases, i.e. bone on bone and severe cases of arthritis, report feeling better in 3-4 weeks with significant reduction in pain and increased mobility in 3-6 months. Improvement increases with continued use.