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WHY DO JOINT PROBLEMS OCCUR?

The medical term for painful joints is “arthralgia” and there can be several causes related to numerous ailments resulting in joint pain and inflammation. While you may think that arthralgia is similar to arthritis, you would wrong since arthritis is commonly caused by degradation of the cartilage resulting in inflammation and pain.

Arthralgia is just pain and the cause may not be easily diagnosed. Someone with arthritis can have arthralgia, but arthralgia can exist totally on its own with unknown causation. Joint pain caused by arthritis may take the form of swelling, stiffness, unusual warm sensation, tenderness and sometimes redness. A common pain problem occurs when the joint loses natural lubrication of the cartilage causing friction and the joints to make popping and cracking noises.

Joint pain can also be caused by injury to ligaments, bones and cartilage in the joint. When pain occurs a physician should be consulted and diagnostic tests performed to find the cause of the pain and to evaluate the extent of any damage or deterioration. If no cause can be found, caring for the joint with conventional methods should relieve the problem in a few days. However, chronic pain may respond to natural products that have been formulated to provide the body with a substance that the body is unable to produce in sufficient quantity.

The JOINT HEALTH Formula

The product ingredients in the Joint Health have historically been used for serious joint problems, to control joint pain and reduce inflammation. This unique formulation combines the latest study information to provide you with a newly discovered joint product.

THIS PRODUCT MAY PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM JOINT DISCOMFORT WHEN TAKEN AS A PREVENTIVE

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The label on all the products reads 1-2 per day and each bottle contains 60 capsules. Normally it is a 2-month supply unless you require 2 per day to achieve results. Please start with one per day.

SPECIAL NOTE: Over 100 studies regarding the ingredients in this joint formulation and how they complement each other determined the levels of each ingredient used to provide a well-balanced product that is very effective.

HYALURANIC ACID (HA)

Hyaluranic acid is a component of connective tissue and has the function of cushioning and lubrication in all joints of the body. It is normally found throughout the body in large amounts. It has been nicknamed as the “key to the fountain of youth,” since people who live in some villages in Japan who consume large amounts tend to live to a very ripe old age. These people ate large amounts of starchy root vegetables.

HA gels water to provide lubrication, resulting in easier movement and less pain in your joints.

 
THE BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION

  • Hyaluronic acid is excellent for seniors who have established joint conditions.Basic Functions of Hyaluronic Acid
  • Since HA is present in every tissue of the body, it is an important nutrient.
  • HA is active in the retention of water, which is one of its more important biological functions, assisting the body by removing waste from cells that do not have a direct blood supply, such as cartilage cells.
  • When you have a lower than adequate amount of HA, important nutrients cannot be moved into these cells and waste cannot be eliminated from the cells.
  • Hyaluronic acid can be found in the synovial joint fluid, the vitreous humor of the eye, cartilage, all blood vessels, skin and even the umbilical cord.
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HA’S IMPORTANCE IN SYNOVIAL JOINT FLUID
 

All of our joints (like the ankle and knees) are encased in a synovial membrane, which forms a capsule around the ends of the bones. This membrane produces a liquid called the synovial fluid and is found in all joint cavities. This fluid has many functions, the most important of which is to serve as a lubricant, shock absorber and even a nutrient carrier.

The synovial fluid provides protection for the joints and bones. A fibrous connective tissue called cartilage is also immersed in the synovial fluid. Cartilage does not contain any blood vessels making synovial fluid very important. Synovial fluid’s importance cannot be stressed enough since it is the only way in which nutrients can be carried into the cartilage and waste can be removed. One of the key components of all types of cartilage is HA.

ABC News Reporters visited the village of Yuzurihara, Japan, where 10 percent of the population, are age 85 or older. This is ten times the number in the United States. This ABC Special reported that “the residents are not only living longer, but they are also quite healthy.” The secret they found was hyaluronic acid, due to their increased consumption of sweet potatoes and vegetables that promote the synthesis of HA.

 

Historically, the positive benefits of taking a synergistic supplement that contains hyaluranic acid, boswellia and guggul are the following:
1.    To restore the cushioning of the joints
2.    For men and women as they approach mid-life and feel the signs of aging joints
3.    To relieve joint pain from arthritis
4.    To provide lubrication for the joints
5.    Helps retain the body’s fluid levels
6.    Active in maintaining levels of synovial fluid in joints

Environmental factors that may reduce hyaluronic levels in the body:
1.    Zinc and magnesium deficiencies
2.    Too much ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
3.    Cigarette smoke
4.    Working out too much
5.    Streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria contain hyaluranidase (break down HA)

NOTE:Physicians may inject hyaluranic acid into the synovial fluid in the knee and other joints to treat osteoarthritis. The cost may be as high as $650 for the injection.

BOSWELLIA serrata(65% Extract)

IMPORTANT NOTE:The combination of Boswellia serrata, guggulipid, tumeric and hyaluronic acid is the only formulation available that will provide results for maximum joint health.

WHAT IS BOSWELLIA?

Boswellia is a type of resin from a tree found mainly in Somalia and Saudi Arabia. A portion of the resin is called a terpenoid and contains boswellic acid, which is the active ingredient. Studies have shown that boswellic acids tend to have an anti-inflammatory action similar to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for inflammatory conditions. The action of boswellia in the body inhibits pro-inflammatory mediators, such as leukotrienes. The use of boswellia will not cause irritation or ulceration of the stomach.

After over 4,000 years boswellia is still being used in China for a host of treatments such as cancer, arthritis, gonorrhea, and carbuncles.  In Medieval Europe, boswellia was used for protection from the bubonic plague.  Hindu physicians have used it to treat patients for all types of joint diseases, ulcerative colitis, respiratory diseases and dysentery. During the 1st century, it was used as an antidote to hemlock poisoning.   During the 10th century, the Iranian physician Avicenna used it for joint ailments and tumors. In he 21st century the gum of the boswellia serrata tree has been effective as an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and helps to relieve pain. The resin from the boswellia tree was also used to make frankincense.

Boswellia used in this formulation is standardized to 65% boswellic acids, the well-researched clinical dose used to support joint health and mobility. It is in a concentrated from the highest quality processed resins and gums. The researched benefits are due to the presence of four triterpene acids, especially beta boswellic acid. Our high quality herb used in our formulation is carefully standardized to contain at least 65% boswellic acids.

 
THE SCIENCE BEHIND BOSWELLIA

The exact mechanism of how boswellia works is still not fully understood, however, studies have shown that the boswellic acids (terpenes) have anti-inflammatory properties, especially the 65% extract.  These properties are achieved by preventing the formation of leukotrienes, which are involved in promoting the movement of inflammation-producing cells into the affected joint areas.

Over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs, which include aspirin, Advil, Aleve, etc. only block the synthesis of prostaglandins (another mediator of inflammation) and do not interfere with the formation of leukotrienes. NSAID’s may also disrupt glycosaminoglycan synthesis and increase cartilage damage in joints. Boswellia may also reduce the number of white blood cells (WBC) that would normally go to the affected site causing a decreased inflammatory response.  It has also been shown to reduce the total WBC count in joint fluid, which may lead to faster healing.

In 2003 a double blind, placebo-controlled trail conducted by Kimmatkar, et al. provided excellent positive results using boswellia for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.  In this study, patients taking boswellia reported a reduction in knee pain, increased knee movement, improved range of motion, improved walking for distances, improved stair climbing as well as other movements related to the knee joint. The reported frequency of knee swelling and general discomfort was also reduced. Another study in 2008 also produced similar results.

Since boswellia has anti-inflammatory properties, it is also thought to help in relief of inflammatory diseases such as being effective in reducing the frequency of asthma attacks and in decreasing the severity of Crohn’s disease as well as ulcerative colitis since both are inflammatory bowel diseases.

Clinical trials using pharmaceutical grade standardized boswellia 65% extract have shown no serious side effects.

Historical Uses:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis        
  • Osteoarthritis                  
  • Asthma                           
  • Most Inflammatory Conditions                       
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions

NOTE:Resin from the boswellia tree was used to make frankincense in biblical times

Research Update: Boswellia
32-Week Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Evaluation of RA-11, an Ayurvedic Drug, on Osteoarthritis of the Knees.:J Clin Rheumatol. 2004 Oct;10(5):236-245.Chopra A, Lavin P, Patwardhan B, Chitre D.From the *Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Bharati Hospital Medical College (Deemed University), Pune, India; ?Averion, Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts; the ?School of Health Sciences, University of Pune, India; and ¡ìBIO-VED Pharmaceuticals, Inc., San Jose, California.

Boswellia extract posses good anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic activity. A randomized double blind placebo controlled crossover study was conducted to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Boswellia serrata Extract (BSE) in 30 patients of osteoarthritis of knee, 15 each receiving active drug or placebo for eight weeks. After the first intervention, washout was given and then the groups were crossed over to receive the opposite intervention for eight weeks. All patients receiving drug treatment reported decrease in knee pain, increased knee flexion and increased walking distance. The frequency of swelling in the knee joint was decreased. The observed differences between drug treated and placebo being statistically significant are clinically relevant. BSE was well tolerated by the subjects. BSE is recommended in the patients of osteoarthritis of the knee with possible therapeutic use in other arthritis.

 

GUGGUL (Commiphora mukul)

Guggul is now mentioned in prominent medical journals for its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels. Guggul has been used for more than 2,500 years in India and has clinically demonstrated its synergy with boswellia to increase joint health. The supplement is purified and utilizes the standardized form of the guggul tree resin. According to James Braly, M.D., of Los Angeles, California, physicians in the U.S. are now starting to report results with their patients that substantiates earlier studies.

Guggul had not been used as a supplement until 1966 in the United States until its rediscovery. After accidentally reading a text in ancient Sanskrit, an Indian doctoral candidate named G.V. Satyavati at Banares Hindu University, wrote a paper on the benefits of guggul. She based her work on the famous Ayurvedic treatise, which was related to the treatment of obesity and blood fat disorders.

Guggul has achieved acceptance by the international scientific community. Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas and the National Cancer Institute have been able to explain the mechanism of guggulsterones the active agent of the extracts of this plant.
Researcher, Dr. David Moore, of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, found that guggul does indeed live up to its Ayurvedic reputation. Degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis respond well to guggul therapy. Guggul acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that has the potential to lower the level of joint pain, swelling and morning stiffness.

Other Ayurvedic herbs make guggul more effective and are compounded with it to reach a synergistic herbal formulation. One very effective combination utilizes boswellia 65%. Guggul’s anti-inflammatory activity is beneficial in osteoarthritis due to Myrrhanol A, which is a new triterpene found in guggul. In recent studies at the South Carolina University Of Health Sciences, the use of guggul produced an improvement in osteoarthritis in both clinical and pre-clinical studies. The data indicated the reduction of pain and stiffness in joints, improved mobility and was well tolerable.

 Historical Uses:

  • Arthritis                
  • Joint mobility                            
  • Improving Circulation

It is one of histories first “broad spectrum drugs” that has a wide therapeutic range. Having a broad mode of action makes this herb very helpful protecting against a number of ailments.

 GUGGUL RESEARCH:
Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 May-Jun;9(3):74-9.
The effectiveness of Commiphora mukul for osteoarthritis of the knee: an outcomes study. Singh BB, Mishra LC, Vinjamury SP, Aquilina N, Singh VJ, Shepard N.
Source Southern California University of Health Sciences, USA.

 

TUMERIC

The health benefits of turmeric, has been found to be in the active ingredient called curcumin. This compound provides turmeric with its therapeutic benefits. Curcumin contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is thought to reduce inflammation by reducing histamine levels and it may also have the ability to stimulate the adrenal glands causing an increase in the production of a hormone that reduces inflammation.

In India, it is used to reduce joint pain and inflammation related to arthritis. However, it is also effective in reducing joint pain and inflammation in other disorders as well.

The American Botanical Council sponsored an investigation and stated that their findings add to a long tradition in India of using turmeric’s pain reducing effectiveness.

 

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

MSM is thought to be effective in the fight against Osteoarthritis (OA) and other joint pain because of its high sulfur content, one of the building blocks of healthy joints. MSM’s role is to deliver sulfur to the body in a useable form since sulfur helps maintain the structure of connective tissue by strengthening the tissues that make up the joint.

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are the fundamental building blocks of joint cartilage. Its molecules are bonded together in chains by disulfide bonds, which are between two, sulfur atoms and affects joint flexibility. The disulfide bridges make cartilage firm and resilient since its integrity is in a sulfur-dependent state.

MSM contains a lot of sulfur, approximately 34% by weight. Future research should prove that the absorption of MSM’s sulfur is incorporated into proteins and then into joint tissues.

MSM is safe to consume and no more toxic than water. Any excess MSM you ingest will remain in the blood stream for about 12 hours removing toxins and cleaning the interior walls of arteries. Consuming too much refined foods and processing eliminates MSM the same way they reduce the availability of vitamins and minerals. Food processing utilizing heat or drying cause the foods to be depleted of most of the MSM that is vital to our well being.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem of aging among vertebrates. There are over 35 million Americans that have some form of a degenerative joint disease. The percentage of people over the age of 50 that have some symptoms can be as high as 80%.

In OA the joints become inflamed and are no longer operating smoothly, but instead the ball and socket rub together from the friction of the overgrown cartilage and bone, called osteophytes. This causes irritation, triggering more cartilage growth and inflammation ensues. Since science has been unable to find a cure for OA, the best they can do is ease the symptoms.

 

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