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If you've been putting your muscles through their paces, make sure you're regularly stretching to increase your flexibility. But, If you are suffering from painful, stiff joints, try this advanced formula, which can provide you with key ingredients to support your body. It gives lubrication to cell membranes, which can help your joints work smoothly and prevent soreness and swelling. A sure-fire way to stay fighting fit during chillier months!
Glucosamine sulphate for painful joints
One of the key building blocks of the structures which form the framework for collagen to model onto is glucosamine, and has been hailed in recent years as a valuable supplement for anyone who may be suffering with joint problems and general stiffness.
Glucosamine, a natural sugar, is believed to help swelling, inflammation, osteoarthritis, slipped discs and sciatica by maintaining the viscosity of joints, stimulating the repair of torn or worn cartilages, and inhibiting the enzymes that may break cartilage down.
It also appears to be beneficial in treating uveitis, a disease in which the iris and focussing muscles of the eye become inflamed. Research has demonstrated that it can be effective in relieving pain and increasing the range of motion among sufferers with osteoarthritis of the knee, and other research has even claimed its effectiveness as being equivalent to a standard dose of Ibuprofen.
Glucosamine seems to be most effective using a larger dose initially, and then reducing it slowly to a maintenance dose once the beneficial effects have started to appear. Diabetics should be aware that this food supplement can upset sensitive sugar balances.View article
Could taking collagen pills ease your creaky joints?
Collagen is the ingredient that gives our skin elasticity and stops wrinkles. It's also found in bones, joints, muscle and other connective tissue, including cartilage (giving it its strength and elasticity).
The theory is that collagen supplements can help maintain or even replace lost cartilage. The pills are sourced from fish, cattle, pig and chicken bones. However, until now, there has been no real scientific proof either that collagen can work to repair human cartilage, or how it works.
Researchers at Harvard Medical school and Tufts Medical Centre in Boston, in the U.S., evaluated 30 patients over the age of 48 with arthritis of the knee.
The patients were divided into random groups; half of them took collagen hydrolosyte and the other group a placebo. The patients underwent an MRI scan at one week, 24 weeks and at 48 weeks.
The year-long trial reported that while the cartilage in the placebo group deteriorated over the weeks, as expected, the groups taking (Collagen) experienced a growth in cartilage.
Laboratory studies suggested the supplement 'stimulates the renewed synthesis of the cartilage', said the researchers.View article