The Formula That Fights the Pain of Arthritis
Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in and around joints. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Here are a few facts:
Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage covering the bone end has worn away, leading to bone rubbing against bone. Pain, loss of movement and sometimes swelling is the result.
- 42.7 million people have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; 23.2 million live with chronic joint pain that hasn’t been diagnosed by a doctor
- 39 million physician visits are arthritis-related, resulting in more than a half-million hospitalizations
- $86.2 billion cost to the economy
- 20 million people suffer from osteoarthritis, the leading arthritic disease
- Half of the people with arthritis think nothing can be done to help them
What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
Glucosamine sulfate is an amino sugar produced by the body and distributed in cartilage and other connective tissues. It is believed to play a role in cartilage formation and repair.
Chondroitin sulfate is a complex carbohydrate that gives cartilage elasticity. It helps cartilage retain water and prevents body enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint cartilage.
Consuming glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements is believed to slow down the degenerative process and increase the rate of formation of new cartilage.
Does it work?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the “Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial” (GAIT), the first large-scale, multicenter trial in the United States to study the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Participants with moderate to severe pain who took the glucosamine/chondroitin supplement reported statistically significant pain relief compared to placebo—79% had a 20% or greater reduction in pain, compared to 54% for placebo.
What about other treatments?
The improvement reported by patients who took glucosamine/chondroitin was comparable to patients taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which are the common, non-operative, treatments for osteoarthritis. NSAIDs, however, have side effects such as stomach upset or stomach ulcers, which can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding.Unlike glucosamine/chondroitin, NSAIDs may also increase the progression of arthritis!
Suggested Usage: Take one or two capsules daily as an addition to your everyday diet.