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Curcumin For Ostearthritis

February 10, 2011

Curcumin for Osteoarthritis

Curcumin is derived from Tumeric

Image of Tumeric root and powder

Curcumin is a Ayurvedic herb that comes from the herb tumeric and has been used in India for centuries. A study published in the journal Alternative Medicine Review included 100 patients with osterarthritis.

The new study compared the effects of NSAIDs with NSAIDs plus the Meriva supplement – composed of 20 percent natural curcuminoid mixture, 40 percent phosphatidylcholine, and 40 percent microcrystalline cellulose. Subjects in the active group received a daily dose of 1,000 mg, which provided a daily curcumin dose of 200 mg. The control group received “best available treatment NSAID’s”.

Researchers followed the participants for eight months and found changes in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) score, used to measure the osteoarthritis variables, decreased from 80.6 to 33.2 in patients receiving NSAIDs plus the curcumin supplement. Researchers also reported that WOMAC scores for pain decreased by 9.3 points, while no change was observed in the control group. Stiffness decreased from 7.4 to 3.2, with no significant changes in the control group.

According to Indena, the combining the soy phosphatidylcholine with curcumin works to boost the bioavailability of the spice. Blending curcumin with soy phosphatidylcholine allows it to, “interact via hydrogen bondings and polar interactions with the complementary group, like the polar heads of phospholipids”, says Indena.

These findings suggest that curcumin may be a beneficial long-term therapy approach for people suffering with osteoarthritis.

 

Source: Alternative Medicine Review
Volume 15, Number 4, Pages 337-344
Efficacy and Safety of Meriva, a Curcumin-phosphatidylcholine Complex, during Extended Administration in Osteoarthritis Patients”
Authors: G. Belcaro; M.R. Cesarone; M. Dugall; L. Pellegrini; A. Ledda; M.G. Grossi; S. Togni; G. Appendino

Deal of the Week: 15% off TerraCeutics Joint Savior Formula

December 6, 2010

Joint Savior is a comprehensive formula designed to help with joint mobility, inflammation, and pain. Joint Savior™ contains the popular Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM formula with 2 other effective ingredients CMO (Cetyl Myristoleate) and Hyaluronic Acid.

Glucosamine & Chondroitin

Glucosamin & Chondroitin have been a popular combination for joint support for the past 10 years. Glucosamine comes from the exoskeletons of crabs, shrimp & other shellfish. Glucosamine Sulfate has been used clinically in Europe since 1960’s and became popular in the US during the mid-1990’s after the release of the book “The Arthritis Cure” by Jason Theodosakis. Today Glucosamine is the most popular nutritional supplement with annual sales of more than $200 million a year.

The largest clinical trial on Glucosamine Sulfate & Chondroitin is being conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) with over 1,500 people involved. The studies found positive results with a 25% improvement as the placebo group. The positive results of the clinical trial not only showed a reduction in pain and swelling but also when combined with Chondroitin it slowed the progression of the disease and helped rebuild damaged cartilage.

Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM)

MSM came from the research that was done on DMSO by Dr. Stanley W. Jacobs at the Oregon Health Science University. He learned that MSM was a stable metabolite of DMSO which was very stable and odorless.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted. Fifty men and women, 40-76 years of age with knee OA pain were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. MSM produced significant decreases in WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index visual analogue scale) pain and physical function impairment (P<0.05).¹

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)

Harry Diehl, a research chemist at the NIH, discovered Cetyl Myristoleate after spending 2 years trying to isolate the substance that protected Swiss albino mice from getting arthritis. Harry Diehl proved that cetyl myristoleate circulates in the blood of mice that made them immune to arthritis. Harry Diehl was so ecstatic about his discovery he approached many large pharmaceutical companies to conduct human clinical trials on CMO. None of the companies were interested, however, because CMO was a natural substance and they would not be able to patent it.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (also called Hyaluronan) occurs in large amounts in many of the places that people with connective tissue disorders have problems such as the joints, the eyes, the skin, and heart valves. Hyaluronic acid is needed to cushion and lubricate joints, eyes, skin, and heart valves.

A study published in the February 2007 issue of food and Chemical Toxicology has confirmed the safety of oral hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a dietary supplement that supports connect tissue health in joints and skin. The research was comprised of two oral toxicity studies involving acute and subchronic tests. Test subjects exhibited no toxicity, even at 33 times the recommended dose, as observed by a review of a variety of biomarkers and histopathological examinations.²

¹National Institutes of Health 2006 Mar, 14(3):286-94. Epub 2005 Nov 23

²Schauss, A.G., Merkel, D.J., Glaza, S.M., Sorenset, S.R. et al. (2007). Acute and subchronic oral toxicity studies in rats of a hyrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage preparation. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 45 (2), 315-321.

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Abnormal Levels of Hyaluronic Acid Linked to Connective Tissue Disorders

August 24, 2010

Hyaluronic acid (also called Hyaluronan) is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate.  Hyaluronan occurs throughout the body in abundant amounts in many of the places people with hereditary connective tissue disorders have problems such as joints, heart valves and eyes.  Hyaluronic acid abnormalities are a common thread in connective tissue disorders.  Interestingly, they are also common biochemical anomalies in most of the individual features of connective tissue disorders such as mitral valve prolapse, TMJ, osteoarthritis, and keratoconus.

Hyaluronic acid has been nicknamed by the press as the “key to the fountain of youth” because it has been noted that at least some people who ingest a lot of it in their diets tend to live to ripe old ages. ABC News had a show on a village in Japan and hyaluronic acid entitled, “The Village of Long Life: Could Hyaluronic Acid Be an Anti-Aging Remedy?”. (It should be noted that the people in the ABC news show were thought to get high amounts of  Hyaluronic acid from starchy root vegetables their natural diets. They were not taking supplements.)

While a number of studies have linked abnormal levels of  Hyaluronic acid to either connective tissue disorders (CTDs) or conditions common in CTDs, such as premature aging, there are also a number of studies on Pubmed noting associations of high levels of  Hyaluronic acid to some forms of cancer. With Hyaluronic acid as with other substances in the human body, such as estrogen and cholesterol, there are most likely optimal levels, and disease often occurs when these levels become out of range in either direction. Low estrogen levels have been linked to bone loss, while high estrogen levels have been associated with breast cancer. High cholesterol levels have been linked to heart attacks and stroke, while low levels have been linked to bleeding problems and depression.  Hyaluronic acid has been studied less than either cholesterol or estrogen, but the prudent path would be to assume that the body has optimal levels of Hyaluronic acid, as it does for cholesterol, estrogen and many other substances.

As such, it is always prudent to consult your doctor before you decide to take Hyaluronic acid or any other type of supplement to make sure it is an appropriate treatment for your particular health condition.

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Natural Anti-inflammatories/Painkillers for Arthritis & Joint Pain

February 17, 2010

Your “golden” years are supposed to be the best time in your life. You work your entire life away and save money to enjoy the final years in retirement. But, many people can’t enjoy their time to the fullest because of arthritis or some other type of joint-related pain.

A lot of people think their only choice of relief is to take dangerous painkillers like Celebrex and Ultram. This is unfortunate. These types of drugs are sold by companies that put profits first, and patients second.

A recent study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that drug giant Merck quietly sat on information about heart risks concerning its pain-killing drug Vioxx for 4 years before they recalled it!
The drug was finally discontinued in 2004. Too many patients were dying from heart attack or stroke as a result of these drugs.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Yale University School of Medicine and his team reviewed 30 different studies that were conducted by Merck prior to Vioxx’s withdrawal in 2004. Many of them were made available after the drug was banned by the FDA. Each trial was examined, one at a time. Krumholz found a strong, undeniable link between patients taking Vioxx and increased heart attacks and strokes dating as far back as the year 2000.

This study went through a rigorous peer review process before the findings were deemed “acceptable.” Then, Merck responded by issuing a statement saying, “The article published in The Archives of Internal Medicine… used unreliable methods and reached incorrect conclusions.”

The Wall Street Journal published an investigative article back in 2004 reporting that it had seen internal Merck emails sent between company executives. The emails expressed concern over Vioxx and the increased risk of heart attack. They go back as far as the late 1990s.

The message is clear, Stay away from prescription painkillers and their unwanted side effects.

Even over-the-counter remedies like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, are not completely safe.These are all known to potentially cause internal bleeding and liver damage. In fact, the FDA recently required all these pain remedies to come with a clear warning label making consumers aware of these risks. You don’t need to risk your life or your health in order to have a better quality of life. You can live pain-free naturally.

For starters, making small changes in your diet can help. Eating foods rich in omega-3’s like wild caught salmon, egg yolks, and grass-fed beef can help reduce the pain. Omega-3’s are a well-known and have proven anti-inflammatory properties.

You can also supplement with any of these three safe, all-natural pain fighters:

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) – This is the natural, bio-available form of sulfur. It’s been used for thousands of years to relieve aches and pains. In fact, Trojan warriors would soak in natural sulfur springs to heal their joint pain. No question, it works. Researchers at the Arthritis Health Center in Arizona tracked 50 adults with knee osteoarthritis. One group was given MSM. The other group got a placebo. Those taking MSM had a significant decrease in arthritis pain and improved overall physical function. The daily recommended dosage is 850 mg of MSM per day.

White Willow Bark – The use of this ancient joint remedy dates back to the Greek physician Hippocrates (400 B.C.). Its active ingredient is salicin. The same ingredient found in aspirin. The difference? Salicin is free of side effects. You can find white willow bark at most health-food stores. The daily recommended dosage is 240 mg per day.

GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) – This is commonly found in plant-based omega-6 fatty acids. Common sources include borage oil, evening primrose oil, and black currant seed oil. One study published in The Annuals of Internal Medicine found that patients taking GLA for 24 weeks reported 45% reduction in tender joints and 41% reduction in swollen joints. For maximum benefit, take 300 mg per day.

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Deal of the Day: Glucosamine Sulfate

August 6, 2009

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Glucosamine is one of the major components involved with the formation of cartilage (critical lubricants and shock absorbers necessary to maintain and restore healthy joint performance). Glucosamine facilitates the renewal of cartilage and helps keep cartilage lubricated to maintain its naturally slippery texture. These mechanisms of action improve the structure of joints.

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Deal of the Day: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM

July 30, 2009

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Glucosamine:
Glucosamine is one of the major components involved with the formation of cartilage (critical lubricants and shock absorbers necessary to maintain and restore healthy joint performance). Glucosamine facilitates the renewal of cartilage and helps keep cartilage lubricated to maintain its naturally slippery texture. These mechanisms of action improve the structure of joints.

Chondroitin:
Chondroitin supports existing cartilage by promoting the quality of the synovial fluid – it attracts fluid to act as a spongy shock absorber for the joints. It works together with Glucosamine to promote the healthy flow of water and nutrients into cartilage producing cells.

When taken together, Glucosamine and Chondroitin work naturally with your body to promote healthy, flexible joints. This process of revitalizing healthy joints takes time and depends on your specific individual nutritional requirements. With daily continued use, you should look forward to experiencing the benefits of taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

MSM:
MSM keeps cells from becoming rigid. MSM softens tissue (“the beauty mineral”), and is believed to relieve stress, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, constipation, candida, detoxify the body and increase blood circulation, reduce muscle cramps, and back pain, help muscles to heal, increases energy, alertness, mental calmness, and the ability to concentrate. MSM scavenges free radicals, relieves allergies to food and pollens, helps the liver produce choline, controls acidity in stomach and ulcers, coats intestinal tract so parasites lose ability to hang on, helps with hypersensitivity to drugs, increases body’s ability to produce insulin, is important for carbohydrate metabolism, and speeds wound healing.

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