Glucosamine,Chondroitin, Hyaluronic acid,
MSM & Collagen
Like many people with arthritis pain, you may have considered taking vitamins and supplements that promise to ease joint pain. The right ones can offer greater control of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis joint pain. Also prevention is better than cure so taking a supplement may reduce degeneration!
The supplement Active Therapy Clinic recommends is ‘Proto-cols Osteo+’ a revolutionary product designed by Greg Whyte OBE PhD FACSM. It contains four key ingredients Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid & Hydrolysed Collagen. Other key ingredients include MSM & vitamin C formulated to increase absorption into the body.
Glucosamine is found naturally in the body’s joint cartilage — helping keep it healthy and lubricated. The shells of shrimp, lobster, and crab provide the basis for these supplements. Glucosamine is believed to help slow deterioration of cartilage, relieve arthritis joint pain, and improve joint mobility.
Chondroitin is also found naturally in cartilage and bone. Chrondroitin sulfate supplements are derived from cow trachea or pork byproducts. Chondroitin is said to reduce joint pain and inflammation, improve joint function, and slow progression of osteoarthritis. Most studies have been done on knee arthritis.
Hyaluronic acid is the most active form of glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and it works as a shock absorber lubricating the fluid in the joint tissues as well as stabilising its breakdown. It also works to remove the waste products, often acidic in nature, that arise from the destruction of the cartilage matrix and hence eases joint pain. As an antioxidant, it further supports joint health by protecting joint destruction due to free radicals.
Collagen is the natural protein that is made up of amino acids. It is the most abundant structural protein in the body, making up 75% of the total protein of the body and is found in skin, muscle, tendon and bone. As your natural supply of collagen starts to deplete from the age of 25, taking a collagen supplement can help maintain healthy joints, aid recovery time from injury and promote optimum well-being.
The sulfur compound MSM is found naturally in the body and in animals, fruits, vegetables, and grains. The claim is that MSM reduces joint pain and inflammation. MSM contains sulfur, which the body needs to form connective tissue. MSM also seems to act as a painkiller by quieting nerve impulses that transmit pain.