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Osteoarthritis is Repairable

Osteoarthritis is Repairable

Friday, July 1st 2005

Knee and joint problems affect thousands of New Zealanders of all ages. Knee injuries are amongst the most painful of sports injuries.

Weight training, sprints, collisions and tackles during sports events can place extreme pressure on joints. These all need correct care to help prevent a treatable condition such as a torn ligament turning into a permanent condition such as osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is one of the major causes of disability in the adult population. It usually affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips but may also involve finger joints and the spine. The orthodox medical approach is to cover up or mask the pain symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's). NSAID's hasten the deterioration of the cartilage and make the osteoarthritis worse.

Joint replacement is recommended as a way of alleviating pain and improving mobility in sufferers of advanced osteoarthritis. Many people put up with the early warning signs of the disease until the pain is more persistent. Then a visit to the doctor starts them on the road of anti-inflammatory pain killing drugs. Next come the joint replacement operations but they are not without their problems. As the number of hip and knee replacements increases, so is the number of reported operations to replace the replacements that have not been successful.

There is possible hope through a natural remedy. This product does not require a prescription and actually helps the body reverse the degeneration of the joint. It helps restore the proper chemistry to actually rebuild and heal osteoarthritic cartilage. Glucosamine hydrochloride is the ingredient that has been shown to help start to rebuild cartilage. Glucosamine hydrochloride is better absorbed by older people who generally have reduced hydrochloride acid in the stomach.

Glucosamine is a naturally-occurring compound found in cartilage that stores water and gives cartilage its shock absorbing characteristics. In healthy joints, glucosamine is made within the cartilage cells in an ongoing process of repair and rebuilding. However, with arthritic joints, its production can't keep up with its breakdown and destruction of the cartilage.

Radiance JointMax Glucosamine is indicated to help intervertabral disc problems including inflamed discs, sciatica and degenerated joints (osteoarthritis associated with ageing). It has proven useful where there is severe erosion of the cartilage in the hip joint. Without cartilage to separate the bones, deep aches occur and are accompanied by rubbing and grinding sounds.

For first time users of Radiance JointMax it is suggested that they take six capsules a day for the first six days to obtain a degree of saturation in the body. Then the dosage can be reduced to three capsules a day with an ongoing regime of two capsules daily when symptoms improve.

Radiance JointMax contains Glucosamine hydrochloride.

Unfortunately this product has now been deleted. Solgar's Glucosamine HCL is a suitable alternative

Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are useful for joint problems:

Bee Venom with Glucosamine
Back Pain Control
Collagen Type 2 Joint Complex
Emu Oil
Fish Oil 1500 - Odourless
Glucosamine 1-A-Day
Joint Connnection
Hi-Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Hydraplenish Hyaluronic Acid
Pain Relief
White Willow Bark

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If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.



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