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Straight From the Fountain of Youth

Sunday, January 1st 2006

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the joint cartilage that breakdown at the join cartilage that affects millions of people world-wide. Among the primary components of cartilage there is collagen, a structural protein that provides strength and flexibility to the joints, muscles, tendons and more. While there are three primary types of collagen, it is the collagen type II that is the predominant form in articular cartilage.

Taking a closer look at the structure of joint cartilage reveals elements such as Glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid (HA) and collagen type II. Healthy levels of these compounds are critical to maintaining healthy cartilage and synovial fluid.

Hyaluronic acid is a clear fluid found throughout the body - especially in connective tissues of the skin and joints. It acts both as an internal moisturiser and lubricant. It moisturises and rejuvenates the skin, smoothes premature lines/wrinkles, as well as lubricating and cushioning joints. Visible signs of ageing are dull and wrinkled skin.

Its primary function is the retention of moisture that allows internal fibres to pass over each other smoothly, thus making tissues (such as the skin) softer. Within the joints hyaluronic acid is an essential part of cartilage and synovial fluid. As we age our body produces less hyaluronic acid.

In 1996 BioCell Technology launched BioCell Collagen II. Carefully manufactured through a patented process, BioCell Collagen II contains highly efficacious and naturally occurring levels of hydrolyzed collagen type II protein and low molecular weight glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) including chondroitin sulfate (minimum 20 percent), hyaluronic acid, (minimum 10 percent), Glucosamine sulfate and other proteoglycans.

Nature's Way Hydraplenish contains the patented BioCell II complex of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid that the body can more easily absorb and get better results. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a source of sulphur and is included with hyaluronic acid in Hydraplenish. Together they have complementary benefits for healthy skin and joints.

Hyaluronic acid is not really found in food. Some is found in rare "starchy" root vegetables. But for all practical purposes taking a hyaluronic acid supplement is the best way to add it to the diet.

Research on Osteoarthritis

Recently, results from a clinical study were presented at Experimental Biology 2004. 3 Researchers from Miami Research Associates enrolled 16 subjects with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hand for a two-month, placebo-controlled trial. Subjects received 1,000 mg/d of hydrolyzed type II collagen (as BioCell Collagen II) or placebo. The group receiving BioCell Collagen II experienced significant improvement in all outcomes including pain and joint stiffness; there were no significant adverse events. The researchers concluded BioCell Collagen II was a safe and effective supplement for adjunctive treatment of OA.

Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Healthy Connective Tissue :

Amino Collagen Complex
Collagen & Keratin Capsules
Efamarine
Fish Oil 1500 Odourless
Go Glucosamine 1-A-Day
Hydraplenish
Collagen Type 2 Joint Complex
Injuraid
Imaglow
Maxi Hair
MSM Powder
Silica Beauty
Super Collagen + C
QSilica Colloidal Silica

Related health information can be found here:

Anti Inflammatory
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Back Pain
Efamarine for healthy skin, hair and nails
Joint Problems? Are you deficient in Chondroitin, a "liquid magnet" cartilage protector?
MSM - bioavailable sulphur for arthritis and pain relief
Osteo-arthritis
Overcome joint pain & stiffness with Glucosamine
Skin Health
Water, the elixir of life

Related articles can be found here:

Benefits of MSM for Injuries and Skin
Doctors Recommend a Multi-Vitamin a Day
Efamarine - Help for Joint Mobility and the Maintenance of Immunity
Osteoarthritis is Repairable
Silicea: The Amazing Gel
Study Finds Natural Alternative May Ease Pain for Arthritis Sufferers
Third Generation Arthritis Treatment - Radiance Joint Connection Capsules and Creme

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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