Maintaining joint health without glucosamine or chondroitin supplements

October 12, 2010 by  
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If you are suffering from less than perfect joints then there is a new supplement — Regenovex ® – that could help with its unique combination of two natural ingredients.

If you are over 40, or take part in active sports, then you are probably aware that there are two main causes of joint wear and tear: physical damage and internally released harmful chemicals that occur after any physical damage, wear and tear or aging.

Other joint care products and ingredients, for example Glucosamine and chondroitin, tend to tackle only one aspect of joint discomfort, but Regenovex has a unique formulation designed for maintenance of joint health. It is based on two natural ingredients: Natural Marine Bionovex Oil and Hyaluronic Acid rather than the more traditional supplements.

Natural Marine Bionovex® Oil is a pure marine lipid oil derived from New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels (GLM) which are certainly nothing new on the health scene. Many people were introduced to them for help with arthritis for example, but Regenovex contains polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s, and is particularly rich in eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), an omega-3 unique to green lipped mussels. ETA has been scientifically shown to have special properties to help maintain joint health and this Bionovex Oil has a concentration of ETA is up to 40 times greater than in conventional green lipped mussel powders.

Marine lipids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity in laboratory studies, which is why they first came to the attention of arthritis sufferers, while in various clinical studies, marine lipids have been of benefit to joint health. Marine lipids inhibit both the cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) inflammatory pathways, and hence have the ability to support the body’s normal processes to alleviate discomfort.

Unlike some conventional drugs, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), marine-derived lipids have not been associated with the most common side effect of such drugs such as stomach problems or even bleeding.

The second component, Hyaluronic acid® (HA), works in a different way. It is naturally found in the body in a wide range of tissues, including the joint cartilage, and it is a major component of synovial fluid. In the joint, it helps provide lubrication and cushioning as it supplements fluid within the joint, helping to stimulating the joints’ own HA production, supporting the strengthening of cartilage structure, and generally maintaining joint health.

At low levels of impact such as standing and walking, HA’s properties are primarily lubricating but if you are going in for high levels of impact such as running and jumping (lucky you) then HA’s main function is to cushion the joint.

If you have joint problems, particularly osteoarthritis, then you will know that as the cartilage becomes more and more damaged both the amount and structure of HA in the joint changes. This results in further cartilage damage, increased inflammation and a reduction in the synovial fluid function, all of which are bad news for joint health.
As you get older, and certainly if you engage in active sports, it makes sense to be proactive about taking care of your joints. Regenovex is widely available as capsules, instant relief gel, and a patch and a user trial found that it was highly effective, with 74% per cent of people who took the one-a-day capsules noticing a difference within 30 days.

Natural relief for joint pain

Old wives’ tales are usually dismissed as being nonsense, but if you really care about your health they are well worth paying attention to as they are based on experience and ‘case studies’ that may be anecdotal but have at least been tried on actual human bodies – usually several thousand of them over a long period of time. I have mentioned the health benefits of Manuka honey before, and an old folk remedy for joint pain combines honey with cider vinegar to good effect. I teased you with that mention of the Bible, well cider vinegar gets a mention for being a healing agent and having antiseptic properties and has been used for many things including dealing with high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and reducing stress. However, one of it’s most impressive qualities lies in it being able to tackle joint disease.

How does it do it? Because vinegar is full of natural enzymes that can help dissolve uric acid, and it is that acid which breaks down the calcium deposits in your joints. It is also believed that cider vinegar builds up the minerals needed for healthy bone structure. In other words, it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Commercial vinegars are produced to give you a fine, clear liquid which is produced by boiling, and unfortunately that also kills all the enzymes and removes vital nutrients. However, like honey, it is better when from a powerful natural source such as Manuka – which itself has anti-inflammatory properties – so cider vinegar is most effective when it is unpasteurised and for that you need to find a specialist supplier. One enterprising company has combined the two ingredients for maximum effectiveness – and to make the vinegar palatable it must be said! A tablespoon of the combination in water on a daily basis will have your joints thanking you, and personally I combine it with a splash of ginger cordial concentrate and make it with hot water. It really does taste good, and if you want to know more then visit this website if you want to order up some ease in your joints: