Condition: Joint health

DESCRIPTION: Since surgery is so obtrusive, dangerous, and expensive, there has been a clamor for alternative osteoarthritis treatments. It is for this reason that there has been so much research done in the field of joint supplements. Supplements that treat the conditions surrounding joint pain and health have mainly been derived from ingredients like glucosamine and chondroitin. Although it was mainly used by physicians and was really only available with a prescription, glucosamine became readily available and popular in the United States in the mid 1990's. Chondroitin is a part of the glycosaminoglycan molecule and is the most abundant molecule found in cartilage. Found naturally in the joints, chondroitin is mainly responsible for the resiliency of cartilage, and when taken orally it has shown to be able to increase the rate at which new cartilage forms by providing more of the necessary building blocks for the body. Lead researcher Professor Peter Juni said: 'Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. 'Health authorities and health insurers should be discouraged from funding glucosamine and chondroitin treatment.'There are many effective natural treatment options for osteoarthritis. Previous research showed that glucosamine sulfate might be effective not only in decreasing painful symptoms associated with OA, but also in addressing actual degeneration of the joint tissue that is responsible for the discomfort. However, recent studies have demonstrated that glucosamine does not prevent cartilage damage in people with osteoarthritis. Prevention is always the goal with natural medicine. Once symptoms develop, however, there are specific natural remedies and diet changes that have proven to be effective in stopping and, in some cases, reversing the damage and discomfort associated with degenerative joint disease. The active ingredients of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in fish oil work to reduce the swelling and pain in osteoarthritis. Fish oil falls under the classification of a polyunsaturated fatty acid in the subcategory of an omega-3 fatty acid. They contain potent anti-inflammatory properties to protect the body from disease.

Diseases Joint health is associated with:

Osteoarthritis |

Symptoms associated with Joint health:

Difficulty climbing stairs | Diminished physical activity | Exercise pain | Hip pain | Joint inflammation | Joint pain | Knee pain | Pain and stiffness | Painful climbing stairs | Painful knees when climbing stairs | Shoulder pain | Stiff knee | Walking pain | Walking problems |

List of EAP product(s) which may assist with Joint health :

OmniFlex |

List of other EAP products:

OmniFlex | ThioGel | ThioGel - L |


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