Say good­bye to joint woes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

FOR the last few weeks, 64-year old Yap Su Lin’s knee had be­come in­tol­er­a­ble. No amount of painkillers, oint­ments or knee mas­sages helped.

In­creas­ingly con­fined to the chair, de­pres­sion set in. Su Lin’s daugh­ter Belinda C, 41, is at her wits’ end and dou­bly wor­ried as her own joints are start­ing to ache.

Most peo­ple be­lieve the joints will au­to­mat­i­cally start break­ing down as we age. How­ever, sci­en­tists have now found that certain groups of peo­ple are at a higher risk.

An ac­tive life­style, although good for the heart, can also con­trib­ute to joints de­grad­ing faster. When we use our joints over a long pe­riod of time, the joints will re­lease en­zymes to fix any dam­age in­curred known as Ma­trix Me­tal­lo­pro­teinases (MMP en­zymes).

In par­tic­u­lar, en­zymes MMP-1 and MMP13 have been im­pli­cated in de­grad­ing joint struc­tures. In fact, sci­en­tists now know that MMP-13 is the pre­dom­i­nant dam­ag­ing MMP en­zyme re­leased in the early development of os­teoarthri­tis (OA).

With re­cent ad­vance­ments in biotech­nol­ogy, sci­en­tists have now un­cov­ered a nat­u­ral sub­stance that is ac­tive against MMP en­zymes.

Although this prod­uct has been around for over 30 years, its mech­a­nism of ac­tion could not be ver­i­fied un­til re­cently with newer test­ing meth­ods.

Bi­olane, the New Zealand Green Lipped Mus­sel ex­tract was found to be an ef­fec­tive MMP en­zyme with par­tic­u­lar abil­ity to in­hibit the pri­mary bad­dies MMP-1 and MMP-13.

Be­sides its anti-MMP ac­tions, Bi­olane also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory, an­tiox­i­dant and ma­rine min­eral heal­ing ac­tions. Suc­cess­fully for­mu­lated into cap­sule form, Bi­olane is now mak­ing it pos­si­ble to re­store trou­bled joints.

Bi­olane works en­tirely dif­fer­ent from glu­cosamine and other joint sup­ple­ments. Glu­cosamine is likened to a sup­ply of raw in­gre­di­ents to re­pair dam­aged car­ti­lage, but does not have any ef­fect on de­struc­tive MMP en­zymes.

With var­i­ous New Zealand Green Lipped Mus­sel sup­ple­ments in the mar­ket, look for the Bi­olane logo to be sure of get­ting the full ben­e­fits of 40 years of re­search history.

Just as joint prob­lems do not de­velop overnight, the process of joint re­pair and restora­tion will also take time es­pe­cially if it in­volves a meta­bolic of rebalancing MMP en­zymes.

Bi­olane has been clin­i­cally tested in pa­tients to de­liver a 70% suc­cess rate. How­ever, pa­tients will need to un­dergo a treat­ment course of at least three months at the right dose.

Pa­tients also need to un­der­stand that Bi­olane is not a painkiller and they may still need to take their painkillers ini­tially.

The ad­di­tional ad­van­tage of Bi­olane is its stom­ach-pro­tect­ing prop­er­ties when taken to­gether with painkillers, lead­ing to a re­duc­tion in gas­tric le­sions by over 50%.

Bi­olane is prob­a­bly one of the most en­dur­ing joint prod­ucts in the world to­day. In 2005, the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Com­ple­men­tary Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion (ACCMER) awarded Bi­olane the Ideal An­tiArthritic Agent ac­co­lade, fur­ther ce­ment­ing its ster­ling rep­u­ta­tion.

Bi­olane is used by med­i­cal pre­scribers in over 25 coun­tries world­wide and is now avail­able in lead­ing phar­ma­cies and clin­ics in Malaysia.

By chance at the phar­macy, Belinda learnt about Bi­olane and man­aged to per­suade her mother to give it a try.

Three months later, Su Lin came to wake Belinda up one morn­ing for break­fast. It was a shock be­cause it meant her mother had walked up the flight of stairs to her bed­room. Belinda then de­cided to start on Bi­olane in car­ing for her joints.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by the Nu­vaceu­ti­cals Di­vi­sion of Nu­vanta Sdn Bhd.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-5636 3758 or 1300 881 712. THE eyes are the win­dow to the soul, and when we want to know what some­one’s re­ally feel­ing, that’s when we gaze at them. When you want to pack a wal­lop for that first eye-meet, a lit­tle help goes a long way.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your eyes with just a liner and mas­cara. The trick to open­ing up your eyes and mak­ing them look big­ger is to use your makeup to draw at­ten­tion but to leave the lines open ended. So start in the mid­dle of the up­per lid and draw down to the out­side of your eye. Go a lit­tle bit past it.

Do the same on the bot­tom of your eye. Start in the mid­dle and draw out to the out­side. Now check in the mir­ror: the line will draw at­ten­tion to your eyes and then out to your cheeks.

In tune with con­trast, look at your skin tone. Take a pen­cil that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone. Smudge a lit­tle in the cor­ner of your eye. By mak­ing this area slightly lighter, you open up your eyes a lit­tle fur­ther.

Now add mas­cara, put­ting on one layer, let­ting it dry and adding an­other. This will fur­ther frame your eyes, adding depth and lus­tre. Don’t for­get to brush your eye­brows. Brush­ing them up, and add a lit­tle colour for em­pha­sis will help show­case your eyes. – The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

With re­cent ad­vance­ments in biotech­nol­ogy, sci­en­tists have now un­cov­ered a nat­u­ral sub­stance that is ac­tive against MMP en­zymes.

The trick to make your eyes look big­ger is by us­ing your makeup to draw at­ten­tion but leave the lines open-ended.

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