Help for age­ing joints

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WOON Pei has seen how her mother has been suf­fer­ing from joint prob­lems for al­most three years.

Over time, her knees got pro­gres­sively worse. Woon has bought her var­i­ous joint sup­ple­ments, oint­ments, knee guards and even es­sen­tial oils but the joint prob­lems keep com­ing back.

Many peo­ple be­lieve joint prob­lems are part of age­ing.

How­ever, a joint prob­lem that gets pro­gres­sively worse over time is in fact due to a de­gen­er­a­tive joint dis­ease called os­teoarthri­tis (OA), which af­fects the joints of the knees, hips, hands and spine.

Within healthy joints, joint tis­sues are able to re­build at the same rate it is bro­ken down. With OA how­ever, the joints break down much faster than the body is ca­pa­ble of re­build­ing. This is driven by en­zymes in the joints known as Ma­trix Me­tal­lo­pro­teinases (MMP en­zymes) or joint-age­ing en­zymes, which are over-ex­pressed within OA. Un­less these MMP en­zymes are in­hib­ited, the joints will even­tu­ally be de­stroyed.

Glu­cosamine sup­ple­ments help build up dam­aged car­ti­lage but are not able to slow down the ex­press break down rate driven by MMP en­zymes.

Many drug com­pa­nies have at­tempted to de­velop drugs to try to tar­get and stop the de­gen­er­a­tive ac­tions of MMP en­zymes.

How­ever, the pro­to­types have been un­suc­cess­ful due to se­ri­ous side ef­fects. Na­ture has pro­duced a so­lu­tion in an un­likely can­di­date – a patented ac­tive Green Lipped Mus­sel Ex­tract (GLME) known as Bi­olane with a re­search his­tory of over 40 years.

How­ever, it was only in the last 15 years that the ad­vance of biotech­nol­ogy was avail­able to prove these ben­e­fits were the out­come of Bi­olane’s unique MMP in­hi­bi­tion prop­er­ties. Bi­olane also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory and an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties to help re­pair and pre­serve joint func­tion­al­ity in the long term.

Bi­olane works dif­fer­ently from glu­cosamine sup­ple­ments, which al­though use­ful as a source of raw in­gre­di­ents in build­ing car­ti­lage, is un­able to slow the rate of break down driven by MMP en­zymes.

Al­though there are var­i­ous New Zealand Green Lipped Mus­sel sup­ple­ments on the mar­ket, con­sumers need to look for the Bi­olane logo to be sure of get­ting the full ben­e­fits of 40 years of re­search and re­sults.

Bi­olane is rec­om­mended es­pe­cially for older pa­tients whose joints have been de­gen­er­at­ing over time and are likely to have tried glu­cosamine but still ex­pe­ri­ence the stiff­ness and loss of nor­mal func­tion­al­ity. In­stead of more in­va­sive ther­a­pies, it is worth­while to try Bi­olane at the rec­om­mended dose of two cap­sules twice daily af­ter food for at least three months. This du­ra­tion is re­quired be­cause joints need time to re­gen­er­ate.

It has to be noted that Bi­olane is nei­ther a drug nor a painkiller and re­sults will not hap­pen overnight.

At the right dose for three months, clin­i­cal stud­ies have shown that seven out of 10 pa­tients have ben­e­fi­cial re­sults.

Woon learnt about Bi­olane from the phar­ma­cist. De­spite tak­ing the right dose re­li­giously af­ter food, her mother was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed to find her con­di­tion re­mained un­changed af­ter two months but con­tin­ued with the treat­ment.

A lit­tle over three months later, Woon was pleas­antly sur­prised to find her mother able to stand up to cook and sleep through the night with­out the ache and stiff­ness grip­ping her knees.

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

■ For de­tails, call 03-5636 3758 or 1300 881 712 or e-mail phar­ma­cist@nu­

To tackle a long-term joint dis­ease such as OA, one needs to sup­ple­ment the body with glu­cosamine sup­ple­ments and also ad­dress MMP en­zymes.

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