To­wards bet­ter mo­bil­ity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

TO Richard Ooi, aged 45, his mother has al­ways been a pic­ture of vi­tal­ity and pos­i­tiv­ity. Even at 73, Mrs Ooi still en­joys gar­den­ing. How­ever, lately Richard has no­ticed that his mother avoids the stairs and seems to be stay­ing home more of­ten. She is un­able to walk far be­fore her knees give way.

Mrs Ooi started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing joint pains in her right knee about three years ago. She started tak­ing the usual oint­ments and glu­cosamine supplements, which worked for awhile but the joint pains seem to have re­turned. Her gar­den is now ne­glected as she can­not squat to tend to her plants.

Al­though his mother doesn’t com­plain and puts up a brave front, Richard un­der­stands how frus­trated and con­fined she must be feel­ing, be­ing un­able to do what she en­joys in her golden years. How­ever, this does not ex­plain why there are so many peo­ple in their 60’s and 70’s who are still mo­bile and ac­tive while some 50year-olds are hav­ing aches, pains and joint stiff­ness in their knees and fin­gers.

Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that the rea­son is due to the nat­u­ral joint re­pair­ing process that oc­curs in the case of in­jury. Be­fore the joint can be re­built and re­paired, it first needs to be bro­ken down. To do the job, a type of en­zyme known as Ma­trix Me­tal­lo­pro­teinases (MMP en­zymes) is re­leased to break down the joint.

In the case of arthri­tis pa­tients, the MMP en­zymes fail to “switch off” and as a re­sult de­stroys the joints. MMP en­zymes also cause in­flam­ma­tion, which con­trib­ute to pain, stiff­ness and swelling. In order to tackle joint prob­lems, the so­lu­tion lies in con­trol­ling the root cause that is the MMP en­zymes. sub­stance called New Zealand Green Lipped Mus­sel ex­tract, also known as Bi­olane, which is able to in­hibit the MMP en­zymes from con­tin­u­ally dam­ag­ing the car­ti­lage, which is be­ing built. With added an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory, an­tiox­i­dant and ma­rine min­eral heal­ing ac­tions, it is able to also ad­dress var­i­ous patholo­gies in­volved in joint de­gen­er­a­tion.

Bi­olane, which has 40 years of re­search be­hind it, has been clin­i­cally tested in pa­tients to de­liver a 70% suc­cess rate for joints to re­turn to nor­mal func­tion. As the process of joint re­pair takes time, rec­om­mended dosage is to in­gest two cap­sules twice daily, for at least three months for best re­sults.

How­ever, Bi­olane is not a painkiller. Pa­tients may still need to take their painkillers ini­tially, be­fore the ben­e­fits of Bi­olane kicks in. Ad­di­tional ad­van­tages are its stom­ach-pro­tect­ing prop­er­ties, which when taken to­gether with painkillers, re­duces the per­cent­age of gas­tric le­sions by more than 50%. In the long run when MMP en­zymes are bal­anced, pa­tients will find that they need not rely on painkillers any more. for her knee prob­lems. When noth­ing hap­pened for the first two months, Mrs Ooi be­gan to doubt if Bi­olane would re­ally work at all, but she per­se­vered.

One morn­ing, Richard was pleas­antly sur­prised when his mother asked to be taken out for break­fast, some­thing she hadn’t re­quested for a long time. Mrs Ooi is now able to walk around her neigh­bour­hood with­out the usual joint pains. She now feels well enough to go out to­gether with the fam­ily. Her son was proud to es­cort his mother to their reg­u­lar cof­feeshop where many old friends com­mented how good it is to see Mrs Ooi out and about once again. Richard now in­tends to start on Bi­olane as his knees are feel­ing the brunt of his hik­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

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