Chon­droitin a for­got­ten hero

Hastings Leader - - News - BY JOHN ARTS

If you use a joint sup­ple­ment for os­teoarthri­tis then stop read­ing and get the bot­tle and check the amount of chon­droitin sul­phate (CS) in the daily dose. Most older-style for­mu­las will have up to 20 per cent CS in the for­mula typ­i­cally about 200mg in a daily dose. Chon­droitin is a struc­tural com­po­nent of car­ti­lage adding strength and re­sis­tance to com­pres­sion.

The study that changed it all for me was pub­lished in the An­nals of Rheumatic Dis­eases (Wildi et al, 2011) the study ti­tle is: Chon­droitin sul­phate re­duces both car­ti­lage vol­ume loss and bone mar­row le­sions in knee os­teoarthri­tis pa­tients start­ing as early as six months af­ter ini­ti­a­tion of ther­apy: a ran­domised, dou­ble-blind, place­bo­con­trolled pi­lot study us­ing MRI.

Eighty peo­ple with sim­i­lar grades of knee OA were cho­sen. Half were given 800mg of CS as 400mg twice daily for six months. The other group was given a placebo. The two groups were com­pared af­ter six months. The group us­ing CS had much less car­ti­lage loss.

The next phase gave all par­tic­i­pants 800mg of CS for an­other six months. The same re­sults oc­curred. Those on the placebo showed a re­duc­tion in car­ti­lage loss while the group that had con­tin­ued with CS now for 12 months con­tin­ued with much less car­ti­lage loss.

As a con­se­quence I re-for­mu­lated my joint sup­port for­mula and lifted CS to the lev­els used in the study. I also added a po­tent an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory 95 per cent cur­cumin (from turmeric) ex­tract.

Even joints that show signs of de­gen­er­a­tion can im­prove. As an ex­am­ple one man I have been help­ing no­ticed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in mo­bil­ity and com­fort af­ter only a few months and is now even able to ski again. Give me a call or email john@abun­dant.co.nz if you need more in­for­ma­tion.

■ John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For ques­tions or ad­vice con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­dant.co.nz. Join his news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz

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