Napier Courier - - News - BY JOHN ARTS 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 [email protected]­dant.co.nz. Join his new news­let­ter at www.abu

Last edi­tion we looked at a ma­jor re­search study (Wildi et al, 2011) that con­firmed the ben­e­fits of high dose chon­droitin sul­phate (CS) for joints af­fected by os­teoarthri­tis. This week we dig a lit­tle fur­ther. I have no doubt that the cor­rect dose of high grade CS is the num­ber one nat­u­ral com­pound to help sta­bilise joints af­fected by os­teoarthri­tis.

As an ex­am­ple I have been help­ing a man with os­teoarthri­tis in both knees. The pain lev­els had be­come quite de­bil­i­tat­ing. We started with a booster dose of 1600mg of high grade chon­droitin with the same amount of glu­cosamine and 400mg of high po­tency cur­cumin (from turmeric). Af­ter three months the pain level had sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced and is now mo­bile again.

More re­cent re­search from the British Med­i­cal Jour­nal (May 2017) com­pared high grade chon­droitin with com­mon anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion and found that 800mg of CS was ben­e­fi­cial. Re­searchers com­mented, “This com­pelling ben­e­fit-risk pro­file, in light of the known clin­i­cal risks as­so­ci­ated with chronic us­age of NSAIDS and parac­eta­mol, un­der­scores the po­ten­tial im­por­tance of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal-grade [chon­droitin sul­fate] in the man­age­ment of knee [os­teoarthri­tis], es­pe­cially in the older pop­u­la­tion re­quir­ing long-term treat­ment.”

The ques­tion is how can it help? What does it do to arthritic joints? Re­searchers have found that CS has mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits. Firstly it helps reg­u­late in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses within the joint cap­sule.

Se­condly and more im­por­tantly it helps spe­cialised cells that re­side in car­ti­lage called chon­dro­cytes. CS im­proves the abil­ity of chon­dro­cytes to se­crete and re­pair car­ti­lage. This comes as no sur­prise as CS is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of car­ti­lage. I have worked with so many peo­ple with os­teoarthri­tis that I am gen­uinely sur­prised if we can­not get an im­prove­ment within three months.

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