Chon­droitin: For­got­ten hero

Waikato News - - MUSIC / HEALTH - 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 all new news­let­ter at www.abund

If you use a joint sup­ple­ment for os­teoarthri­tis then stop read­ing, get the bot­tle and check the amount of chon­droitin sul­phate (CS) in the daily dose. Most old­er­style 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, placebo-con­trolled pi­lot study us­ing MRI.

Eighty peo­ple with sim­i­lar grades of knee OA were cho­sen. Half the par­tic­i­pants were given 800mg of CS as 400mg twice daily for six months. The other group was given a placebo.

The two groups were then com­pared af­ter six months. The group us­ing CS had much less car­ti­lage loss.

The next phase then gave all the par­tic­i­pants 800mg of CS for an­other six months. The same re­sults oc­curred.

Those who had been 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 anti-in­flam­ma­tory 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.

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.

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

Se­condly it helps spe­cialised cells that re­side in car­ti­lage called chon­dro­cytes. CS im­proves the abil­ity of chon­dro­cytes to se­crete and re­pair 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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