Eggshell Mem­brane

NEM eases joint pain and stiff ness, and it can even help pre­vent joint dam­age in younger peo­ple

Better Nutrition - - CONTENT - /// BY VERA TWEED

Soothe your aching joints with Nat­u­ral Eggshell Mem­brane.

The most com­mon type of joint dis­or­der, os­teoarthri­tis strikes more than 30 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, and many more suff er from less se­vere joint dis­com­fort. Although risk for os­teoarthri­tis in­creases with age, joint in­juries among young ath­letes can set the dis­ease in mo­tion quite early in life.

“We found that when 20- year- old women soc­cer play­ers tore their ACL, you could see arthri­tis in their knees by age 30,” says Jason Theo­dosakis, MD, au­thor of The Arthri­tis Cure. For­tu­nately, Theo­dosakis and other re­searchers have found that Nat­u­ral Eggshell Mem­brane ( NEM) helps to pre­vent dam­age and pro­tects joints.

Com­bat Car­ti­lage Break­down at an Early Age

The hall­mark of os­teoarthri­tis is a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of car­ti­lage that cush­ions joints. Dam­age be­gins years be­fore symp­toms be­come ev­i­dent, and car­ti­lage wears away grad­u­ally over a long pe­riod of time. Even­tu­ally, some cases be­come se­vere enough to be di­ag­nosed as os­teoarthri­tis.

The lat­est study of NEM broke new ground by show­ing that the sup­ple­ment can com­bat car­ti­lage de­te­ri­o­ra­tion at a very early stage. Joint sup­ple­ments are usu­ally tested on peo­ple who have al­ready de­vel­oped os­teoarthri­tis, but in this case, NEM was tested in a group of 60 healthy post­menopausal women who did not have a joint dis­or­der.

The study fol­lowed a group of women be­tween the ages of 40 and 75 who per­formed an ex­er­cise rou­tine on a stair step­per, every sec­ond day for two weeks. Ex­er­cise in­ten­sity was based on each woman’s fi tness level, but was high enough to pro­duce some joint dis­com­fort af­ter a work­out. Half the women took

NEM, while the oth­ers took a placebo.

In ad­di­tion to track­ing joint pain and stiff ness, re­searchers mea­sured a marker of car­ti­lage turnover. Once we reach our 30s, car­ti­lage be­gins to be con­tin­u­ally bro­ken down and re­built, explains Theo­dosakis. In­jury, hor­monal dis­or­ders, rheuma­to­logic dis­eases, and the ag­ing process can lead to more car­ti­lage break­down than re­build­ing, with a net loss of car­ti­lage. And with­out that cush­ion­ing car­ti­lage, joints can be­come stiff or painful.

To track car­ti­lage turnover, re­searchers used a marker called CTX- II, which is as­so­ci­ated with in­ci­dence and pro­gres­sion of os­teoarthri­tis. CTX- II was mea­sured in urine sam­ples taken at the start of the study, af­ter the fi rst week, and at the end of the sec­ond week. Com­pared to women tak­ing a placebo, those tak­ing NEM had lower rates of car­ti­lage turnover.

Pain Re­lief Within Days

Most joint sup­ple­ments can take weeks or months to no­tice­ably re­lieve symp­toms, but NEM acts more rapidly. In the study of healthy women, those tak­ing NEM started to feel less stiff ness af­ter ex­er­cise on the fourth day, and less pain af­ter ex­er­cise on the eighth day.

Sev­eral ear­lier stud­ies tested NEM on peo­ple with os­teoarthri­tis and found that pain and stiff ness be­gan to im­prove af­ter

10 days of daily sup­ple­men­ta­tion. And one study found that NEM even re­lieved joint prob­lems in dogs.

Cell and an­i­mal re­search has found that NEM re­duces infl am­ma­tion that de­stroys car­ti­lage. This quick re­lief can be benefi cial not just to your joints, but to your over­all health as well. “Anything that helps peo­ple ex­er­cise is very benefi cial,” says Theo­dosakis. “Peo­ple give up on ex­er­cise and treat­ments if they don’t have symp­tom benefi ts, but if re­search shows there’s a struc­ture benefi t that’s sep­a­rate, then they should con­tinue with that in­ter­ven­tion.” In other words, with or with­out joint prob­lems, NEM is a good daily sup­ple­ment to keep your joints in the best pos­si­ble shape.

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