Did you know that more than 25% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from osteoarthritis? That’s why you and your orthopedist need to know about UC-II.
The compound glucosamine is commonly known for its ability to support joints, but research has shown that it serves many other purposes within the body. Learn more about the benefits of this nutrient from Amanda Williams, MPH.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Everyone’s heard the saying, “Oh, my aching joints!” Today, I want to spotlight one of our really amazing formulations that is very much geared towards the health of your joints. We know that arthritis is a major problem. There are so many millions of people who are affected by arthritic joints and they’re always seeking new ways or remedies to try to support that in a much more feasible way, without always having to turn towards NSAIDs. Today, I want to talk about one of those formulations that is concentrated towards all of the aspects of our joints.†
The important components in Flex Hx
Flex HxⓇ is an amazing formulation that our scientific director, Jerry Hickey, designed and developed. It contains hydrolyzed collagen. People often ask if they also need to be taking this if they’re taking another collagen supplement such as our Collagex HA and I always say the more the merrier. Take a scoop of the Flex HxⓇ along with the Collagex HA is a really good idea because we’re getting an amazing blend of these really synergistic nutrients to really optimize the health of our joints. We want to be able to flex our muscles, but we also want to make sure that our joints have good flexibility. We don’t want them to be stiff. We want them to be able to have nice, gliding movements. We can achieve this in our joints by restoring collagen with hydrolyzed collagen peptides.†
Then, we combine that with bromelain. Bromelain is a really amazing nutrient that comes from the stem of pineapple. This is a powerful proteolytic enzyme that works as a digestive enzyme, as well as for targeting inflammation. The Flex HxⓇ formulation also contains chondroitin. When we are using the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, we are doing a lot of rebalancing of the joint space. We also have manganese in this formula. Manganese is a very important mineral that is involved in the synthesis and activation of many different enzymes that regulate a lot of different functions in the body.†
Research on how these nutrients work in the joints
Manganese plays a really substantial role in the joint space. They have done studies where they’ve given manganese to people who have osteoarthritis of the knee. By doing this, the researchers found that this helped to slow the destructive process of that arthritic joint. So how is manganese able to achieve this? When we understand the different places within where manganese is working, one of the places happens to be in the structure of ligaments and tendons. Manganese, copper and iron play a really key role in the health of our joints.†
Many other studies have looked at glucosamine and chondroitin. One large study looked at the efficacy of supplementation of the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin in people with arthritis. The researchers found that when they gave patients glucosamine and chondroitin, it does a really fine job of reestablishing the function within the joint and alleviating a lot of the symptoms that people have when it comes to arthritis.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses Flex HxⓇ, a powerful powder formulation that is packed with nutrients that can support the health of the joints. She details the important role of the mineral manganese within the body and also references studies explaining how important many of these ingredients are for joint health.†
- The role of manganese in the body
- How minerals impact joint health
- The benefits of Flex HxⓇ outside of joint health
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How Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supports More Than Joint Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 292
Most of us have been impacted by sore, achy, stiff joints and think that it’s just part of the aging process. But there are two nutrients that have been shown to help – Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are two well-known nutritional supplements. Now, science shows evidence that Glucosamine and Chondroitin may have the ability to shield us from several cancers and do it to a fairly good degree.
The Power of Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Joint Health Support – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 194
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Most of us know someone who has been impacted by sore joints, achy joints, stiff joints. Many times, many people just deal with this. They just look at it as part of the aging process. Maybe they just get accustomed to taking their NSAIDs on a daily basis, which can come with their own slew of side effects. I want to talk today about the true impact of arthritis, how many people are actually affected by this, and what you can be doing. We know that food matters, exercise matters, but certainly different nutrients that you are taking can make a huge impact as well.
The Arthritis Foundation came out with their latest findings, talking about how there are over 100 different types of arthritis. We know that arthritis itself affects more than 1 in 4 adults in the US, so that’s 25% of the population, which is a really large number. What’s interesting is that they’ve done these adjusted estimates to say that close to 100 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. This is key because many people will deal with arthritis and joint pain and stiffness and they’ll never tell their physician, so it’s not technically a diagnosis. It’s just something that they deal with as part of their daily routine. That’s a really alarming thing.†
To learn more about the risks associated with arthritis and joint dysfunction, tune into the full podcast episode.
How to improve joint health
An awful lot of people are dealing with arthritis and the health burden that accompanies it. This can really impact someone’s social interactions. If someone’s always feeling chronic pain, they may not want to go out and do the things that they used to do. Maybe they were more physically active, and now they have chronic knee pain or chronic hip pain and they just don’t have that desire to go out and stay as active as they once used to. This is why it’s really incredibly important to make sure that you are doing the right things to help your body. This includes:
- Nourishing nutrients: Omega 3 fatty acids, Collagen (especially Type 1), Glucosamine and Chondroitin†
- Avoiding pro-inflammatory foods, like sugar
- Staying physically active
Glucosamine and chondroitin
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been around for so long, with people taking them for their joints. A meta-analysis conducted a few years ago through the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research looked at 30 different randomized controlled trials of glucosamine and chondroitin and how effective they are when it comes to alleviating pain symptoms, as well as improving functionality within the joints. They found that glucosamine significantly improved the joint functionality in terms of stiffness of the joint. They found that the chondroitin was also very very powerful when it came to alleviating pain symptoms, as well as improvement of joint function.†
So what are glucosamine and chondroitin? Chondroitin is this major component of cartilage that helps to retain water. It helps with mobility and allows the cartilage to remain in a hydrated state. Chondroitin itself is made in the body naturally, but as we get older, our natural production of chondroitin will begin to diminish. Glucosamine is a natural compound that is found within healthy cartilage, particularly found within the fluid around the joints. Studies show that it plays this really important role in terms of easing inflammation, as well as helping with cartilage regeneration. For more information on the benefits of both glucosamine and chondroitin, make sure to listen to the full podcast episode.†
Knowing that we have 1 in 4 US adults dealing with some form of chronic joint pain or joint dysfunction, knowing that our collagen levels go down once we hit 25, knowing that the body starts to diminish its ability to produce chondroitin as we get older, it makes sense that when we think about a joint health regimen, it makes sense that we include nutrients such as collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin.†
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