Was that snap, crackle, and pop your knee or mine? What do you turn to for relief – TigerBalm, Aspirin, glucosamine/chondroitin . . . chocolate and a tranquillizer?
If you are like most Americans, you may be using two of the most popular forms of arthritis supplements – glucosamine and chondroitin.
Approximately, $810 million was spent on these nutrients in 2005. Glucosamine and chondroitin can provide relief, but researchers are finding another nutrient may have more superior benefits in restoring joint health.
Collagen type II (CTII) is an effective source for alleviating joint stiffness and increasing mobility. Several studies have found CTII reduces joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis, but a new study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that it is also an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.
Researchers recruited 52 subjects with osteoarthritis in the knees to take CTII or a glucosamine/chondroitin combination for 90 days.
Volunteers taking CTII had a 20% decrease in pain during exercise, while glucosamine/chondroitin only relieved pain by 6%. Overall, CTII reduced joint pain by 40%. The glucosamine/chondroitin combination only alleviated joint pain by 15.4%. Quality of life also improved in the CTII group, as daily activities were easier to perform.
How does collagen type II alleviate joint pain? CTII is the primary form of collagen naturally found in joint cartilage. The body needs CTII to rebuild connective tissue. Supplementing with a superior form of collagen can help reduce inflammation and the breakdown of collagen in the body. For the best absorption, choose a hydrolyzed collagen type II to restore joint health.
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