Sunday, August 1, 2010

"JOINT JUICE"-A NEW "PALLIATIVE" FOR ARTHRITIC PAIN RELIEF?


Joint pains affect a significant segment of the population beyond the age of 45 years. Arthralgia and Arthritis refer to joint pains in humans and there are more than a dozen reasons for developing such ailments affecting joints like knees, elbows, fingers, hips and parts of the body where bones, muscles and tendons have to move freely for carrying out many every day physical activities smoothly. While Arthralgia causes non-inflammatory type joint pains, all arthritic related pains are inflammatory in nature. Many anti-inflammation drugs and corticosteroids help in giving relief from arthritic joint pains though temporarily but joint replacement by surgical intervention is becoming common now a days.

Three most commonly used chemicals to treat joint pains are glucosamine, chondroitin and methyl sulfomethyl methane though they are not still approved universally as safe and effective drugs. Research studies are neither conclusive nor unanimous regarding the effectiveness of treatment with the above chemicals though majority seems to be favoring their use. No toxic effects have been reported on their regular consumption. Many countries allow them as food supplements requiring no clinical data to prove the claims or the safety of use.

Glucosamine, by far the most frequently preferred joint pain relief supplement has been extensively studied and as it is a part of the biological system its use is logically taken as safe as well as effective by the consumers. It is essential for stimulation of synovial production of hyaluronic acid and inhibition of cartilage degrading liposomal enzymes. Glucosamine is an amino sugar and as such is a precursor to all glycosylated proteins in human system. Though it is produced mostly by extracting chitin and chitosan through hydrolysis of exoskeleton of crustaceans there are plant derived glucosamine for the benefit of vegans. Fermentation of corn or wheat is a route used to make vegan glucosamine. The mold Aspergillus niger is a good source of glucosamine which can be extracted from its cell wall.

Recent development of two products, Joint Juice and Joint Juice Performance Water which are liquid dietary supplements contain glucosamine, a natural compound found in healthy cartilage. According to the Mayo Clinic authorities, studies by their scientists have indicated that glucosamine is beneficial in treating arthritis, particularly for the knee joints. Commercial preparations, depending on the formula and flavor, may also contain B vitamins, electrolytes and vitamin C. If the claims of the scientists who developed these products mainly for professional athletes, are to be believed the supplement can improve flexibility and joint function within four to eight weeks of daily use. What is disturbing about these claims is that such assertions are not supported by clinical studies and no health authorities any where in the world have evaluated these products let alone accord approval from safety angle. The glucosamine in Joint Juice does have the advantage of being plant-based, whereas most glucosamine products in the market are derived from shellfish and are not vegetarian in nature.

V.H.POTTY
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5 comments:

celine said...

I learned something about treat joint pain just now. Visiting different blogs means learning new stuffs. At my prime age I already know how joint pain feels that's why I've been interested about different joint pain. Wanna find out its cause and cure.

Judloved said...

Care must be taken more now for the problems of pain, chronic there are many places now also on the internet where they can find information free of charge, i reported in findrxonline that medicines that help counteract the pain are drugs or the drugs opioids, only when prescribed with prescription medicines and with the concurrence of a specialist in the field.

Eric Berg Pain Magic said...

Me also in visiting different blogs so can learn more not just in school but in different ways can learn.

Russ Ward said...

Thank you for this useful contribution.
Joint Juice products have been improved and now have 200mg of chondroitin.

You can see the latest products at http://jointjuice.com/products.jsp

Jai said...

Hi All,

I want to know if i can get the Joint Juice in India.....

Any help appreciated....