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Keeping your joints supple and flexible this winter could be as easy as increasing your essential fatty acid intake, new research has revealed.

Osteoporosis (OA) sufferers who took part in a study carried out by American College of Rheumatology (ACR) were able increase the distance that they were able to walk pain-free by an average of 45 percent after taking Celadrin, a patented blend of essential fatty acids . Participants also reported a 35 percent decrease in knee discomfort following the trial and displayed significantly improved knee function overall.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated 93 participants over a period of 60 days. Subjects, ranging from 40 to 86 years of age, all suffered from OA of the knee and were selected according to criteria, the gold standard criteria for selecting patients to take part in OA trials. All patients were evaluated before Celadrin was administered and again after two, four and eight weeks. During each evaluation, participants were asked to walk for six minutes to measure how far they could travel before having to stop due to knee discomfort.

Essential fatty acids contribute to joint health by decreasing inflammation in the joint area. The fatty acids are also thought to help repair damaged cell membranes and replace lost fluids in joints, thereby increasing the “slip” between joint surfaces. As a result, joint mobility and flexibility is increased and pain is reduced.

Celadrin is thought to be more effective in helping to support joint health due to the high bioavailability of its essential fatty acids compared to other sources such as fish oils. Essential fatty acids contained in fish oils come in triglyceride form and the body has to metabolise these triglycerides into an esterified form before the Essential fatty acids can be used. Celadrin is a blend of essential fatty acids that are already esterified and are therefore more readily utilized by the body.

GP and orthopaedic sports physician Dr Rav Naik , says: “These are promising results and warrant further investigation. Complementary medications can be used in combination with physical therapy and joint protection techniques to improve joint health and lessen the risk of developing arthritis. If steps are taken early enough then conditions like arthritis could even be prevented from occurring in the first place.”

Celadrin® has already been clinically proven to improve flexibility and mobility with no side effects in the USA but this is the first pilot trial to take place in the UK. Taking Celadrin® daily may help relieve symptoms of arthritis and lower the risk of developing it in the first place2,3,4.

Celadrin is available in the UK under the brand name Lubramine

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Product information:

Lubramine is available from Boots & Superdrug stores priced at £9.95 for 30 capsules or by calling 08000 747 404.

For more information please visit the website: www.celadrin.com

For more information or to arrange an interview with case studies, please contact:

For more information on case studies or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Lizzie Andrews - lizzie@tiger-white.com tel: 0207 202 8520

Andrew Stevens - andrew@tiger-white.com, tel: 0207 202 8520

References:

1. Independent research carried out by Kember Associates on behalf of Goldshield, 2006. Data on file and available on request.

2. Hesslink Jr. RL et al. J Rheumatol. 29, 8:1708-12, 2002

3. Gallaher DD, Gallaher CM, Hesslink Jr. RL FASEB J. 16, 4:A365, 2002

4. Kraemer WJ et al. J Rheumatol. 31, 4:767-74, 2004

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