Undenatured Collagen Type-II Clinically Proven To Be More Effective Than Glucosamine & Chondroitin
According to a recent study, Glucosamine & Chondroitin might no longer be the joint favourite for arthritis as undenatured collagen type-II was shown to be more than twice as effective in relieving joint pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in a first comparing study (i).
The clinical trial compared undenatured collagen type-II with glucosamine and chondroitin on 52 people with osteoarthritis of the knee suffering from joint pain and stiffness, over 90 days. In the collagen group pain decreased by 40% whereas in the glucosamine/chondroitin group pain decreased by 15.4%. According to the Lequesne index (a functional index for the effect of pain during daily activities) collagen type-II was more than three times as effective as glucosamine/chondroitin.
Collagen Type-II could be the answer to help ease aching joints and promote joint health to the 10 million people who suffer from arthritis in the UK (ii) . The most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA) followed by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). People with arthritis experience painfully stiff joints and decreased mobility.
In osteoarthritis the pain is often the result of wear and tear on cartilage, the protective shock-absorbing layer between joints. When cartilage wears away, joint bones rub together, causing pain and inflammation.
In rheumatoid arthritis the synovial joints are inflamed causing multiple joint destruction, as well as a wide variety of other features except the joints. Rheumatoid joint inflammation results from a deranged immune system attacking the body itself (auto-immune reaction) instead of defending it.
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs relieve disease symptoms, but are unable to cure arthritis. Also anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) only slow down disease progression and cannot cure the disease.
New Springfield Collasense with undenatured collagen type-II relieves arthritic symptoms in a natural way. It adds a new mechanism of action to conventional drugs.
How does New Springfield Collasense work?
Collagen is the main structural protein in the connective tissue of the body. The collagen in joint cartilage is made up of 85-90% collagen type-II.
Undenatured type-II collagen exists from a triple helix-structure of three mutually linked (cross-linked) collage fibres. At oral ingestion, specific components of the intact helical structure are recognised by the immune system in the bowel. Repeated oral intake of undenatured type II collagen will positively influence immune cells involved in arthritic joint inflammation followed by decreasing degradation of affected joint cartilage. This results in a reduction of joint pain and swelling
Undenatured colllagen type II is extracted from the breastbone (sternum) of chickens.
Springfield Collasense undenatured collagen type-II 40mg Available from good health stores, and www.natural-alternative-products.co.uk. It is recommended to take one capsule a day before a meal. The RRP is £38.95 for 60 capsules. Not suitable for vegetarians or people with an allergy /hypersensitivity to chickencollasense
Top Tips for Alleviating Arthritis
- Exercise – keep moving. Don’t be afraid to use your joints. Many people become less active when they develop arthritis because of the pain and fear of causing damage. By developing strong muscles, joints become more stable and activities such as walking and climbing stairs are easier. The best forms of aerobic exercise for people with arthritis are walking, cycling and swimming. Build up slowly.
- Hydrotherapy - Gentle exercise can be carried out in hydrotherapy pools. The
warm water soothes joints, relieves stiffness, and promotes better blood circula-tion. The water enables gentle and low impact exercise.
- Home Help – make sure your home is streamlined and easy to use. Re-arrange cupboards and drawers so items are easy to reach. Use lightweight pans, mugs or kettle. An electric can opener, cap gripper, may come in handy. Use equipment with easy-to-use buttons and choose a good mattress to sleep on.
- Posture – Watch your posture, slouching can add strain on muscles and joints. Sit down when preparing food or use a trolley to move heavy items. Shift rather than lift – slide heavy pans along a kitchen top. Change positions often – shift position or stretch every half an hour.
- Watch your Weight - Excess weight compounds the problem by putting extra strain on damaged joints.
- Massage Magic – Massaging the muscles around the joints will help ease pain and help keep you supple. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage.
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Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
In five women (58-78 years) with severe joint pain, a study was done with 10mg of un-denatured collagen type-11 per day. Participants noted a significant reduction in pain, morning stiffness, stiffness after rest and pain that got worse with movement. There was also an improvement in the motion of the joint. The intake of 40mg product with 10mg of undenatured collagen type-11 at 42 days showed an average reduction of joint pain of 26 percent.
Comparison with Glucosamine/Chondroitin
According to a randomized double-blind study, undenatured collagen type-II is more than twice as effective as glucosamine/chondroitin. The study compared:
- 10mg undenatured collagen type-11 = 40mg material
- 1500mg of glucosamine and chondroitin 1200mg.
52 people with osteoarthritis of the knee suffered from joint pain and stiffness. The mean age was 58.8 years. The study lasted 90 days. In just 30 days a reduction of pain and stiffness was observed in the collagen type-11 group. Pain decreased by 20 percent. In the glucosa-mine/chondroitin group this was 6 percent.
The symptoms of arthritis were measured using the WOMAC score. This is a score for stiffness and a measurement to determine the physical mobility. The score fell 33 percent in the collagen type-II group compared to 14 percent in the glucosamine/chondroitin group. The Visual analog scale (VAS) score is a method to determine the level of pain. There was a de-crease after 90 days by 40 percent in the collagen group compared with 15.4 percent in the glucosamine/chondroitin group. According to the Lequesne index, a functional index for the effect of pain during daily activities, collage type-II was more than three times as effective as glucosamine/chondroitin.
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i Crowley DC, et al. Safety and efficacy of undenatured type of collagen in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: a clinical trial. Int J Med Sci. 2009 Oct 9;6 (6): 312-21
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