Joint Pain: Is Collagen The Answer?
When you are suffering from pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA), back pain or injuries, it is only natural for you to seek help to relieve it especially when the pain is too overbearing. Typical over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like diclofenac (Voltaren), and naproxen can be effective treatments for joint pain, but long term use can lead to peptic ulcers, kidney problems, and even heart attack or stroke. Alternatively, the use of natural supplements as an alternative for pain relief is becoming more mainstream.
The NSAIDs Dilemma
Osteoarthritis is a chronic and debilitating disease. There are several contributors to joint pain. Osteoarthritis is commonly caused by aging, stress, injury and the overuse of joints whereas in rheumatoid arthritis the body’s own immune system attacks itself causing inflammation. Thus, it is not surprising that NSAIDs are used long-term to manage the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Numerous studies have linked NSAIDs to its detrimental side effects especially on the elderly. Among the side effects of NSAIDs are cardiovascular problems. There is an increased risk by 40 to 60% as compared to non-NSAIDs users. In 2011, a study indicated that the use of NSAIDs increases the risk of heart attack by 60%. Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as GI bleeding, heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting are the most common GI effects with the prolonged use of NSAIDs.
How to be Pain-Free Naturally?
Undenatured type II collagen is a unique compound that holds a potential in reducing pain and inflammation safely and naturally. A breakthrough in human studies has proven that undenatured type II collagen reduces joint pain,improves joint function and quality of life. It was demonstrated that undenatured type II collagen even boosts the production of new cartilage.
Undenatured Vs. Denatured
Collagen supplementation has gained popularity for its benefits for our skin, hair, digestive system and joints. However, it is the undenatured type two collagen (UC-II) that is extremely effective in reducing joint pain, discomfort and inflammation. UC-II is processed in low temperature conditions and without chemicals so that it stays in its native state, amplifying its effectiveness. Most type II collagen in the nutritional supplements had their molecules altered and this makes them inactive. UC-II is a patented form of collagen that has been thoroughly researched by Harvard University for its effectiveness on arthritis, not only to relieve joint pain and inflammation but also to slow down the destruction of cartilage. Mr. David Trentham, a Harvard scientist, states that an effective type II collagen must be in its native or ‘original’ form. In its native form, type II collagen UC-II works by regulating the immune system to prevent an inflammatory response, effectively reduces the pain and stiffness associated with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and also helps to regenerate and strengthen cartilage, thus, offering a protective effect. It works via a unique immune mediated process called oral tolerance mechanism. UC-II deactivates immune T-cells that attack collagen structures, stopping the degrading inflammatory process. Research suggests that UC-II is twice as effective as glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritic conditions, working faster and providing more pain relief.
What Science Tells Us?
Undenatured Type II collagen vs. paracetamol
In a randomized controlled study on patients aged 47 to 70 years old, it was demonstrated that patients who took both 1500mg paracetamol together with 10mg undenatured type II collagen daily showed significant improvement in joint pain while walking and also in knee function.
UC-II® reduces joint pain and stiffness
A study conducted on five female subjects aged 58 to 78 years old who have been suffering from severe joint pain showed reduction in pain and stiffness after 42 days. It serves as a novel therapeutic tool in joint inflammation associated with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
UC-II® lengthens the time to onset of initial joint pain
Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition published in 2013 stated that supplementation with UC-II® increases in the time to onset of initial joint pain from 1.4 min to 2.8 minutes after 120 days of consumption.
UC-II® demonstrated significant reductions in the time to complete recovery from joint pain
UC-II reduces the time of subjects experiencing complete recovery from joint pain by 52% at 120 days of UC-II® consumption vs. the placebo groups.
Greater number of subjects have complete loss of knee joint pain with UC-II®
21% of subjects no longer reported joint pain while using the stepmill after ingesting UC-II® for 120 days.
It is important to note that the complete loss of knee pain was not a random event. The pattern among the subjects indicates that loss of knee pain appeared to be a persistent phenomenon that spanned to multiple visits. Clinical reports showed that none of these individuals consumed any pain reliever medication prior to their visits.
Feel The Freedom To Move Without Pain
Joint pain is often increased during prolonged activity, however eliminating exercise won’t help the problem. This is because decreased physical activity is a risk factor for developing or worsening the condition. As we age, our ability to repair cartilage decreases. However, with the right supplementation, nutritional and lifestyle support, joint discomfort does not need to be permanent. Providing your body with the right nutrients support to your joints, can lead to a happy, healthier body and improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
Kordel’s J-flexi is made from UC-II undenatured type II collagen. It is taken once or twice a day to reduce joint pain, as well as improving joint flexibility and mobility. As it is derived from chicken sternum cartilage, it is suitable for individuals who are allergic to seafood. It is suitable to be taken by diabetics because it does not affect the body’s blood sugar control. It is an effective and convenient supplement to be taken for arthritis at a low dose.
Kordel’s J-flexi reduces your joint pain minus the side-effects of painkillers!