How are your joints? (Part 1)

I have just got off the phone speaking with a client in his 70’s. He had damaged his knees playing rugby and now had fairly advanced osteoarthritis in his knees. We started him on a programme for his knees early in the year.

This involved reducing inflammation with some diet changes and adding my high chondroitin joint formula initially at a double dose delivering 1600mg of chondroitin, the same of glucosamine and 400mg of a 95% Curcumin (from turmeric) extract.

He has been genuinely surprised by how much more comfortable he has been. The degeneration is still there but reducing joint inflammation and helping to improve remaining cartilage function can translate to real improvements.

It is all about Chondroitin

High levels of chondroitin are important as this helps to stimulate cartilage production from specialised cells called chondrocytes. Chondroitin is now so widely accepted that in Europe doctors are able to prescribe this for osteoarthritis. It has been proven to be effective with by few side effects.

How do you feel out of 10?

When starting a joint programme I encourage people to regularly assess how they are progressing.  A simple way is to do a regular assessment every couple of weeks by rating the pain and mobility out of 10.
Someone with an 8/10 rating may have a 3 month goal to get to 5/10.

Another good way to monitor is the amount of (any) pain relief/anti-inflammatory medication being used. Whatever system of assessment what we are looking for is a reduction in pain and corresponding improvement in mobility.

While diet and supplements can make a huge difference the most important factor is time. Today I created a programme for someone with serious degeneration in both wrists with one so severe that a specialist has recommended surgery. I stressed to her that the critical time period is not so much the first weeks but the 6-12 week time frame when I am sure she will notice a difference.

What to do now?

Give you joints a rating out of 10. If they rate anything above 2/10 you should act now and contact me for personalised advice.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at john@abundant.co.nz.

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2019

How can Bettaflex help?

Sore joints from osteoarthritis can result in pain and a loss of movement. BETTAFLEX has can help provide the glucosamine, chondroitin and turmeric extract needed to support joint health and joint flexibility.

BETTAFLEX is a special joint health formulation using well researched ingredients to support the Bodys natural joint repair processes. The power of BETTAFLEX comes from the synergy of well researched Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, and a potent 95% Curcumin (from turmeric)) extract.

Recent research suggests that Chondroitin sulphate is needed at levels of 800mg can help support many aspects of cartilage function. In particular, Chondroitin sulphate helps specialised cartilage cells called chondrocytes to funtion normnally. Diminished chondrocyte function is now believed to be a major factor in osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine is a pre-cursor for new cartilage formation while chondroitin is a natural component of cartilage. Turmeric extract can help support anti-inflammatory processes as inflammation of joint tissue is part of osteoarthritis.

Benefits of BETTAFLEX:

  • Assists the rebuilding of cartilage to aid joint function and general mobility
  • Helps to maintain healthy cartilage and joints
  • Can assist by promoting joint repair processes
  • Bettaflex is safe to use with conventional treatments to aid joint lubrication and mobility
  • Bettaflex can help support anti-inflammatory processes in affected joint tissue.

Caution: Should not be used by those taking some anti-coagulant (blood thinner) medication, especially warfarin, without advice from your health professional

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