Arthritis is the inflammation of joints, which is often characterised by pain, stiffness, swelling and sometimes reduced ability of movement. Millions of people suffer from arthritis where there are approximately 200 variations, including the main types of oesteo, rheumatoid, lupus and spondylitis.
To help maintain joints and ligaments there are key building blocks including, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid.
- Collagen is a main component of tendons, ligaments and spinal discs. It is composed of strings of protein that actually connect the cells to each other. Collagen helps to maintain good joint structure and also helps to maintain the building blocks for hair, skin and nails.
- Glucosamine is an amino sugar ocurring naturally in the body and is involved in the formation and rebuilding of connective tissues such as cartilage and basement membranes. This maintains all round general good health and levels of hyaluronic acid, which is a major cushioning ingredient of joint fluids and the aurrounding tissues.
- Chondroitin sulphate helps to maintain the cartilage with is elasticity aiding in the maintenance and protection for bones in contact with one another, just like a shock absorber.
- Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally throughout the body and is found in the synovial fluid of the joints for lubrication, the connective tissues and in the vitreous humour (fluid) of the eye. As we age the viscousity of the joint fluid breaks down, becomes thin and is unable to cushion the joint cartilage. This leads to increased friction causing wear and tear on the cartilage surfaces of the joints. Hyaluronic acid helps to restore the normal viscousity of joint fluid and to prevent further damage to joints.