Kura Glucosamine and Chondroitin
STRENGTH: 1000 mg
They promote mobility and flexibility.
How do we treat the pain and suffering of joint diseases naturally? Over 40 million Americans are thought to suffer from pain and loss of mobility due to a painful degenerative disease called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that refers to the start of what eventually may become rheumatoid arthritis over time. Osteoarthritis is a disease where the cartilage that covers the bones in our joints is slowly destroyed allowing the bones to rub against each other. The result of this action is extreme pain, and its that pain that most modern arthritis treatments try to alleviate (with limited success and side affects). This is where glucosamine (as a supplement) comes in. Glucosamine is found in the body largely in cartilage, it is one of the components discussed above that covers and protects the joints. As we age, and the abuse on our joints begins to take its toll, it can lead to thinning of protective cartilage and degradation of the joint itself, which can be very painful. Many of the medications that are currently being offered on the market do not offer true relief, they only mask the pain. But glucosamine in conjunction with other synergistic nutrients such as chondroitin have been shown to help rebuild the joint tissue and alleviate the pain that the loss of cartilage causes.
Chondroitin has also been shown, in numerous trials to relieve painful symptoms and possibly slow the progression of, or reverse osteoarthritis. Chondroitin works because it consists of repeating chains of molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAG's) which are what is known as glycoproteins. These glycoproteins are some of what is found in the base matrix that makes up the articular tissue in the joint. According to the research, taking the right form of this ingredient can assist in the rehabilitation of the connective matrix that is associated with aging and joint abuse. More recent studies have indicated that chondroitin may even promote healing of bone tissue, primarily because of the fact that a majority of these glycosaminoglycans found in bone consist of chondroitin sulfate.
Chondroitin assists the soft tissue in our joints in their ability to hold water and nutrients internally, and helps the circulation of other molecules so they can move freely throughout the cartilaginous matrix. This is a very important function in that there is no blood supply to cartilage. And since chondroitin is a major constituent of cartilage that provides structure to the articular surface of the joint, it is extremely important in maintaining its structural integrity preventing weaknesses that can cause accidents and injuries to occur. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin taken together establishes a strong foundation in the defense of your mobility for years to come. If the user has been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease it is imperative that action be taken to repair the damage as soon as is possible. Medications have not proven to be able to accomplish this, however taking the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin helps to rebuild the tissues that need the attention, and help to relieve the pain of a disease that has now become synonymous with old age. Old age is inevitable; however joint disease does not have to be.
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