The following is an excerpt from
The Health Sciences Institute Newsletter
“Food” for cartilage mends damaged joints
In European medical literature, the appearance of a therapeutic substance derived from collagen – the protein that cartilage is made of – dates back to the early 1920’s.
In 1936, this substance, called collagen hydrolysat (Collagen Type II), received the classification known as GRAS: “generally recognized as safe.” In recent years, it’s been on the market in Germany and Europe as a home remedy and a treatment for diseases of the skeletal system and joints.
In the US, one laboratory picked up on the research, and spent years testing the safety and effectiveness of collagen hydrolysat.
They found that a series of 18 amino acids, which are joined together in chains by peptide bonds. These amino acids are the very same that make up the framework of human cartilage, contributing to its configuration, flexibility and strength. In other words, this substance supplies your cartilage with the nutrients necessary to rebuild cartilage.
In some studies, animals fed this new substance experienced such significant cartilage growth, researchers could measure it with a ruler! In a controlled study done in 1993, at the Clinical Department of the Veterinary University in Hanover, researchers measured a significant increase in thickness in just a few months.
And the early results in humans are just as exciting!
In one study, 356 people suffering from arthritis in one or more joints – knees, hips, spine – took 1 tablespoon a day for three months. The effectiveness was measured on the basis of subjective statements and on the reduction in the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and reduction in frequency of steroid injections.
Those suffering with knee pain were completely free of complaints.
Test Results: 99.2 percent of the patients showed “good” or “very good” results. Those with knee pain were completely free of complaints after six months of treatment. There were no side effects.
In another study, sixty men and women, ages 8 to 33, with arthritis of the knee, were treated for three months. The patients were examined after one, two and three months. 86 percent reported greater ease climbing stairs, and 58 percent were free of pain while at rest. At the end of the three months, 75 percent of the patients were free of pain. The researchers concluded that cartilage regeneration occurred in 80 percent of the cases.
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