Relief from joint pain – new products that work from the inside and out

The link between bad weather and an increase in discomfort from joint problems has been revealed in new scientific research.
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In the UK, about 10 million people suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) and many more have undiagnosed joint stiffness. The prevalence of osteoarthritis increases with age and is greater in women than in men. About 20% of adults aged 45-64 years and 35% of women aged 75 years or over have osteoarthritis in the knee while about 25% of adults over 50 report disability from severe knee discomfort. All too often, the early warning signs and symptoms of joint problems are ignored or just put down to old age, until they become serious and potentially crippling.
People with joint health issues often complain that the weather and climate can badly affect their health. However, scientists have struggled to prove the association and doctors can assume the perception of increased discomfort is in a patient’s mind.
Now new research from the makers of Regenovex¬ģ – a pioneering formulation backed by research to help maintain the health of joints – has shone light on the relationship between changes in weather and an increase in joint health problems such as stiffness. Four out of 10 respondents have even considered moving from the UK to a warmer country because of their joint problems. One in nine (11%) are actively contemplating relocation. Containing two functional ingredients from natural sources – a marine oil and hyaluronic acid – Regenovex¬ģ Capsules, from the smart technology experts at Mentholatum, is specifically formulated to help keep joints healthy. The Regenovex¬ģ range includes one-a-day capsules, a gel and a patch, all containing a marine oil.
Weather misery…
Adults aged 35 to 75 – with an average age of 50 – who suffer from joint health problems or stiffness were questioned about their experiences with weather-related joint issues.
· More than half (55%) said it was during cold periods, followed by damp weather (45%), wet weather (38%) and frosty weather (19%). Just 4% thought hot weather could trigger joint problems.
· A staggering 72% of respondents agreed that they suffered more from joint problems such as discomfort and stiffness because of the weather.
The biggest joint problem symptoms triggered by weather were:
· Discomfort (63%)
· Stiffness (56%)
· Difficulty getting up when seated (30%)
· Difficulty going up or down stairs (24%)
· Difficulty moving (23%).
Other problems included getting out of bed (20%), bending down (17%) and exercising (15%).
When it comes to the areas of the body that are most affected by stiffness, respondents from the Regenovex¬ģ survey cited knees as the worst by more than half (56%), followed by the back (39%), the fingers (26%), hips (25%), hands and neck (both 20%).
Reactions to stiffness triggered by the weather varied:
¬∑ A third (32%) said they just put up with it and don’t take any further action
· One in seven would take over the counter painkillers (14%)
· 12% would opt for a hot bath
·  Other coping strategies included using a hot water bottle (7%) and seeing a GP or pharmacist (5%).
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Physiotherapist, Paul Hobrough (pictured) says: “Joint discomfort and joint health issues are a huge problem in the UK, with millions of diagnosed sufferers and many others who struggle on in silence. Joints that are stiff or cause discomfort can badly affect quality of life, with many activities we take for granted proving difficult or even impossible, including the health benefits of taking regular exercise.
“I see a large number of patients in my clinics nationally, that report bad weather or the cold and damp as a trigger for their joint aches or make them worse. For a long time these people have been told that it is in their mind however I was delighted to read the latest research from Regenovex, building on a growing body of evidence, that supports the association between weather – especially temperature and air pressure – and increased levels of joint discomfort and stiffness. The Regenovex survey found nearly three quarters of those questioned said the weather could be a joint health trigger, with cold and damp conditions blamed the most and Scientists are now investigating the mechanisms behind this phenomenon.”
Paul adds: “Regenovex is a new generation of joint care preparation, with a unique formulation that helps to support joint health, backed by extensive scientific research. The key ingredients are Bionovex Oil, a marine oil derived from New Zealand green lipped mussels and hyaluronic acid. The Bionovex Oil has a proven anti-inflammatory effect which could relieve the pressure build up in the joint, while hyaluronic acid acts to lubricate and cushion your joints. Regenovex could be a major help in treating joint health problems. It not only helps tackle inflammation along a range of pathways, but it may also improve and maintain the synovial fluid in joints. No other product works this way.”
“I am thankful to Regenovex for providing a possible answer to scores of patients who have until now, found themselves suffering without a solution. Only time will tell the extent to which Regenovex will help these people but vast progress has been made and people feel like they are finally being listened to by the healthcare industry.”
About Regenovex¬ģ
Regenovex¬ģ is a technically advanced range of products for joint care from the smart technology experts at Mentholatum. The range includes liquid-filled capsules, readily absorbing gel and a flexible patch. The Regenovex¬ģ formulation is a combination of two functional ingredients from natural sources – marine Bionovex¬ģ Oil and Hyaluronic acid (HA).
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Marine Bionovex¬ģ Oil is a pure, patented, marine lipid oil derived from Green Lipped Mussels found only in the waters between North and South islands of New Zealand. This unique Bionovex¬ģ Oil ingredient contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) including omega-3 PUFAs. It is particularly rich in eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), an omega-3 PUFA unique to Green Lipped Mussels.
Bionovex¬ģ Oil is produced from a unique proprietary extraction process which results in a high quality oil. Marine lipids have been shown to help encourage the body to produce its own anti-inflammatory agent, lipoxin. They do this by inhibiting two separate inflammatory pathways which involve different enzyme systems known as cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX). But, unlike oral NSAIDs, marine lipids have not been associated with stomach discomfort and gastric bleeding.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found naturally in the body in a wide range of tissues, including the joint cartilage. It is also a major component of synovial fluid, the naturally occurring lubricant found in the joints. HA has a variety of functions in the joint, restoring lubrication, providing cushioning, allowing movement and helping to maintain the health of the joint. At low levels of joint impact, such as standing and walking, HA’s properties are primarily lubr
icating.
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At high levels of impact, such as running, football, rugby, hockey, tennis and jumping, HA functions to cushion the joint.
Regenovex¬ģ – An A-Z
Regenovex¬ģ is available in three unique, technically advanced formulations:
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Capsules. An advanced formulation designed for daily joint health, one-a-day Regenovex¬ģ Capsules are very small and easy to swallow.
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Gel is for targeted application on individual joints. Easy to use Regenovex¬ģ Gel is dispensed via a pump and can be rubbed on the joint up to 3 times per day.
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Patch is flexible and can be worn for up to 12 hours, making it ideal for day and night use.
Who can use Regenovex¬ģ?
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ is suitable for adults of all ages and particularly those over 40*.
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Capsules, Gel and the Patch should not be used by pregnant/breastfeeding women or by those allergic to molluscs or shellfish.
·         Regenovex is available from most Boots stores (Jointcare or Vitamins & Supplements aisle) nationwide or online at www.boots.com and www.regenovex.co.uk
Prices include:
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Capsules, pack of 30 capsules: RSP ¬£23.99.
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Gel, 40ml: RSP ¬£11.29.
¬∑ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Regenovex¬ģ Patch, single patch: RSP ¬£2.49.
EASING ACHES & PAINS FROM THE OUTSIDE
New research by Deep Relief Gel reveals that 10 million people in Britain suffer pain almost daily, with a quarter (23%) of us taking time off work because of bodily pain. Over 1000 people took part in the study in the UK:
·         88.3% of us experience bodily aches and pains
·         35% of us will experience this daily
·         40% of us would prefer to use a topical pain relieving product rather than taking pills.
·         34.2% worrying about becoming addicted to popping pills
·         21.8% note that they knew someone who has been addicted to pills.
·         Back pain is the biggest pain area (73.5%), followed by neck and shoulder pain (61.6%), joint pain (51.5%) and tense muscles (42.9%).
·         Topical pain relief gels work differently to pills as they go direct to the site of pain, resulting in far fewer dangers of side effects and work quickly to target the site of pain.
·         A new scientific study proves that Deep Relief works faster to relieve pain than other plain Ibuprofen gels on the UK market.
Deep Relief is a topical analgesic with two active pain relieving ingredients. (Available at Tesco and pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £5.10 for 50g or £10.20 for 100g).
In clinical trials, topical NSAIDS have been shown to be as effective as oral NSAIDS for relieving the pain of sprains and strains. Deep Relief gel is a topical analgesic containing the NSAID ibuprofen, together with the counter-irritant levomenthol; these two ingredients both treat pain. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and swelling through the inhibition of the COX pathway and the reduction of inflammatory prostaglandins, this inhibition of prostaglandins helps to block the pain creation mechanism, as prostaglandins are mediations of pain. Levomenthol works by interrupting the pains signals with either sensory stimulus (i.e. cold), which results in the sensation and perception of pain being reduced (Levomenthol is the single active ingredient which is used in 4head). Levomenthol has a synergistic effect with the ibuprofen, which means that the amount of ibuprofen permeating across the skin membrane after 1 and 4 hours from the Deep Relief gel is found to be 2.6 and 1.7 times higher respectively than other topical pain relief gels containing just ibuprofen.
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Vitamin C deficiency linked to gout in men

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London: Men with a higher vitamin C intake seem to be less likely to develop gout, according to a report in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers working in British Columbia, Vancouver, examined the relationship between vitamin C intake and gout between 1986 and 2006 in 46,994 men. Every two years, participants reported whether they had been diagnosed with gout, or had developed symptoms of the condition.

During 20 years of follow-up, 1,317 men developed gout. Compared with men who had a vitamin C intake of less than 250 milligrams per day, the relative risk of gout was 17 percent lower for those with a daily intake of 500 to 999 milligrams, 34 percent lower for those with an intake of 1,000 to 1,499 milligrams per day and 45 percent lower for those with an intake of 1,500 milligrams per day or higher. For every 500-milligram increase in their vitamin C intake, the men’s risk for gout appeared to decrease by 17 percent. Compared with men who did not take vitamin C supplements, those who took 1,000 to 1,499 supplemental milligrams per day had a 34 percent lower risk of gout and those who took 1,500 supplemental milligrams per day had a 45 percent lower risk.

Commenting on the study, Dr Ruxton, scientific advisor to the Health Supplements Information Service notes: ¬ďGout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood and vitamin C appears to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood. When uric acid builds up, it can form crystal deposits in and around the joints, which is what causes the pain and inflammation typical of the condition. In their paper, the researchers suggest that vitamin C might affect the reabsorption of uric acid by the kidneys, increase the speed at which the kidneys work, or protect against inflammation; all of which can reduce the risk of gout.

¬ďGiven the general safety profile associated with vitamin C, a high intake of vitamin C may provide one useful option in helping to prevent gout.¬Ē

The Health Supplements Information Service: The Health Supplements Information Service is supported by a restricted educational grant from the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB). HSIS has been created to provide media with impartial information regarding the health benefits of vitamins and minerals. Experts advising the service include nutritionists; dieticians and doctors. For further information please call 020 7052 8955.

FACT: Gout, a condition that results in acute attacks of arthritis in the joints, is becoming more common. A recent report suggested that, in the UK, it had increased by about 17 percent between 2007 and 2008. Traditionally, gout has most commonly developed in middle aged and older people – mostly men ¬Ė but the condition is now being seen in younger people and also more frequently in women. The reasons for this increase are unclear but it may be linked with dietary change and obesity seems to increase the risk of gout.

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Note: The reference nutrient intake for vitamin C is 40mg/d for men

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Collagen anti-ageing turns back your skin clock

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London: Imagine a pill that would tackle signs of ageing as well as kill joint pain, increase your agility, improve your stamina and help your overall fitness¬Ö

Pure-Col is a 100% pure collagen formula in tablet form that does exactly this, providing the ideal solution for those seeking physiological protection, maintenance and repair from exercise and a skin boost that reduces the appearance of lines on the face. With extensive documented research and clinical trials by doctors and specialists across the world to prove the efficacy of collagen and its combined grooming and fitness benefits, Pure-Col is the ideal skin and performance boost!

So how does it work?

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein found in cartilage, muscle, tendons, ligaments and bones. It has, however, been scientifically shown that collagen diminishes at a rate of approximately 1.5% per annum from the age of 25 years onwards – which is why it is essential to supplement this reduction to ensure long-lasting smooth, firm and supple skin as well as optimum maintenance.

Following extensive documented research and clinical trials to prove its efficacy, Pure-Col is an ideal supplement for those suffering from sustained injury or experience joint pain due to its ability to protect cartilage and synovial fluid against deterioration. It is the raw material used for cartilage synthesis and repair and can also reduce oxidative damage to joints, thus stimulating significant reductions in joint pain, tenderness and swelling.
The benefits of Pure-Col include:
¬ē Smoothed lines and wrinkles
¬ē Smoother, tighter skin, thicker hair and strengthened nails
¬ē Increased stamina, agility, speed and performance
¬ē Reduces aches and pains
¬ē Overall physiological protection, maintenance and repair
¬ē Radiant complexion
¬ē Improves body’s joint mobility
¬ē 100% natural with no known side-effects
So what is the difference between Pure-Col and other collagen supplements?

With over 20 years of research and development, Pure-Col goes through a special and complicated production process to ensure maximum absorption. Unlike other collagen supplements, which the body finds difficult to absorb effectively, this patented formula ensures that the objectives of optimum bioactivity and as close to 100% absorption by the body are achieved.

Pure-Col is priced £29.95 for one months’ supply. For stockist details or to order, please contact 100% Collagen Ltd on 0191 291 3385 or visit www.collagen4u.co.uk

Rosehips the new superfood for joints

London: Rosehips are the new superfood, according to a new study from Denmark.

The rosehip which is packed with vitamin C also contains another compound which reduces inflammation in joints.

The study was carried out by researchers at the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, said they could have a ‘wide therapeutic effect’.

The reddish-orange fruit has more than ten times the vitamin C content of oranges and was used by Vikings to present scurvy on their long sea voyages.

It was also given to millions of children during and after World War ll to compensate for a lack of vitamins in the rationed diet.

The Danish research found than 80 per cent of the osteoarthritis sufferers who took part found rosehip extract helped ease their pain within three weeks.

After three months they noticed a significant decrease in the stiffness of their joints, making movement easier.

Joint pain relief with new Ostex

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London: With all the sporting action this summer many of us might feel the urge to get on our feet and have a go ourselves. But whether it¬ís kicking a football around the garden, improving our racquet skills or even jogging round the block ¬Ė the aches and pains we feel afterwards come home to roost as the joints in our poor old arms, legs and backs suffer from weeks or even months of underuse.

But achy joints are no excuse, because Ostex, a natural supplement is all you need to help flex your joints and keep them soft and supple after exercise. Derived entirely from natural sources, Ostex is a premium glucosamine sulphate supplement designed specifically to promote joint health and reduce pain. Glucosamine is naturally produced in the body from a sugar (glucose) and an amino acid (glutamine) to form an integral constituent in the structure of cartilage, tendons and ligaments, which are consistently being regenerated in the body.

Glucosamine is essential for the production of new cartilage and synthesis of the joint’s oil (synovial fluid), helping to make it thicker and more cushioning. It strengthens the jelly-like centre of intervertebral discs and is also needed for healthy formation of nails, tendons, skin, eyes, bone, ligaments and mucous membranes. Supplementing with glucosamine is considered to be highly beneficial in helping to protect the joints and give pain relief because larger quantities are needed by the body when damaged joints are healing and, as production of glucosamine is normally a slow process, it is often in short supply.

Glucosamine works in a very different way to other pain relievers typically taken by sufferers of aching joints. While the usual anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen mask the pain, Ostex works on overall joint health, helping to improve the flexibility of joints thereby reducing the initial inflammation and associated joint pain. Ostex glucosamine also rebuilds lost cartilage to help reverse some of the damage suffered as a result of general wear and tear on the body.

In addition to its healing properties, Ostex offers the most effective dosage in two tablets ¬Ė 1500mg, the same amount used in all of the clinical trials 2. So for people who wish to care for their joints, supplement with Ostex, a convenient and readily absorbed form of Glucosamine Sulphate.

Ostex Glucosamine Sulphate is available at all good pharmacies, competitively priced at £8.49 for 60 x 750mg tablets and is the only branded glucosamine available on prescription from your doctor.

For those people who want something extra with their glucosamine supplement, try Flexeze ¬Ė glucosamine plus chondroitin.

Chondroitin sulphate is closely related to glucosamine. While glucosamine supplies the basics for making structural substances known as glycosaminoglycans in joints, lubricating them and acting as a shock absorber and nutrient transport system, chondroitin sulphate inhibits enzymes that break down cartilage, while stimulating those involved in the production of structural substances such as proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans and collagen. Chondroitin sulphate helps to raise blood levels of hyaluronan, a sticky gel that cements joint tissues together.

Flexeze is also available from pharmacies at £8.68 for 60 tablets (820mg glucosamine and 200mg chondroitin plus vitamin C and calcium) or on prescription from your doctor.

Joint healthcare campaign launches in UK

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London: Health Perception, the UK’s leading glucosamine specialists, have initiated a new consumer awareness campaign called JUMP 4 JOINTS! This has been developed specifically to draw attention to the importance of looking after one’s joints from an early age in order to enjoy overall health and mobility later on in life.

Many people are totally unaware of just how vulnerable their joints are. Inevitably, they don’t worry about the health of their joints until problems occur. These could be anything from the complaining elbow of an amateur tennis player to the more extreme pain caused by repetitive use of certain joints over time, and the onset of osteoarthritis.

According to the Arthritis Research Campaign, more than 7 million adults in the UK have long-term health problems due to arthritis and related conditions. The cost to the nation is estimated in the region of £6.5 billion when absence due to illness, consultations, prescription drugs and secondary care rheumatology costs, disability allowances and community and social services are taken into account.

The first step of the campaign is a free 24-page booklet that is packed with expert advice and valuable information on nutrition and exercise, as well as interesting facts on joints and how they work.

Whether suffering discomfort now, or seeking to avoid it in the future, JUMP 4 JOINTS! could help. One of the contributors, GP Dr Rob Hicks, clearly lists various ways to improve joint health and recommends keeping active. ¬ďIt saddens me when I hear people say that having Osteoarthritis means they ¬ďcan¬ít do¬Ē the things they want to do anymore, or that they ¬ďjust have to live with it¬Ē because this doesn¬ít have to be the case.¬Ē

David Wilkie, founder and managing director of Health Perception is keen to draw attention to the benefits that supplements such as glucosamine can bring to joint husbandry. ¬ďAs a former Olympic swimmer, I have personally felt the pressure of sport at the highest level and the associated stresses and strains on the body and its joints. It was for this reason that I originally decided to introduce glucosamine into the U.K. I had seen many of the world¬ís top athletes using glucosamine, a naturally occurring product in the body commonly referred to today as the ¬Ďbuilding blocks of the connective tissues¬í, to help their joints with excellent results, but it was a relatively unknown product here at home.¬Ē

In the guide, Naturopath Miriam Elkan has compiled a list of ¬ĎThe Good and the Bad¬í foods for joint health and explains that: ¬ďCaring for your joints means taking care of everything else and everything else taking care of your joints. If you care for your joints you are also looking after your heart, your lungs and your weight.¬Ē

A special four-page easy-to-follow Jump 4 Joints! Workout has been devised by Pilates Consultant and Chartered Physiotherapist, Beverley Skull, to help improve overall joint mobility. She also focuses on four main areas of fitness, namely strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, and agility & balance, along with an explanation on the overall benefits of exercise to promote a healthy active life. This is reinforced by David Wilkie¬ís swimming feature and Karl Frew¬ís introduction to ¬ĎRebounding¬í, which, according to NASA is ¬Ďthe most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man¬í.

This publication has something for everyone, including a handy index to guide the consumer through the myriad of information available, with a who’s who and what’s what in the world of joint health and culminates with the chance to win a break for two in Iceland.

The Jump 4 Joints! booklet is available free by calling 0845 330 5518 or by visiting the dedicated website www.jump4joints.co.uk