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Many joint problems are caused by cartilage degeneration. Think of cartilage as the natural protective layer at the end of bones that makes smooth articulation possible where bones come together in joints. Once this protective layer becomes uneven or loses its natural elasticity it leads to friction that results in stiffness, inflammation, swelling and even noisiness.

Why does cartilage degeneration take place?

This is usually the result of either ageing, injury or both. As people get older the body loses its ability to produce enough of the natural substances that assist the body to keep the cartilage healthy. Damaged cartilage due to injury needs more of these substances to recover.

To find out what these substances are, one only has to look at what cartilage constituents off.

Cartilage consists of approximately 65 percent water; the protein-like substance collagen, water-carrying molecules with a protein core known as proteoglycans (that form the matrix or netting of all cartilage and the synovial fluid in joints) and chondrocytes strands that build up the proteoglycans.

The role of Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

Two substances are crucial to maintain and regenerate healthy cartilage. The first, Glucosamine, this is an amino sugar that is normally formed in the body. If in ample supply, it assists with proteoglycan synthesis (maintaining the cartilage matrix), the manufacture of collagen (an essential component in cartilage and the main substance of all connective tissue).

The second component is Chondroitin. Chondroitin is a long chain of sugar molecules that has water-attracting capabilities, which is crucial for proteoglycan formation. The water not only serves as a natural shock absorber but also assists to sweep essential nutrients into the joints. Chondroitin therefore helps to maintain osmotic pressure, hydration, flexibility and elasticity in the cartilage. Both these essential active ingredients has anti-inflammatory properties and lends a helping hand in the reduction of pain.

Depletion versus regeneration.

When you get older, the levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin that are produced by the body decline and cartilage degeneration steps in. To maintain or regenerate cartilage, you need to increase the levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in the body substantially. Only once this is done, the mechanical reversal - through the regeneration of the cartilage matrix – can take place.

Because it is mechanical process, it means that regeneration will take time and that's dependent on getting the right quantities of these natural activities into the system. In other words, it is not only about getting Glucosamine and Chondroitin into the system, it is imperative to get the right quantities (enough) into the body to put this mechanical process in motion.

It is imperative that one carries on with supplementation to keep the regeneration process going. One should only consider reducing the advised intake or take a maintenance dosage as soon as symptoms such as stiffness, pain and swelling have disappeared.

What OsteoEze offers you?

The OsteoEze joint range is not only about Glucosamine and Chondroitin. It is also about optimal formulation and a combination of various active ingredients that work for the specific consumer's needs. You will find that there is a specific OsteoEze in this range to suit your particular joint or symptomatic needs.

- Article reprinted courtesy of Nativa

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