Collagen II

What is Collagen and It’s Importance in Joint Health?
Collagen is a protein that makes up about 25% of the protein found in the human body.1, 2, 3, 4 There are 14 different types of collagen and collagen II is the most predominant.2, 3, 4 It’s important to the structural integrity of connective tissue located throughout the body especially bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. If collagen production declines or if it should become defective, this would result in weakened connective tissue contributing to weakened bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, all important structural components critical to healthy joint function. An example of how important collagen II is to the health of the joint, we find that collagen makes up about 50% to 60% of the dry weight of articular cartilage with collagen II consisting of about 90% to 98% of the total tissue collagen.5, 6 Maintaining the health and production of collagen II will result in stronger and more resilient connective tissue. In turn, the bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments will be healthy and resilient as well. (more…)

What a Chicken Could Teach You About Joint Discomfort

When you hear someone mention stiff, aching joints, “chickens” probably isn’t the first thought that pops into your head. But maybe it should be.

Because chickens may just hold the secret to getting you back on your feet and moving again – maybe even dancing or golfing again – when your joints feel their worst.

The secret is in the eggshell. Or the eggshell membrane, at least. (more…)

Curcumin Relieves Symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive, degenerative changes in cartilage structure. The proteoglycans break down, losing their ability to form tight clusters. The water content of cartilage increases. Chondroitin sulfate shortens in length. Cartilage loses the ability to repair itself and develops clefts and crevices that eventually extend down to the underlying bone. The end result is weak, stiff, and deformed joints. (more…)