Joint pain is one of the top complaints I see in my practice. Whether it’s full-blown osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia or your garden-variety wear and tear, nearly all of my patients over the age of 60 suffer from some type of joint pain.
Bu here’s some good news: You don’t need to rely on Big Pharma’s risky drugs to get some REAL relief! Because, it turns out, a natural compound your body makes on it’s own could hold they key to reversing the hurt once and for all.
Nutrient lubricates joints & wards off joint pain
Hyaluronic acid can lubricate stiff joints and reduce arthritis pain. Also known as glycosaminoglycan, this lubricating fluid is related to another joint-friendly nutrient, chondroitin. And it’s naturally found in both our joints and our skin.
The problem is, levels of this critical nutrient decline greatly with age. In fact, by the time you reach age 50, your body is producing about half the amount of hyaluronic acid it did when you were young!
Plummeting hyaluronic acid leads to wrinkles & joint pain
This decline is a major reason your joints are more likely to give you joint pain problems as you age. It’s also one reason why your skin begins to wrinkle and sag.
Wondering it you’re deficient? If you suffer from osteoarthritis, it’s likely that you are. In fact, scientists at the University of California, Irvine found that hyaluronic acid levels in osteoarthritic joints are below normal.1
But the good news is that you can help restore your hyaluronic acid levels with hyaluronic acid supplements. And raising your levels can help cushion your joints, ease movement and relieve joint pain. This was demonstrated in a double-blind clinical trial of 20 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Slash joint pain and improve your quality of life
Ten of the subjects received 80 mg. of hyaluronic acid daily and 10 were given a placebo. After just 8 weeks, those taking the hyaluronic acid supplements reported less joint pain and better quality of life compared to those in the placebo group.2
Doctors have been injecting hyaluronic acid into the joints of arthritis patients for years. But this study suggests that you may be able to reap some of its benefits by taking the nutrient as an oral supplement as well.
I use hyaluronic acid in my own practice with good results. I typically recommend taking 150 mg. of a good quality hyaluronic acid supplement daily. For even better results, combine your hyaluronic acid supplement with a supplement that also includes MSM, green lipped muscle extract and natural anti-inflammatories like bromelain, ginger or tumeric.3
Just don’t be impatient! It may take several weeks or even months before you notice a marked difference. But in time you will likely notice a big improvement in both your pain and your range of motion. You might even find that you can once again enjoy all those things you used to do without pain or stiffness!
1. Tehranzadeh J. “Cartilage metabolism in osteoarthritis and the influence of viscosupplementation and steroid: a review.” Acta Radiol. 2005;46:288-296.
2. Kalman DS. “Effect of a natural extract of chicken combs with a high content of hyaluronic acid (Hyal-Joint) on pain relief and quality of life in subjects with knee osteoarthritis: a pilot randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” Nutrition Journal. 2008;7:3.
3. Rosenbaum CC. “Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory dietary supplements for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2010; 16: 32-40.
Dr. David J. Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1982.
His dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, and recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of "western civilization origin."
Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, protemics, and other related "orthomolecular" disciplines directed towards patients' biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as "functional medicine." This knowledge allows him to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most "difficult-to-treat" conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.
Dr. Blyweiss was one of the initial researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (Phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Carribbean. He has traveled much of the world, most recently to Belize, Central America, Gabon, Africa, and Zagreb, Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit as well as researchers and their stem cell transplantation teams. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.
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