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Collagen ingredient better than glucosamine for joint health?

Posted Sep 15 2010 10:24am
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Great news for baby boomers and menopausal women experiencing joint pain.

According to recent findings it seems that a special type of collagen known as UC-II from California’s InterHealth Nutraceuticals might reduce pain, stiffness and immobility associated with osteoarthritis, according to the study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences.

The new study compared a daily dose of UC-II (40 mg) with a combination of glucosamine (1500mg of glucosamine HCl, USP Grade) and chondroitin (1200mg, USP Grade), the big hitters in the joint health supplements world.

Looking at markers of joint health in 52 volunteers experiencing joint pain and stiffness in the knees from osteoarthritis, researchers led by Siba Raychaudhuri, MD, from the University of California Davis report that the effects were superior to those recorded in previous clinical investigations for glucosamine and chondroitin.

Glucosamine is extracted from the shell of crabs, lobster and shrimps. Cargill also markets a non-animal, non-shellfish derived product. The ingredient is often used in combination with chondroitin sulphate, extracted from animal cartilage, such as sharks.

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