knee arthritis

  1. Knee arthritis slowed with vitamins

    These 2 easy-to-find nutrients can protect your knees

    It's amazing what passes for a "discovery" in mainstream science these days.

    Right now, at this very moment, researchers are touting a supposed breakthrough that can help older folks suffering from the pain and misery of knee arthritis.

    They've found not only that low vitamin D and vitamin K can worsen the disease... but also that higher levels can slow it down.

    Specifically, having BOTH of these nutrients in the right levels means better function in your knees, a faster walking speed, and even an easier time standing up.

    I don't want to knock this too much. At least it's not a drug -- and certainly, too many people are falling short in these essential nutrients.

    But I also have to wonder what they'll "discover" next. Maybe they'll win a grant to study the wetness of water or the blueness of skies... because this isn't new.

    It's EXACTLY how your body was designed to work!

    One of D's main roles is helping you to absorb calcium from your food and ensuring that there's enough in circulation in your blood at any given time. Vitamin K, on the other hand, acts as the traffic cop, kicking off the process that directs calcium from your blood and into your bone.

    Without D, you can't get calcium. And without K, you can't use calcium very well.

    The result? Calcium accumulates in the arteries -- where it can lead to blockages -- and builds up in the joints, where too much calcium can speed the destruction of cartilage.

    Again, this isn't new. This is Biology 101.

    Maybe these guys slept through that class, because they're touting this "discovery" as a way to help arthritis patients. They're planning to test supplements to see if they can slow the damage and ease the pain in the joints.

    I'm all for that.

    In fact, I'm way ahead of them: I already encourage all my patients to get adequate levels of both nutrients, along with the magnesium needed to activate vitamin D for bone protection, artery health, good circulation, and more.

    But don't stop there. If you have arthritis, you need a little more help than this.

    Getting the right levels of these nutrients can slow the destruction of cartilage, but it won't stop it completely -- and it certainly won't reverse it.

    For that, you need something else.

    A natural form of collagen called UC-II can help give your joints what they need to repair the damage and rebuild the cartilage.

    The result? Less pain and BETTER function!

    Studies show that UC-II collagen is so effective that it works even better than the old standards, glucosamine and chondroitin, by just about every measure you care about.

    So, along with good nutrition from diet and -- if necessary -- supplements, be sure to look for a joint support formula built around UC-II collagen.

  2. 2 pronged arthritis relief

    It's bad enough when mainstream doctors are ignorant about natural remedies.

    But what's much worse is when they out-and-out lie about them -- like all the doctors who tell their osteoarthritis patients not to bother with glucosamine and chondroitin.

    This bad advice means millions of patients suffering from the pain and misery of osteoarthritis never try the one thing that might actually help them.

    It's a crime, if you ask me, because there's more science to back glucosamine and chondroitin than there is for most of the drugs commonly given to osteoarthritis patients (and your doctor probably knows it, too).

    And now, we've got even more as a major new study confirms that these two supplements taken together can slow the narrowing of joint space inside the knee.

    That narrowing space is caused by the loss of cartilage, or the cushion that protects your knee. The more cushion you lose, the more pain you feel as the joint starts to grind itself to dust.

    Over the long term, that loss of space is what ultimately sets the stage for debilitating and even crippling knee pain.

    But if you take glucosamine and chondroitin, you could slow that process, protect your knees and stop the pain before it starts, according to the new study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

    And let's see those mainstream doctors try to dismiss this study, because it meets the so-called gold standard in every possible way: It was long-term, double blind and placebo controlled.

    After two years, the patients given 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate and 800 mg of chondroitin sulfate per day saw their joint space narrowing improve by 0.1 mm.

    I know what you might be thinking. An improvement of 0.1 mm doesn't sound like much.

    But God didn't put much extra room inside our bodies when He designed us, and the knee is packed more tightly than a city bus at rush hour. Inside your knees, a difference of 0.1 mm could be the difference between comfort and misery.

    Of course, nothing works for all people, all the time, and that's as true for glucosamine and chondroitin as it is for anything else. Some people have great results, some are disappointed and in some cases it can make almost no difference at all.

    Don't give up, and don't turn to pain meds or even surgery -- because there are other natural options out there, including collagen.

    I recommend a form called UC-II.

    And if you need more help slowing and even reversing the damage of osteoarthritis and ending the pain for good, make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego.

    If you're not in Southern California, I can still help -- I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule yours.

    I'm not done with arthritis yet. Next up: A surprising way to avoid rheumatoid.

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