Relieve - Arthritis Formula
Package Size: 60 caplets
Suggested Use: Begin with six (6) caplets per day in a divided dose for ten days: Thereafter two (2) per day or as needed.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Although many medications are available to relieve the symptoms, conventional medicine has nothing to offer in terms of controlling or reversing the condition. In fact, there is evidence that long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDís) actually accelerates joint destruction in patients with osteoarthritis. Furthermore, NSAID's have a number of side effects, including peptic ulceration and damage to the liver or kidneys.
These studies indicate that glucosamine is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis, apparently more so than NSAIDís. Glucosamine is not an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory agent per se; rather, it appears to exert a beneficial effect on the disease process. Consequently, improvements occur more slowly with glucosamine sulfate than with NSAIDís, but eventually the former overtakes the latter in terms of effectiveness. In addition, glucosamine sulfate is virtually free of side effects and there are no known contraindications to its use. In contrast, conventional medications can cause relatively severe side effects. Glucosamine should, therefore, be considered one of the "treatments of choice" for osteoarthritis.
Effective Treatment for Osteoarthritis. Another naturally occurring substance which shows great promise in the treatment of osteoarthritis is glucosamine. Although much of the research on glucosamine is more than ten years old, this substance has not, until recently, been available in the United States. Italian researchers have investigated the effect of glucosamine in patients with osteoarthritis. In one study, 30 patients with chronic osteoarthritis were divided into two groups. Half of the patie nts received glucosamine, 400 mg/day for 7 days, followed by 500 mg three times a day by mouth for another 14 days. The control group received injections of piperazine/chlorbutanol combination daily for 7 days, followed by oral placebo capsules for another 14 days. Symptoms improved during both initial parenteral treatments, but to a significantly greater extent in the glucosamine group than in the control group. During the oral treatment period, symptoms improved further in the patients receiving glucosamine, but reverted almost to pretreatment levels in the placebo group. After three weeks, the total symptom score had improved by 71% in the glucosamine group, but was little changed in the placebo group. These results were replicated by another group of investigators.
In another study, 40 patients with unilateral osteoarthritis of the knee received glucosamine, 500mg, three times a day, or 1.2 g/day of ibuprofen, in an eight-week double blind study. Pain scores decreased faster during the first two weeks with ibuprofen than with glucosamine. Although the rate of improvement was slower in the glucosamine group, the improvement became progressively more pronounced in that group throughout the study, to the point that glucosamine was significantly more effective than ibuprofen by the eighth week.
In another study, 20 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee received glucosamine, 500 mg three times a day, or a placebo, for 6-8 weeks. Glucosamine was significantly superior to placebo in terms of relieving pain, joint tenderness, and swelling. The results were rated as "excellent" in all 10 patients receiving glucosamine, whereas all 10 patients receiving the placebo rated the results as "fair" or "poor."
Clinical Uses: The current medical literature contains much scientific evidence that shark cartilage is a tremendously effective treatment in many degenerative and inflammatory conditions. Amazingly, we look to one of earthís oldest and most feared creatures to provide the means to treat or ameliorate many of our most devastating and enigmatic diseases.
Arthritis and Cartilage Research - Dr. Stephen Freedman, marine biologist and immunobiochemist at the University of Utah, is particularly interested in the anti-inflammatory aspects of shark cartilage. These properties are in addition to its angiogenesis inhibiting ability and are produced by powerful anti-inflammatory molecules called mucopolysaccharides. Dr. Freedman cites exciting scientific research on using shark cartilage supplements in the successful treatment of arthritis. These experiments were conducted in Belgium and by Mote Labs in Florida and were overwhelmingly effective in relieving joint pain and inflammation.
A dozen elderly arthritic patients with severe knee pain were treated with shark cartilage by Dr. Joseph Orcasity, M.D., a consultant at the University of Miami Medical School. He reported that after four weeks of taking shark cartilage, most patients exhibited reduced pain and swelling, and greater mobility. Dr. Allen Pressman, a prominent sports nutritionist, routinely uses shark cartilage in his healthy and active patient population as an adjunct in the treatment of low back joint pains. He reports that using shark cartilage as a treatment is becoming widely accepted in the medical community. In his acutely injured patients he finds an almost immediate reduction in pain and swelling and a marked increase in the range of limb motion.
NOTE: We use glucosamine hydrochloride instead of glucosamine sulfate because glucosamine HCl is 82-85% glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate averages 60% glucosamine. Bottom line we get more glucosamine for the money with glucosamine HCl.
Serving Size: 1 caplet
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Zinc (as zinc glycinate)
Copper (as copper lysinate)
Turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids) (rhizome)
Boswellia resin extract (Boswellia serrata)
Devilís claw root
Kava kava root
Catís claw root-bark
Shark cartilage (25% chondroitin sulfate)
* Daily value not established.
Other ingredients: dicalcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose,
croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, silica, magnesium stearate, and
Not for the treatment of any illness. Always consult your
health professional before taking any dietary supplement.
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