How Osteoflex ultra works Your body is held together with ligaments and covered by tendons and muscles. Protective layers of cartilage between bones allow them to move freely, without pain. With age, over-activity, injury, excess weight and other factors, cartilage starts to break down, resulting in stiffness and pain.
Your body cannot correct this process by itself, but using Osteoflex Ultra can help.
Research has shown that Osteoflex Ultra can slow down cartilage deterioration and protect cartilage cells from breakdown.
The 4 key ingredients in Osteoflex Ultra work synergistically:
– Glucosamine: Stimulates cartilage production.
– Chondroiten: Inhibits enzymes that break down cartilage, improves joint flexibility and cushioning of joints.
– Chelated manganese: Plays a role in formation of connective tissue and bone.
– Omega-3: Suppresses inflammation and increases blood circulation.
WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA)?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting the articular cartilage, the smooth, glistening bluish white substance attached to the end of the bones.
In addition to the articular cartilage, osteoarthritis (OA) affects several areas in and around the joints. These include:
– The subchondral bone (the ends of the bones, where the cartilage is attached.)
– The capsules that surround the joints
– The muscles adjacent to the joint
The first sign of osteoarthritis is the deterioration of healthy cartilage; therefore, understanding cartilage is crucial to understanding osteoarthritis and how you can effectively treat your OA.
WHAT IS JOINT CARTILAGE – The Focal Point of Osteoarthritis
Even the simplest of everyday activities place tremendous pressure on your joints. Therefore you need a shock absorber.
The cartilage between your bones, joint fluid and connective tissue work together to absorb the pressure and this allows flexible joint function. Cartilage is a slippery, cushion-like tissue that is produced and maintained by its own specialised cells. Cartilage is a watery substance that is made up of 65%-80% water. The remaining portion is made up of two other important compounds. These are collagen and proteoglycans.
Collagen gives the cartilage its shock absorption and elasticity, whereas proteoglycans are larger molecules that give cartilage its ability to stretch and then bounce back when we move, or in other words, respond to our movements. With these ingredients, healthy cartilage is able to be formed in a place in each joint called the cartilage matrix. However, as with all things, collagen and proteoglycans grow old.
So what cleans away old collagen and proteoglycans, and what creates new ones?
Chondrocytes are the main players here. They can be viewed as factories within the body that produce new collagen and proteoglycan molecules and also release enzymes that clean out old and deteriorated molecules.
It is important to remember the four elements of healthy cartilage. These are:
1. Collagen 2. proteoglycans 3. chondrocytes 4. Water
These four elements work together to ensure cartilage is healthy, smooth, and that you can have pain free movement in your joints.
WHY DOES CARTILAGE BREAK DOWN?
Cartilage lacks a direct blood supply. It relies on nutrients found in the joint fluid to nourish cartilage cells and maintain its structure. When this process is affected by one or more of the factors mentioned below, cartilage can deteriorate to the point where it can no longer provide sufficient joint protection.
These are factors that can lead to cartilage breakdown:
– Over activity
– Excess weight
SYMPTOMS OF OSTEO ARTHRITIS
The major symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, stiffness, crackling, and enlargement and deformities of the afflicted joint or joints, with inflammation possible in the advanced stages.
Pain: The hallmark of osteoarthritis is pain described by patients as anything from mild to moderately dull aching to deep and throbbing pain. It usually beings as a major ache that appears only after the joint has been used, and the pain often disappears with rest. But as the disease progresses, a sharp pain may strike as soon as the joint is moved or used, even a little. Eventually, the joint aches even when in a resting position, unused and un-pressured. In severe cases, osteoarthritic pain can disrupt sleep, making life even more miserable.
Stiffness: Osteoarthritic joints are often stiff, especially in the morning. They may also ?lock up? after long periods of inactivity, such as while sitting in a car or a movie theatre. Early in the disease process the stiffness lasts only briefly and can easily be ?worked out?. But as the disease worsens, a permanent loss of range of motion occurs that does not change, even with war-up and continual motion.
Joint Crackling: Also known as crepitus, this crackling and crunching feeling emanating from the affected joint (most often a knee and less commonly a hip) occurs in advanced stages of osteoarthritis. It may be caused by the joints rubbing together during regular use, or when the joint is passively manipulated during a medical examination. Most often striking the knees, the ?creaking? sound can sometimes be heard all the way across a room! As frightening as it sounds, however, it’s usually painless or, at most accompanied by only a dull sensation.