Joint Health – Type II Collagen

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Today’s topic:
Joint Health – Type II Collagen

Supporting the body’s immune response to various triggers affecting joint health can support the function of joints throughout the body. Enabling the immune system to become tolerant by exposing it to inactivated segments of type II collagen, the type of collagen found only in joints, may desensitize the response seen in cases of joint discomfort to the point where joints are no longer impacted and the body’s overall inflammatory response is normalized. This is the theory that forms the basis for the beneficial effects associated with the administration of type II collagen as a joint health supplement.

Adults and adolescents alike have responded to dietary supplementation with 0.1 mg/day to 10 mg/day of various preparations of processed type II collagen with enhanced comfort and ease, and increased mobility in several joints. More impressively, the results of a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial indicate that adults respond to 90 days of dietary supplementation with 0.5 mg of solubilized type II collagen daily with increased function, decreased sensations of pressure, and increased mobility.13

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Joint Health – Vitamin C

References:
13. Trentham DE, Dynesius-Trentham RA, Orav EJ, Combitchi D, Lorenzo C, Sewell KL, Hafler DA, Weiner HL. Effects of oral administration of type II collagen on rheumatoid arthritis. Science 1993;261:1727-1730.