Pain is part of the game and even something you may purposefully seek out: Enduring pain – when training in the gym or when dieting down to subhuman levels of body fat – is part and parcel of competitive bodybuilding. By embracing this pain, it’s easy to become so familiar with it that one seemingly forgets that pain, especially joint pain, in and of itself is not the goal. In fact, joint pain can severely hamper your gains if you can’t train properly.
- Undenatured collagen (as 40mg of UCII®) to ensure your body’s immune system is being kind to your joints.
- Curcumin C3 Complex® (500mg), a blend of three turmeric-derived curcuminoids designed to both prevent formation and quench free radicals.
- Bioperine® (2.5mg) Curcumin C3 Complex is coupled with Bioperine (2.5mg) to chauffeur the curcuminoids into your bloodstream2,3.
Undenatured Collagen as UCII® (40mg)
Because the cartilage that allows our joints to articulate freely is largely composed of collagen, specifically of the type II form4-8, it’s not surprising that common joint inflammation [a.k.a. (osteo)arthritis] reflects proper upkeep of this important protein9. Healthy inflammatory responses are a function of the immune system, of course, which has the formidable task of surveilling the body’s own proteins, those derived from symbiotic bacteria (in the microbiome), as well as those we’ve consumed10,11.
Consuming type II collagen in it’s undenatured form (not broken down in any way) confers immuno-tolerance10 as it passes through the gut’s “immuno-check points” called Peyer’s patches12], informing the immune system that type II collagen is not pathogenic. (This is a good thing!) In both humans13,14 and animals15-18 with arthritis, consuming undenatured collagen orally reduces arthritic symptoms, whereas direct injection of type II collagen (bypassing the Peyer’s patches) can trigger immunoreactive arthritis19,20.
In horses18 and dogs15,17, only very small doses of UC-II® undenatured type II collagen is enough to alleviate osteoarthritis. In a study of human subjects with pre-existing knee osteoarthritis of the knee and for whom a glucosamine / chondroitin combo was not effective, consuming UC-II® (40mg / day) for 90 days reduced knee pain and improved several indices of physical function during daily life (e.g., when walking and climbing stairs)21.
More impressively, UC-II may improve joint function even when you’re not aware you have joint issues! In healthy individuals neither complaining of knee pain nor meeting diagnostic criteria for knee arthritis, 120 days of UC- II® (40mg / day) increased joint range of motion and extended the exercise time on a stepmill before reporting knee pain22. Additionally, those with osteoarthritis who already use an NSAID like acetominophen (brand name Tylenol®) may find that undenatured collagen Type II has an additive effect in relieving symptoms23 that comes without side effects24.
Curcumin C3 Complex® (500mg)
Exercise in general (barring an injury, of course) is good for the joints, but most of you know full well that heavy lifting can inflame your joints and eventually take its toll25,26. Curcumin C3 Complex® was designed specifically to both neutralize and prevent the formation of free radicals27, known to play a role in arthrtitis28-31.
While animal research supports Curcumin C3 Complex®’ anti-arthritic effect32, only large doses Curcumin C3 Complex® will substantially elevate blood levels33,34. For this reasons we’ve added Bioperine® (2.5mg; see below) to ensure bioavailability2,35 and that Curcumin C3 Complex® can thus inhibit of prostaglandin formation36 [which is also the mechanism of action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain-killers like aspirin37].
With the 500mg of Curcumin C3 Complex® (plus 2.5mg of Bioperine®) in each dose of Joint Care, we’ve got you going in the right direction to take full advantage of the joint pain-alleviating effects of Curcumin C3 Complex®. When 1500mg / day (500mg of Curcumin C3 Complex® plus 5mg of Bioperine, three times per day) was given to mild-to-moderate sufferers of knee osteoarthritis, all measures of joint pain and physical function improved compared to placebo, and more than 80% of those all those taking Curcumin C3 Complex® voluntarily reduced their use of non-steroidal anti- inflammatories38.
Interestingly, in this study39, unlike others where subjects have metabolic syndrome40,41, Curcumin C3 Complex® did not reduce systemic inflammatory markers. This suggests that Curcumin C3 Complex®’ effects in limiting oxidative stress is the key here41,42, or possibly even it’s ability to inhibit cyclooxygenase and thus prostaglandin synthesis36,43-46 may be underlying it’s efficacy.
For those who might already be using Tylenol (acetominophen) for joint pain, preliminary evidence suggests that curcuminoids like those found in C3 complex do not interfere with acetaminophen metabolism47.
When it comes to many dietary supplements, bioavailabilty (absorption) is the name of the game. To enhance the availability of Curcumin C3 Complex® (see above), Joint Care contains 2.5mg of Bioperine®, a black pepper extract containing 95+% piperine. By inhibiting p-glycoprotein’s actions48 and preventing glucoronidation in the gut49, piperine diminishes the intestinal barrier for many substances50 and makes them more lipid soluble (and thus able to traverse lipid membranes). Indeed, piperine has a good record of increasing bioavailability of drugs and supplements48, including of course curcumin2,35, as well as beta-carotene51, resveratrol52, iron53, selenium54 and CoQ1055.
Piperine may interact with drug metabolism48. The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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