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The reality is that in Canada, over 4.5 million people suffer from arthritis and of that, the most prevalent type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which affects over 3 million people. This is a staggering number and it continues to climb as the population ages.

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease occurs when the cartilage in the joints begins toGH-Zoomer-advertorial-03 break down. This inflammatory process can be due to age, overuse of the joint and previous injury can all contribute to this degeneration. Symptoms usually start at one or two joints in the body with pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. As the disease progresses, more joints become affected and the pain and stiffness intensifies. Overtime, the joint can become enlarged and misshapen and the cartilage can wear away completely leaving the bones unprotected and rubbing together.

As with all disease, it is best to prevent it and when it does happen, to treat early. Once you have a clear diagnosis and you can start a treatment protocol immediately. The most commonly used medication for management of pain are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These are effective for some pain reduction but does not help to repair or rebuild the joint or stop the disease process.   Often, patients will experience significant side effects like gastrointestinal issues and increased cardiac risks. Also, as the disease progresses, the dose of the pain medications likely will need to be increased as well.

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Luckily, there are alternatives. In the past few years, a new supplement, eggshell membrane, has emerged on the market that has set a new standard for osteoarthritis treatment. Strong human clinical studies have proven its efficacy and potency. Eggshell membrane is the thin membrane that lines the eggshell, protecting the egg white and the yolk. It has been used in traditional medicine in Asia for centuries for wound treatment and other ailments. When scientists decided to investigate the makeup of the eggshell membrane, they identified many of the same components that are also part of the human joint including collagen, elastin, glucosaminoglycans and many other molecules. Could this be the joint building solution?

Biovaflex™ is eggshell membrane that is produced in a unique environmentally sustainable and socially responsible process that provides a high level of active proteins that can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Preliminary laboratory studies of Biovaflex™ showed that it had the ability to decrease the release of damaging free radicals from inflammatory cells that are found in the body. What this means is that eggshell membrane, specifically Biovaflex™ can decrease the damage in the joints by the inflammatory process of osteoarthritis. This exciting result lead to further studies where Biovaflex™ was given to arthritic dogs over a period of 4 weeks. Owners were ecstatic to report improvements within a week of the starting the supplement and by the end of the trial, there was over 60% improvement on all the arthritic symptoms. In several double blind placebo controlled human clinical trials, subjects reported a reduction in arthritic symptoms including pain, and increased flexibility and mobility by 5 days! What eggshell membrane can do that conventional medication cannot is that not only can it decrease pain but it can slow down the destruction of the joint and actually rebuild the physical structure. The dosage is low at 450-500mg per day and this helps tremendously with compliance. Eggshell membrane has yielded no concerns of safety and no gastrointestinal issues that are often attributed to NSAID use. Clinically, Biovaflex™ has proven to be safe, effective and easy to use to help improve the symptoms and functions of the joints affected by osteoarthritis.

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by:
Dr. Julie Chen, BSc, ND