What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is possibly the commonest and most disabling problem in the senior citizens though can well occur in many younger individuals. It most commonly involves the knees but many joints especially the hips can be involved. The cartilage which is the cushioning substance between the bones bears the brunt of the problem.
Conventional treatment relies mainly on a group of drugs called NSAIDS which are good pain killers but no more. They do not target the basic disease process and are associated with a plethora of side effects including kidney damage, enhancing risk of heart disease and stomach problems.
There is thus a definite need for natural substances with no side effects and which act on the basic disease process.Lacartiz is just the right combination of such natural and safe substances which have been subjected to clinical trials with modern scientific rigor.
Treatment of Osteoarthritis:
It may include medication such as Analgesics and Steriods which may have very serious side effects like Kidney Problems, Liver damage, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes. So the treatment of Osteoarthritis should include those products which corrects the symptoms and does not have side effects if used for long term period. Earlier the Disease will be Diagnosed and treatment will start more effective will be the treatment and recovery of the Patient.
Glucosamine is a natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is a normal constituent of glycoaminoglycans in cartilage matrix and synovial fluid.Glucosamine a nutritional ''Building Block'' that supports healthy joints.
Chondroitin, which is a structural component similar to glucosamine, is believed to help in the management of OA due to its ability to maintain viscosity in joints, stimulate cartilage repair, and attenuate cartilage destruction. Chondroitin has been shown to improve hand pain and stiffness in OA patients. In addition, clinical trials have shown that chondroitin may have structuremodifying effects on OA of the fingers, as well as the knee
MSM is thought to deliver sulfur to the body in a useable way. Sulfur helps maintain the structure of connective tissue by forming cross-linkages through disulfide bonds, i.e., sulfur strengthens the tissues that make up the joint. Sulfur is critical to good joint health
Some nutraceuticals are now being scientifically validated as important components of prevention and management of these disease processes and ageing. One such substance which is the subject of maximum research is curcumin(so much so as to be nick named curecumin). It is the therapeutic principle in turmeric. However,it is present only to the extent of 3% in turmeric and thus for a meaningful therapeutic dose, turmeric consumption alone is not adequate.
Curcumin derived from Curcuma species is an anti-inflammatory compound as such. Many clinical trials have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of curcumin in osteoarthritic patients. Extracts of Curcuma species, curcuminoids and enhanced curcumin, were used in these studies. Patients with osteoarthritis showed improvement in pain, physical function, and quality of life after taking curcumin. They also reported reduced concomitant usage of analgesics and side effects during treatment. Curcumin slows osteoarthritis progression and relieves osteoarthritis-associated pain symptoms.