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Joint helps the body regrow the cartilage rather than just help the
pain. The pain will naturally decrease as the cartilage stops
deteriorating and begins to regenerate. It is wise to do some research on
proper diets for Arthritis to aid your healing process.
Excerpts from the Harvard Medical School
article published in the prestigious
September 24, 1993
"Effects of Oral Administration of Type II Collagen on Rheumatoid
ABSTRACT: (actual text, emphasis added) "Rheumatoid
arthritis is an inflammatory synovial disease thought to involve T cells
reacting to an antigen within the joint. Type II collagen is a major protein in
articular cartilage and is a potential autoantigen in this disease. Oral
tolerization to autoantigens suppresses animal models of T cell-mediated
autoimmune disease, including two models of rheumatoid arthritis. In this
randomized, double-blind trial involving 60 patients with severe active
rheumatoid arthritis, a decrease in the number of swollen joints and tender
joints occurred in subjects fed chicken type II collagen for 3 months but not in
those that received a placebo. Four patients in the collagen group had complete
remission of the disease. No side effects were evident. These data demonstrate
clinical efficacy of an oral tolerization approach for rheumatoid
SELECTED QUOTE MATERIAL FROM THE ARTICLE TEXT:
Oral type II collagen is a preferable treatment because it appears to
improve the health of the arthritic joint as evidenced by the joint
functionality for several months after intake was canceled.
Oral type II collagen is not toxic like drugs and helps
other parts of body as well as the joints.
Post, Friday September 24, 1993
Chicken Protein halts swelling,
pain of arthritis patients in trial
- A protein from chicken bones stopped the pain and swelling of rheumatoid
arthritis for patients in a clinical experiment, and experts say the novel
treatment holds promise for control of the crippling disease.
Dr. David Trentham, of Beth Israel hospital and
Harvard Medical School in Boston, said that a collagen solution made from
chicken cartilage and swirled into patients' morning orange juice appeared to
arrest the progress of rheumatoid arthritis in a small group that was studied.
The technique, which he called "oral
tolerization", seems to "teach" the body to stop inflaming the
tissue around joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be an autoimmune
disease caused by rogue cells of the immune system attacking membranes in
Trentham said that swallowing protein that is
similar to the membrane of the joints "reinstructs the body to cease the
attack on the body's own joints".
All 28 patients taking the collagen during the
three-month trial got relief from their disease and four went into remission,
said Trentham. The disease became worse in 31 patients who received a placebo..
A report on the study is to be published today in
the journal Svience.
Dr. Arthur Grayzel, senior vice president for
medical affairs of the Arthritis Foundation, said he was quite encouraged by the
study and believes oral tolerization techniques have the potential of halting
rheumatoid arthritis. But he cautioned that a much larger trial of the collagen
treatment should be undertaken.
The study used 60 rheumatoid arthritis patients
selected from a group who had not responded well to conventional treatment.
A group of 28 were given daily solutions of what
is called type II collagen derived from chickens.
"It is purified from chicken simply because
that is the least expensive way of making it, and we can be sure it is free of
viral contaminants," said Trentham.
After three months, it was clear that the drug
Note: Although the reporter called
Chicken Collagen Type II a drug it is really a component of chicken sternal
cartilage and is considered an all natural product safe for human consumption
with no side effects.
A pilot trial of oral
type II collagen in the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid
Barnett ML; Combitchi D; Trentham DE
Beth Israel hospital, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
Arthritis Rheum, 39(4):623-8 1996 Apr
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of oral chicken
type II collagen (CCII) in the treatment of juvenile
rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). METHODS: Ten patients
with active JRA were treated with CCII for 12 weeks. Efficacy parameters, which
included swollen and tender joint count and score, grip strength, 50-foot
walking time, duration of morning stiffness, and patient and physician global
scores of disease severity, were assessed monthly. RESULTS: All patients
completed the full course of therapy. Eight patients had reductions in both
swollen and tender joint counts after 3 months of CCII. The mean changes from
baseline in swollen and tender joint counts for the 8 responders at the end of
the study were -61% and -54%, respectively. Mean values for other efficacy
parameters also showed improvement from baseline. There were no adverse events
that were considered to be treatment related. CONCLUSION: Oral
CCII may be a safe and effective therapy for JRA, and its use in this disease
warrants further investigation.
Serving Size 4 Tablets (See Suggested Use)
Servings Per Container: Contains 30
Amount Per 4 Tablets Potency %Daily Value
Vitamin C (as magnesium ascorbate) 200 mg 334%
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, ascorbate) 400 mg 100%
Copper (as copper glycinate)** 1 mg 50%
Manganese (as manganese glycinate)** 10 mg 500%
Molybdenum (glycinate)** 220 mcg 294%
Sodium (as glucosamine sulfate) 120 mg 6%
Glucosamine Sulfate 1,500 mg *
MSM LIGNISULTM (source of organic sulfur) 1,500 mg *
FLEXICOLTM Proprietary Blend 501.5 mg *
Containing: Premium Chicken Collagen Type II
naturally occurring Chondroitin Sulfate and Boron (as boron proteinate)
* Daily Value Not Established ** Albion Labs true mineral chelate
Other Ingredients: Cellulose, stearic acid, Magnesium Stearate, Crosscarmellose Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, and Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.
As a dietary supplement take two (2) tablets twice daily with
meals, or as directed by a health care professional.
For best results use a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks.