New Hope for Joint Pain Sufferers

By Nti Healthcare, PRNE
Sunday, August 15, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, England, August 16, 2010 - Osteoarthritis ( is a crippling disease worldwide,
with an estimated eight million sufferers in the UK alone. It has been
described as like "wearing a suit of rusty armour," with unrelenting,
razor-like pain.

So far medical science has not been able to reverse the degenerative

However a discovery made by a German abbess in the middle ages may now
hold the key to not only halting the degenerative process, but also help
re-build damaged cartilage.

The holy woman, the erudite Saint Hildegard of Bingen, investigated
animal tissue extracts and identified the beneficial effect of calf cartilage
broth in the case of joint pain.

The active ingredient of the broth was collagen, which is derived from

But a new natural collagen supplement ( has excited
medical professionals following research that claims to have proven it helps
regenerate joint tissue in older patients and also helps explain how the
regenerative process happens in the joints.

Usually sufferers resort to desperate treatments such as acupuncture, hot
packs, cold packs, analgesics, physical therapy, glucosamine, unloading knee
braces, and arthroscopic surgery.

But the main ingredient in the product, Flexeze Fortify, is collagen
hydrolysate powder - a specially processed form of collagen claimed to be
more bioavailable - that is absorbed by our body more easily, than
unprocessed collagen.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study, jointly undertaken in America
by Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical centre in Boston evaluated
patients over the age of 48 with arthritis of the knee.

The 30 patients were divided into two groups, a control group and a study
group. Half of them took collagen hydrolysate and the other group a placebo.

The MRI scans taken after one week, 24 weeks and 48 weeks, showed
patients had significant re-growth of damaged cartilage.

The year-long trial reported that while the cartilage in the placebo
group deteriorated over the weeks, the groups taking the supplement collagen
hydrolysate (Flexeze Fortify) experienced regeneration in cartilage.

The cell-study results compliment those of researchers at the Kiel- based
Collagen Research Institute who reported to the congress of the
Osteoarthritis Research Society International (ORSI) in Montreal.

They noted that the bioactive collagen peptides formulation in Flexeze,
were found to stimulate cell metabolism in knee-joint cartilage and promote
the regeneration of cartilage tissue.

Dr Andrew Carson, a GP who is Associate Dean, GP Education, Birmingham
and Solihull and Medical Advisor to the NHS Executive in the West Midlands
said: "These two studies show real promise.

"I am not aware of any other product which has been shown to regenerate
articular cartilage.

"The best that other products have achieved in the past is a reduction in
the speed of disease progression and a subjective improvement in pain

"The improvements seen in the growth of the articular cartilage in the
study group achieved statistical significance."

"I would recommend anyone taking glucosamine and chondroitin to consider
this option which is a natural product with no known side-effects."

Pat Jones, 68, a former Olympic hurdler and now a dog agility trainer
from Woking, Surrey, said: "When I was in my teens I was very sporty and
realised my sporting dreams by being chosen to represent Great Britain in the
hurdles at the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympic Games."

"I've always valued being healthy and active and my work as a trainer of
agility dogs keeps me on the go all the time."

"Unfortunately my hip and knee joints are now paying the price and I have
been diagnosed with arthritis."

"I have been able to manage my condition through diet, exercise and a
carefully controlled mixture of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and

"Despite this, I regularly suffered from bad flare ups, which would leave
me in great pain and aching joints which severely limits my movement."

"If I walked for 20 minutes, I was in dreadful pain for several hours

"I didn't want to undergo knee surgery, because it is a major operation,
but for the first time I was beginning to think about it."

"Within a week of starting the Flexeze, I thought I was simply having a
good run because my recovery rate after going for a walk was shorter than it
had been."

"But the improvement carried on, and suddenly I was able to walk the dogs
for two hours a day."

"At Christmas, I stopped taking painkillers for the first time in ten

"I still have the odd bad day, but they are few and far between. I have
also noticed that my knee is much less swollen than it had been before."

Scientific studies appear to back Flexeze's claims that it is ideal for
people who suffer from constant or intermittent joint pain ( and related conditions such as osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis, as well as those who wish to take action to address the
deterioration of cartilage in their joints either through age or exercise.

The supplement is available over the web at

Contact: Chris Meaney, News Team, +44(0)121-616-5061,

Contact: Chris Meaney, News Team, +44(0)121-616-5061, chris.meaney at

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