Astaxanthin vs Glucosamine and Chondroitin For Arthritis
More than 500,000 New Zealanders will have arthritis in their lifetime, which is also 1 in 10 kiwis. – Arthritis NZ (2018)
As we age and with more “wear and tear”, the number of sufferers and the severity of condition increase even more. While there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are treatments that can manage and slow the progression of the condition.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are ‘famous’ joint nutrients, known to provide extra ‘cushioning’ for joints. But how do they work, and are they really the best joint nutrient? How does Astaxanthin - the uprising anti-aging nutrient compare as a mobility supplement? Read on to find out…
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a disorder that affects joints, leading to pain and stiffness. Other symptoms include redness and warmth from inflammation and a decreased range of motion on affected joints. The two most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis where there is a breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. Common factors which increase the risk of osteoarthritis include aging, excessive weight, previous joint injury, and other joint diseases.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disorder. The immune system that protects our joint health becomes dysfunctional and mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue around the membranes lining joints which leads to inflammation. This condition is commonly linked to genetic and environmental factors.
How to prevent and ease the symptoms of Arthritis?
There are a few methods to prevent and avoid suffering from arthritis. This includes regular exercise, weight control, joint protection, injury prevention, and supplementary diet.
Firstly, having a regular exercise routine and maintaining a healthy weight go hand in hand when it comes to joint pain prevention. Not only does exercise off-load the stress and excess weight from your joints, but it also helps to strengthen the muscles around the joints and bones to protect them from wear and tear. This allows individuals to undergo appropriate training and stretching to maintain flexibility and range of motion to maximize joint health.
Secondly, joint protection and injury prevention help to reduce the damage on the cartilage, which is a common cause for joints to wear out more quickly. To avoid injury, always make sure to be equipped properly while playing sports, and use the right techniques when sitting, working, lifting and exercising.
Finally, yet most importantly, our everyday diet plays a crucial role in preventing joint inflammation to reduce joint pain. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are the most common actives found in mobility and joint health supplements in the market today, with Astaxanthin being the uprising joint super nutrient.
How Does Chondroitin, Glucosamine and Astaxanthin Work In Joints?
Most joint supplements in the market today follow either or a combination of two main approaches:
- Enhance the structure of cartilage;
- Reduce inflammation and limit breakdown of cartilage.
For most that have started experiencing joint pain/ discomfort and are seeking for nutritional supplementation, glucosamine and chondroitin would be two actives that come up frequently.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural building blocks of joints cartilage, hence are following the first of the two approaches: providing support for cartilage structure.
The American College of Rheumatology in their latest osteoarthritis treatment recommendations published in 2012 does not recommend chondroitin or glucosamine for the initial treatment of osteoarthritis. Using the two compounds in combination may or may not work for everyone. However, due to their natural quality, they are safe for long-term use. Therefore, for patients who take these supplements and who have seen improvements can keep using them.
Astaxanthin is a natural and potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Just like many existing drugs available for arthritis in the market today (ie. Celebrex, ibuprofen, Naproxen), astaxanthin acts by reducing the inflammatory compounds and serum levels that drive various chronic diseases. Astaxanthin is also well known for being the most powerful antioxidant, being able to effectively reduce oxidative stress and harmful free radicals that damage cells and tissues. Hence, astaxanthin is following the latter of the two approaches: by reducing inflammation and limiting the breakdown of cartilage.
In summary, glucosamine and chondroitin are great joint nutrients for osteoarthritis and theoretically and in mild osteoarthritis cases may help with improving cushioning and support structure of joints. Astaxanthin is an uprising joint super nutrient, great for relieving pain in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Astaxanthin can reduce inflammation and limit further breakdown of cartilage.
Advanced Mobility Support with AstaNZ™ Astaxanthin
Supreme Health’s Advanced Mobility Support contains AstaNZ™ as its hero ingredient to dampen the inflammatory response in the body to repair and lessen the pain. The formula has been specifically designed to combat the oxidative stress and chronic inflammation experienced in arthritis and other mobility and joint disorders.
AstaNZ™ New Zealand Natural Astaxanthin is a superior astaxanthin produced by Supreme Health New Zealand, the sole astaxanthin producer in the Southern hemisphere. AstaNZ™ is a high-quality natural astaxanthin extracted directly from the freshwater algae Haematococcus Pluvialis. With advanced technology, Supreme Health is able to extract pure natural astaxanthin directly from the beginning of the food chain, making it much more potent and concentrated.
Additional to AstaNZ™ are a few other commonly used anti-inflammatory compounds such as Turmeric, DHA and EPA. This allows the formula to work in synergy to actively regulate inflammatory pathways and immune responses including bio-chemicals that directly modulate pain the inflammation.