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A Safe Long Term Treatment Option for Arthritis in the Knees

Date: June 1, 2017 | Time: 6:42am | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

There is good news and bad news for people wth painful knees due to arthritis. When compared to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib (Celebrex), a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate reduced pain and improved function just as well. The celecoxib worked faster, but, the end results were the same. Well, except for the side effects caused by celecoxib. But here's the bad news. The study used a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate. Most supplement companies in the United States do not make pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate. You never know what you are going to get. A few supplement companies do make pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate and they typical sell their products only through healthcare providers. One of my suppliers has a pharmaceutical license and their chondroitin sulfate is pharmaceutical grade.
In the European study that this conclusion can from, 199 patients were given one 800 mg tablet of chondroitin sulfate and one 200 g tablet of fake celecoxib, 200 patients were given one fake chondroitin sulfate tablet and one capsule of celecoxib; and 205 patients were given two fake tablets. They were followed for 182 days.

Pain and joint function improved as soon as 30 days into the trial with the group taking celecoxib having the quickest average response. At the end of six months, there were no differences in the improvements between the celecoxib and chondroitin sulfate.

So if you have painful arthritic knees, you have two choice. First, you find a healthcare practitioner that can prescribe a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate.

Second, you can go to a medical doctor and get celecoxib and probably get quicker relief. But you will also increase your risk of gastrointestinal ulceration, bleeding, and perforation. You will also increase your risk of major cardiovascular problems by about 37%. Both of these side effects of celecoxib can be fatal.

The authors of the study concluded that pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate should be considered first.

Of course an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

An article published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, that looked at two long term observational studies found that dietary fiber consumption made a difference in the risk of having painful arthritic knees. The subjects in the study were split into four groups based on how much dietary fiber they consumed. The people who had the most dietary fiber consumption had a significantly lower incidence of painful arthritic knees compared to the people who ate the least amount of dietary fiber.

Your best sources of fiber are fruits and vegetables.

Increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet also decreases your risk of hypertension and systemic inflammation. It also improves your blood glucose levels.

So, help your knees and the rest of your body by eating more fruits and vegetables. If you knees are already painful, find a healthcare practitioner that can prescribe a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate.

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Both Sugary Drinks and Diet Drinks Are Bad for Your Brain

Date: April 29, 2017 | Time: 9:53am | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

Excessive sugar consumption has been associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A recent review of data from the Framingham Heart Study tried to determine if there might be a connection between sugar consumption and brain health.
According to the US department of Agriculture, Americans consumed almost 11 million metric tons of sugar of any type in 2016. That is what you call excessive! Table sugar is half fructose and half glucose. High fructose corn syrup is available in different ratios of fructose and glucose, but, the amount in food averages out to be about half fructose and half glucose. Fruit juice has more fructose than glucose.

Since estimating sugar consumption from the total diet is difficult, researchers in this study considered only sugary beverages (soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices) for their examination of the data.

The researchers found that when compared to people who drank one sugary drink per day, those who consumed more sugary drinks per day had less total brain volume. Daily fruit juice consumption was associated with lower total brain volume, lower hippocampal volume (a portion of the brain involved in learning and memory), and poorer episodic memory. Lower total brain volume, lower hippocampal volume and poorer episodic memory are signs of preclinical Alzheimer's disease. These preclinical signs do not mean that someone has Alzheimer's disease, but, that they are at a high risk of developing it. This study could not make a direct cause and effect relationship between sugary drinks and Alzheimer's disease.

The researchers also looked to see if sugary beverages and artificially-sweetened beverages had any link to stroke or dementia. This analysis found no association between sugar sweetened beverages and stroke and dementia. This analysis looked at data over a ten year period. So, that may have been too short of a time period to determine if there was a connection between sugary drinks and clinically documented dementia.

The surprising finding was that compared to people who did not consume artificially sweetened beverages, those with higher recent and higher cumulative consumption of artificially sweetened beverages had an increased risk of ischemic stroke, Alzheimer's disease and all-cause dementia. Again, this does not prove that artificially sweetened beverages causes these problems. It is just an association. Most diabetics drink artificially sweetened beverages to keep their blood sugar (glucose) levels down. Of course, diabetics have high blood glucose levels in the first place.

Over the past decade, some researchers have been referring to Alzheimer's disease and dementia as type 3 diabetes. So, none of the findings in these studies would be surprising from that perspective.

What options do you have?

Well, try the original and very refreshing beverage, water. If you prefer something with added taste, try any of the varieties of teas or even unsweetened coffee. Just be careful with some of the teas available. Sugar has been added to some of them. Look at their ingredient labels. Any word that ends in -ose is a sugar (glucose, fructose, maltose, etc.) Dextrin and maltodextrin are also forms of sugar, as is any syrup and honey.

Ask yourself how much sugar sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages you have had in the past month. If you can't remember, maybe they have affected the area of your brain involved in memory!

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