1. Pain Relief
Joint Guardian includes natural ingredients that have been shown in controlled studies to reduce joint pain. Boswellia serrata extract, chondroitin, ginger (Zingiber officiale), glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), all of which are components of Joint Guardian, have been shown to significantly reduce pain as compared to placebo in people with osteoarthritis. In fact, glucosamine and chondroitin appear to be as effective for pain relief as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are commonly prescribed for osteoarthritis.
2. Cartilage Protection
Cartilage is the connective tissue that protects the ends of the long bones at the joints. Breakdown of this tissue is one of the hallmarks of osteoarthritis and can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness. In addition to reducing pain, glucosamine and chondroitin appear to protect against the destruction of cartilage in people who have, or are at risk for, osteoarthritis.
3. Reduced Deterioration of Joints
As osteoarthritis progresses and the condition worsens, the space between the joints narrows. In clinical studies, people with arthritis who took glucosamine and/or chondroitin had less joint space narrowing over time, as compared to people who took a placebo pill.
4. Improvement in Function
Arthritis and joint pain can have an important impact on physical functioning and the ability to complete everyday tasks, such as climbing the stairs, getting in and out of the car, or putting on socks. Several natural remedies, including glucosamine, chondroitin, ginger and MSM, have been shown to help significantly improve function in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
5. Less need for Other Medical Interventions
Long-term studies suggest that arthritis patients who were prescribed glucosamine and chondroitin not only needed to use less pain medications, but required fewer doctor’s visits and were less likely to end up having knee replacement surgery.
6. Expert Recommendation
Based on this preponderance of evidence, the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, an international group of expert physicians and researchers, recently recommended that glucosamine and chondroitin be used as a first-line treatment for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
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