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2 Joints are your body’s hinges Bones protect, shape and support your body Your joints are the point where two bones meet – they contain shock-absorbing substances to allow flexible movement The joints are the body’s hinges – they need to be kept flexible and oiled to work well

3 Osteoarthritis: the condition Osteo – the Latin term for bone Arthritis – a general term to describe a number of painful joint and bone conditions OA – is the most common of the 80 or so medically-recognised joint conditions OA – involves the degeneration of shock- absorbing cartilage and tissue that lines and cushions the bones

4 Osteoarthritis: the process Cartilage breaks away from bone which strains the ligaments (strong tissues that hold bones together). Joint fluid gets thinner and the space that contains it becomes smaller. Pain occurs when bones rub together and/or the joints move even slightly out of their natural positions.

5 OA: who’s affected? OA affects more than 1.6 million Australians Risk factors include: Being too heavy Damage to the joint (e.g. sportspeople/ those who do heavy, physical work) Family history (genetic tendency) Infection of the joints and/or the bones Conditions which alter the position of the ends of bones) e.g. rickets, osteomalacia, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

6 What a typical joint looks like

7 OA: what are the symptoms? Joint pain/stiffness especially after sitting or lying down; may progress to more severe pain If the cartilage breaks down and wears away, bones begin to rub against each other causing pain, swelling and joint stiffness The muscles that usually move the joint get tighter and shorter as they are used less and less

8 A major cause of disability Mild symptoms are traditionally treated with analgesics and/or anti-inflammatories Steroids and/or surgery (hip or knee replacements) may be required

9 A major cause of disability As populations get older and heavier, OA’s dramatic influence on healthcare costs and quality of life is likely worsen Currently costs the healthcare system $2 billion annually

10 What can you do? ‘If Australians reduced their weight by 5kg about half of new osteoarthritis cases would disappear’ ( Professor David Hunter, University of Sydney ) Getting into a healthy weight range is one of the most important aspects of joint health, ‘We should focus on reducing weight and strengthening muscles through improved diet and increased exercise’ ( Professor David Hunter )

11 Over to you! Enjoy a healthy, mixed diet Eat more fruits and veggies – filling and full of antioxidant vitamins and minerals Exclude foods from the nightshade family (tomato, potato, capsicums and eggplant because of solanine)? Eat more oily fish – omega-3s decrease the production of chemicals that spread inflammation plus inhibit enzymes that trigger it – double benefits!

12 Try modest exercise Conventional medicine used to suggest exercise avoidance But keeping active is actually an important part of combating OA. Swimming is an excellent choice – it strengthens muscles and increases suppleness without straining the body.

13 Benefits of exercise Burns calories Improves fitness, strength and endurance Boosts the blood supply around your body Strengthens the muscles that support joints Improves the range of motion Enhances posture, balance and coordination Boosts endorphins – natural feel-good chemicals and painkillers

14 Try Tai Chi In a study of people with OA of the knee or hip, those who practiced Tai Chi twice a week for three months improved their overall sense of quality of life, felts less stress/tension and reported easier self-management of arthritis symptoms.

15 Exercise and glucosamine Glucosamine (1500mg) plus exercise can bring positive results: ‘Osteoarthritis sufferers can benefit from a combination of glucosamine sulphate and walking 3,000 steps per day for exercise, in bouts of at least 1,500 steps each, on at least three days per week’ (Lead researcher Dr Kristiann Heesch from the University of Queensland published in Arthritis Research and Therapy.)

16 Glucosamine and Procosamine® Glucosamine is produced by the body to make collagen, bone, blood vessels, joints and more Maintains joint gumminess by inhibiting the enzymes that may breakdown cartilage Less is produced with ageing Including glucosamine in your diet may be a good way to bolster your body’s natural recovery from daily wear and tear

17 Let’s talk Procosamine® High potency glucosamine for healthy joints and cartilage Vegetarian source of glucosamine Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) stamp guarantees that the tablets contain the correct amounts of ingredients as recommended by health groups worldwide

18 A key joint health ingredient Procosamine contains turmeric, a traditional spice used in cooking and Ayurvedic medicine The active ingredient, curcumin, is a potent free radical fighter (free radicals are concentrated in sites of inflammation and injury) Curcumin isn’t absorbed well from turmeric – large amounts are needed for therapeutic effects (about two teaspoons daily)

19 The marvels of Meriva Procosamine contains a highly bioavailable form of curcumin: Meriva® The curcumin in Meriva is wrapped in a protective lecithin (fatty substance) boosting its absorption in the small intestine –29 times better absorption than the regular spice Studies of Meriva and NSAIDs have shown a decreased use of NSAIDs in individuals taking Meriva and is safe for long-term use.

20 Procosamine also contains: Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant needed for cartilage production and for healthy immune function. Manganese, a key mineral needed for cartilage production and strong, healthy bones. Added potassium sulphate so it is as effective as regular glucosamine sulphate

21 Supplementary benefits Essentials™ – vitamin D. Studies suggest low levels in people with joint diseases. Essentials – antioxidants. Studies show high levels of free radicals in inflamed joints. Essentials – selenium. One study showed those with the highest levels of selenium had a 40 per cent lower risk than of OA compared with those with the lowest levels BiOmega™III – omega-3 fats. These essential oils have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

22 One in two may be affected… ‘As many as 50 per cent of people who have OA don't realise they have it! Plus 80 per cent of knee OA can be prevented if we adequately address overweight and obesity in our community and we prevent joint injuries from happening.’ (David Hunter Sydney University)

23 And finally… Detecting OA early and treating it: ‘Could reduce pain, disability and the need for surgery later in life,’ according to Sydney University Professor David Hunter. Taking control of our health with better eating habits, regular exercise and earlier detection can help to boost the quality of life for millions of people. Procosamine is a effective product that can safely be used long-term. Using Procosamine: take three tablets daily, preferably with meals. NB: Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

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