for Bone and Joint
this article you will find the answers to these questions:
As in all
living creatures, protein is abundant in the human body, where different
systems and organs require specific proteins that have a variety of
functions. These "functional proteins" are essential for life.
Collagen is one of these.
To understand collagen, it helps if to have
some knowledge of the roles of proteins in the body and what proteins
are made from. Proteins are used by the body for a whole host of
purposes: e.g., in the blood (for carrying molecules and for clotting),
for digestion (enzymes that break down food are proteins), in muscles
(for movement), etc. Another category of proteins is "structural
protein" composed of proteins that contribute to and sustain the
integrity of the human structure. Collagen is a protein that is both
"functional" and "structural."
Proteins are constructed from biological
building blocks called amino acids. There are about 20 amino acids that
occur in nature, and proteins are built from some or all of these.
Unique proteins with specific qualities are formed from different
numbers of amino acids put together in different relative sequences.
Collagen is unique in having two amino
acids not found in other biological proteins: hydroxylated versions of
known amino acids that confer special properties.
Collagen is found in a number of tissues,
in various sub forms, but is particularly abundant within and around
joints. Tendons and cartilage owe many of their desirable
characteristics to the presence of collagen. Unfortunately,
collagen-containing structures, such as those mentioned, are subject to
wear and tear.
Like most tissues, they are in a constant
state of turnover but have the disadvantage of poor blood supply, which
does not favor easy repair. Due to the demands upon the
collagen-containing structures (movement and bearing weight) and their
slower ability to repair, it is vital to optimize the conditions that
contribute to the maintenance of joint mobility.
Bones with sufficient collagen are like
steel, strong and elastic. Bones lacking in collagen are like dry,
brittle wood, easily broken. Prescription drugs for osteoporosis slow
down the loss of bone mass by suppressing bone metabolism. The dead bone
mass and old collagen "saved" by the drugs take up all the
space that would have been filled up by new bone mass and new collagen.
That's why there are so many reports that osteoporosis drugs such as
Fosamax, Actonel, and Evista actually made bones more brittle and that
people who were treated with these drugs tend to suffer more bone
Wear and tear on
joint cartilage is the major cause of osteoarthritis.
Collagen makes up 95% of joint cartilage. The more collagen there is in
the joints, the less chance is there for the development of
osteoarthritis, then, we need a way of speeding up collagen
production, to help the repair collagen structures in a safe (and
preferably natural) way.
is one of the most effective means to this end. Clinical trial results
indicate that the symptoms associated with collagen-structure
degradation, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis are clearly reduced by
supplements simply dose the stomach with collagen, and no one knows
whether the collagen will be absorbed in its original form and whether
it might somehow be transported to bones and joints. EZorb Calcium
stimulates the metabolism to enhance collagen formation in bones and
joints. With EZorb, bone density increases (osteoporosis
reversed), and cartilage is repaired (osteoarthritis