Osteoarthritis

The term arthritis describes inflammation of the joints or the membrane lining the joints. The joint inflammation can be caused by bacterial infections or trauma, for example, or can occur spontaneously and is sometimes of genetic origin. These diseases are not primarily degenerative but can occur as a result of degenerative joint disease. Pain is an important symptom.

Natural substances from the sea
When there is (pathological) breakdown of cartilage important components – certain molecules known as glycosaminoglycans or mucopolysaccharides – are lost. The body has only a limited capacity to replace these.

Glycosaminoglycans occur ubiquitously in the body as a component of the extracellular matrix. This forms a particularly important part of the connective tissue of tendons and cartilage as well as of the bone matrix. Glycosaminoglycans provide structure and support for the tissue. On account of their polarity they are able to bind water and many nutrients. They also play an important role in inflammation of the extracellular matrix.

These molecules are also found in the diet. They are contained in high concentrations particularly in some marine animals.
Further important components are certain lipids (fats) which combat inflammation naturally and which are found only in Perna canaliculus. They permit faster breakdown of products of inflammation. The meanwhile also known gastroprotective action of the green-lipped mussel is also directly connected with these lipids.

There are also a number of further substances from the sea which can be beneficial in various diseases. The importance of the sea as source of biologically active substances with therapeutic effects has been known for a long time and is also utilised in medical research.

Some seaweed species, for example, can help in inflammation. Certain polysaccharides in combination with a high concentration of trace elements are the active components. In an inflammatory reaction there is increased production of free radicals which are captured by the active seaweed components. The effects of these seaweed substances are just as complex as those of most natural substances. They can be used for adjunctive treatment of inflammatory and degenerative diseases, in arteriosclerosis as well as in digestive problems.

An example from horse nutrition: In the coastal regions of Scandinavia horses are fed seaweed. These animals are healthier and more resilient.

The effects of the two components Perna canaliculus and seaweed complement each other.

Synergistic action
Further herbs and nutrients (e.g. zinc) help to build cartilage and influence the metabolic processes of the joints in various ways.

In the natural combination preparation they can be given safely over prolonged periods and also prophylactically in hard-working animals.




OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA)

The main causes of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease are:
  • ageing
  • mechanical stress (trauma, excessive strain, one-sided strain, congenital skeletal changes)
  • metabolical stress (unbalanced micronutrient supply, especially during growth)