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How to quickly regenerate damaged cartilages ?

It is possible to regenerate damaged cartilage quickly To regenerate these structures, it is very important to follow a diet rich in amino acids, because they help us to absorb the calcium, and to produce the collagen necessary for the reconstruction of the damaged tissues.


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How do damaged cartilages regenerate ?

The cartilage regenerates according to the food consumed. The cartilages of the ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and shoulders are often affected by joint pain (arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, recent trauma or rheumatoid arthritis), a disease that is well known today and affects the vast majority of people who have reached their forties. It is therefore necessary to have an adequate diet that allows the cartilage tissue to regenerate quickly. You read correctly ! It is possible to regenerate damaged cartilage.
One of the most important amino acids for rapid cartilage regeneration is lysine, whose role is to absorb calcium and produce collagen to rebuild damaged tissue and also improve the appearance of the skin and consolidate the tendons.


What the researchers say …

A study by the University of Maryland (UMMC) has determined that a lysine deficiency can delay the growth of damaged tissue and may also inhibit the regeneration of skin cells, preventing the complete reconstruction of the area that has been damaged in an accident.

  • Lysine, an amino acid allied to cartilage health
    Indeed, scientists have proved that the consumption of foods rich in an amino acid called lysine could be beneficial, because lysine promotes the regeneration of collagen, a component of cartilage.
    As this amino acid is not synthesized by the body, it must be provided by the diet - the optimal amount is 12 mg per kilogram of body weight.
    Foods high in lysine include: eggs, legumes, soybeans, cheese, cod, red meat, yogurt, dried fruits and beans.
  • Chondroitin
    In addition to lysine, chondroitin is a very important substance; It plays a major role in maintaining a healthy cartilage. Chondroitin absorbs water in the binding tissues and preserves the elasticity of the cartilage. It is also able to block the many enzymes that break down the cartilage and help with its renewal. (* see description in box)
    The optimal amount of this substance is 1000 to 1200 mg per day. This substance is made from shark, pork and cow cartilage, and from chitin found in the carapaces of crabs, lobsters and shrimp.
    Chondroitin is usually combined with glucosamine which improves joint flexibility and mobility, and regenerates cartilage, especially the knee, naturally.

* Description of chondroitin
Chondroitin is an essential component of cartilage and is naturally produced by the body. It is also present in the bones, skin, cornea and membrane of the arteries. It contributes to the formation and maintenance of cartilage tissue. The role of this tissue is to ensure the retention of water in the cartilage and its elasticity, as well as the strength and flexibility of the joints.
As with glucosamine, it is considered that chondroitin can relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. In addition, it may help stop or slow degeneration of joint tissues. The mode of action of chondroitin is beginning to be better understood. It is suspected that, on the one hand, it promotes the reconstruction of the cartilage and partially inhibits the enzyme which destroys it (hyaluronidase). On the other hand, it would act similarly to glucosamine in the formation of cartilage and synovial fluid. New data show that chondroitin could inhibit osteoclasts, which are cells playing an important role in bone substance loss. It would also be active in the inflammatory process. Commercial supplements are usually made from cartilage from farmed cattle or, more rarely, from pigs.

On the shelves
The cost of manufacturing chondroitin supplements is much higher than that of glucosamine supplements. Perhaps this is why analyzes conducted in the United States reveal that some supplements contain very little chondroitin compared to what is stated on their labels. Regulations are tougher in Canada. Manufacturers and distributors are required, among other things, to provide Health Canada with analyzes demonstrating that the active ingredient content of their natural health products conforms to their label. The US Food and Drug Administration does not require this quality control.


Food to the service of healthy cartilage

A diet based on products rich in vitamins is essential to regenerate the cartilage naturally.

  • Vitamin C : it is essential for the body. The recommended daily intake is 75 mg per day. Vitamin C is found in pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mandarin, grape, blackberry, kiwi, onions, peppers, potatoes, lettuce, etc.
  • Vitamin D: it is necessary for bones, joints and cartilage. A 2009 study confirms that exposure to sunlight and vitamin D directly contributes to better joint mobility in patients treated for joint problems.
    The results showed that vitamin D should be taken in sufficient quantities to prevent osteoarthritis. This vitamin is found in milk, cereals, salmon, herring and oysters.
  • Vitamin A: rich foods also help regenerate cartilage.

Gelatin, a natural remedy for cartilage regeneration

Gelatin is a product found in many desserts. In addition to being easy to prepare, gelatin is an excellent natural remedy for joint regeneration.
Several studies have shown that the consumption of gelatin can greatly assist in the regeneration of cartilage.
The recommended intake is 10 grams per day, and regular intake of gelatin can prevent the unpleasant symptoms of osteoarthritis. Gelatin is rich in protein and contains 10 essential amino acids, such as proline and hydroxyproline, which help regenerate muscle tissue.
Another advantage of gelatin : it contains no fat or cholesterol, which is not the case with most protein-rich foods. In addition, it is rich in collagen - an important substance in the construction of tissues, bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage - which appears to diminish as the body ages.


Finally, let's get back to chondroitin. Chondroitin is a molecule naturally synthesized by joints. It is part of the composition of proteoglycans, which allow the cartilage to remain properly hydrated, and thus to dampen shocks properly. It is therefore adapted to reinforce the particularly weak joints. But as seen previously chondroitin is expensive and although some included in their product it is only at very low concentration.


Turmeric is, on the other hand, natural and affordable.

Turmeric is a root that contains a specific molecule, curcumin used for many years in traditional medicine. It is a powerful antioxidant protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals and helping to fight against inflammation. It is also known to slow the demineralization of the bones.

Turmeric is therefore the natural anti inflammatory reference in the case of inflammatory joint pain and osteoarthritis - since it inhibits several causes of cartilage destruction.


Some studies on turmeric:


Arthritis Osteoarthritis

Researchers in Montreal, Canada, have discovered that the IL-1 protein is the major "cartilage degeneration factor in arthritis." The IL-1 protein would trigger a chemical phenomenon causing the erosion of essential components of the cartilage cells. Following laboratory testing of treating human cartilage cells with turmeric, there was a suppression of 50 to 97% of the main steps of this destruction chain reaction. (Matrix Biol 2002; 21 : 251-262)

Turmeric may also alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. A treatment with turmeric has been prescribed to people suffering from this disease in order to compare the effectiveness with the drug phyenylbutazone. Turmeric was found as effective as medications, but without the side effects.


Depression

In addition to protecting against physical troubles, turmeric could make you happy. Preliminary studies in mice show that turmeric is a powerful antidepressant.

According to the researchers, turmeric causes chemical changes in the brain similar to the effect of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors, but without the side effects associated with them (J Ethnopharmacol 2002 ;83:161-165).


Alzheimer's disease

The elderly who live in the traditional villages of India have the lowest prevalence of Alzheimer's disease worldwide. Since turmeric is used to enhance virtually all dishes, researchers believe that this herb is a powerful agent of memory protection (Neurosci Lett 2001; 27 : 57).

This degenerative disease is characterized by cellular inflammation and by the presence in the brain of senile plaques. During laboratory tests, researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago discovered that turmeric prevented the formation of these plaques (J Nat Prod 2002; 65 : 1227-1231).

At the University of California at Los Angeles this time, researchers submitted mice to conditions favorable to the formation of amyloid protein plaques. Compared to control mice, those receiving turmeric had 43-50% fewer plaques in the brain. In addition, experimental animals obtained better results on the memory test than those without turmeric (J Neurosci 2001; 21 : 8370-8377).


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This generic regroup two common intestinal diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Four million people are said to be suffering from these diseases, which are characterized by abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, diarrhea and skin irritations.

As inflammatory bowel disease is deemed incurable, patients turn to surgeries and dangerous drugs to relieve their symptoms. Fortunately, there is a new natural hope - you guessed it, turmeric !

Researchers in Japan have found that the use of turmeric in the treatment of mice with IBD significantly reduced the chemical markers of inflammation associated with the disease. "These findings suggest that turmeric may be a therapeutic agent for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. » (Gastroentero 2002; 123 : 1912)


Cataracts

Elderly people with cataracts in the world: a diet rich in curia can help prevent this health problem.

Rats consuming only corn oil were compared to others that received corn oil and turmeric. After two weeks of this diet, the cornea of the animals was examined for traces of the chemical changes associated with the formation of cataracts. Turmeric treated rats were more resistant to these changes. (Am J Clin Nutr 1996; 64 : 761-766).


Liver disease

Cirrhosis of the liver, which results from over-consumption of medocs, drugs or alcohol, is one of the leading causes of illness. Even for people who overcome their addiction, damage to the liver is usually unrecoverable. Today however, researchers have discovered that turmeric would have the power to slow down alcohol-related liver disease.

An international team of researchers studied four groups of six rats. For a period of four weeks, each group received fish oil and alcohol; Fish oil and sugar; Fish oil, alcohol and turmeric; Fish oil, sugar and turmeric.

In rats fed with fish oil and alcohol, there was an engorged liver, necrosis and inflammation. Treatment with turmeric prevented both inflammation and necrosis caused by alcohol. In addition, turmeric inhibited the molecular changes associated with liver disease (Am J Physiol Gas-trointest Liver Physiol 2003; 284 : G321-327).


Multiple Sclerosis

University Researchers Vanverbilt in Nashville (Tennessee) are researching the potential of turmeric as a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS). After predisposing mice to a disease similar to MS, turmeric was injected into some of them. While control mice developed severe paralysis, those treated with turmeric had no symptoms (J Immunol 2002; 15 : 6505-6513).






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