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Abalone Marine Nutrients and Arthritis

Abalone is a term used to refer to sea snails, scallops, octopuses, and squid from the Halitodiae family. The most distinguished part of abalone is its shell with a row of respiratory pores. Abalone is highly nutritious which is why they exhibit a number of health-related benefits. Supplementation with abalone is the easiest way to get the maximum out of health effects they provide and one of them is arthritis management.

How does Abalone aid Arthritis Management?

Abalone proves to be effective in arthritis management primarily thanks to high level of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Essentially, GAGs are defined as a family of highly sulfated, complex, polysaccharides with important biological roles. We can categorize GAGs into different groups such as heparin, chondroitin, keratan sulfate, and hyaluronan[1].

A type of glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues found in bones and cartilage. Supplementation with chondroitin is considered effective for arthritis patients and science proved it. A study from the BMJ confirmed that chondroitin is equally effective as a widely prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib in the management of knee osteoarthritis[2]. That is because chondroitin consumption prevents cartilage from breaking down and it reduces the activity of enzymes and substances that break down collagen in a person’s joints.

Evidence shows that chondroitin prevents narrowing of the joint space and reduces joint swelling and effusion. To exhibit these benefits, the substance induces anti-inflammatory effects[3]. This is particularly important if we bear in mind that the second most common type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is associated with strong inflammation[4] in the body.

Besides chondroitin, another type of GAGs associated with arthritis management – hyaluronan. Hyaluronic acid, or hyaluronan, is found in the extracellular matrix, especially of soft connective tissues. While hyaluronic acid makes us think of beauty and skincare industry, the compound is beneficial for many other functions in your body including the adequate functioning of your joints.

Studies show that supplementation with hyaluronic acid is absorbed and distributed to the bone, skin, and synovial joints. Not only that, it remained in these tissues for prolonged periods. Regular intake of hyaluronic acid alleviates symptoms of osteoarthritis, particularly when coupled with quadriceps strengthening exercise[5].

Thanks to chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, abalone supplementation aids arthritis management by lubricating joints, thus decreasing friction, pain, discomfort, and limited range of motion associated with it.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Besides GAGs which do a wonderful job in lubricating your joints and helping you manage arthritis, abalone supplies your body with other important substances that are beneficial for this purpose. For example, abalone is an abundant source of Omega-3 fatty acids which provide anti-inflammatory effects. Numerous studies have confirmed that Omega-3s show a tremendous potential in the management of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions[6].  As mentioned above, inflammation plays a major role in arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis.

Benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in arthritis management don’t stop with its ability to attenuate inflammation only. Studies show that supplementation with these useful fatty acids improves symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and it reduces the long-term requirements for medications[7] which leads to better quality of life.

Abalone Marine Nutrients from NutriNZ

NutriNZ’s Abalone Extract is a dietary supplement that delivers the world’s healthiest abalone, a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, glycosaminoglycans, and other important nutrients and compounds. Regular supplementation with abalone reduces inflammation in your joints, improves lubrication, and thereby aids in the management of arthritis symptoms. All these benefits are achieved without side effects in an entirely natural manner because abalone supplement delivers naturally-occurring substances that are already found in your joints and tissues.

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References

[2] Ingrid Torjesen. Chondroitin sulfate seems as effective for knee osteoarthritis as widely used celecoxib. BMJ 2017;357:j2515. Doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2515 http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2515.full

[3] Iovu M, Dumais G, du Souich P. Anti-inflammatory activity of chondroitin sulfate. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2008 Oct, vol. 16 suppl. 3, 14-18. Doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2008.06.008 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1063458408002021

[4] Demoruelle MK, Deane KD, Holers VM. When and Where Does Inflammation Begin in Rheumatoid Arthritis? Current opinion in rheumatology. 2014;26(1):64-71. doi:10.1097/BOR.0000000000000017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4033623/

[5] Tashiro T, Seino S, Sato T, Matsuoka R, Masuda Y, Fukui N. Oral Administration of Polymer Hyaluronic Acid Alleviates Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study over a 12-Month Period. The Scientific World Journal. 2012;2012:167928. doi:10.1100/2012/167928. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3512263/

[6] Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2002 Dec;21(6):495-505 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12480795

[7] Ariza-Ariza R, Mestanza-Peralta M, Cardiel MH. Omega-3 fatty acids in rheumatoid arthritis: an overview. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 1998 Jun;27(6):366-70 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9662755