A massive 10 million people are affected by arthritis and joint conditions in the UK alone, making joint health an area which affects almost everyone at some stage.
As we age, the surfaces of our joints can degenerate through a combination of the accumulated wear and tear of daily living and a slowing down of the body’s maintenance mechanisms.
Cartilage is the smooth, hard white covering that cushions the surfaces of our joints. The biggest component of cartilage is collagen, but as we age, the body’s ability to produce collagen slows down.
The external effects show themselves in the loss of skin elasticity. Less obvious is that, on the inside, cartilage can become weaker, and the joint surfaces rough. This becomes apparent when discomfort sets in as the joints rub against one another.
Supplementation can help support joint health, and Cartonica (from Clinic Nutrition) has been formulated specifically to help us look after our joints.
Cartonica is an easy-to-take, pleasant-tasting liquid supplement that is readily absorbed. It has been formulated with the following nutrients widely held to support joint health.
Type II collagen
A protein made from amino acids accounts for 60% of the dry weight of joint cartilage. Type II collagen represents 90-95% of the total collagen in joints. The body uses amino acids and nutrients to make collagen and cartilage in joints.
It is present in the fluid which provides lubrication around joints and is a building block of cartilage.
A component of cartilage which retains water and is believed to enhance joint shock-absorbing properties. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) contains sulphur, a building block for complex proteins in the cartilage structure.
It is a substance converted and then used to help maintain cell energy and, thus, the cell’s natural protection mechanisms.
Cartonica also contains vitamin C, which helps the body form and repair connective tissue, vitamin D, which allows the body to absorb calcium from our bloodstream to make bone and Turmeric, which is regarded as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Not only does a liquid supplement appeal to people who are reluctant or unable to swallow tablets/capsules, the liquid formulation in Cartonica means you get an extremely impressive 6,000mg of nutrients in a single, easy 15ml serving.
Getting the same level of nutrients from tablets would mean taking numerous pills containing bulking agents and excipients.
Also, as is well known from sports science, liquids are the most efficient way for the body to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. As a liquid, Cartonica’s nutrients are dissolved in greater quantities than can be put into tablets and are more easily absorbed by the body.
And it tastes good! Cartonica has a delicious natural berry flavour and can be drunk neat or diluted with water.