Bone/Joint Health

Chondroitin Sulfate CS b-Bioactive Delays the Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

28 Jun 2017 --- Bioiberica’s Chondroitin sulfate CS b-Bioactive delays osteoarthritis progression and is as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib at improving the disease’s symptoms. These are the main conclusions of a clinical essay presented by Professor Jean Pierre Pelletier at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, held in Madrid. Conducted by Bioiberica, the MOSAIC clinical essay (a 24-month study on structural changes in knee osteoarthritis assessed by MRI with Chondroitin sulfate) is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled and comparative study, carried out in five medical centers in Quebec (Canada). 

Regularly Consuming Fish Helps Ward off Rheumatoid Arthritis

23 Jun 2017 --- Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might want to consider upping their intake of fish, as researchers have recently discovered that individuals with RA who consumed fish more than twice a week had lower disease activity (swollen/tender joint counts along with other assessments) than those who never ate fish or just once a month. 

NattoPharma Signs Agreement with Nutriangels, Expands MenaQ7 Brazil Presence

16 Jun 2017 --- NattoPharma has announced a new partnership with Nutriangels, a Brazilian nutraceutical brand with products that include chelated minerals, further expanding the presence of MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 as MK-7 in Brazil. The company reports that Nutriangels launched K2 + featuring MenaQ7 in Q2 2017, adding that the product has already been well received. K2 + is positioned to support both bone and cardiovascular health. 

Children with Low Vitamin K2 Status at Greater Risk for Fracture: Study

14 Jun 2017 --- A new study abstract presented at the International Conference on Children’s Bone Health in Würzburg, Germany, has highlighted the increased risk of fracture in children with low vitamin K2 status. While vitamin D has an established role in the prevention of fractures, this is the first study to evaluate both D and K2 status in healthy children with low-energy fractures (i.e., the result of falling from standing height or less) and in the control group without fractures. 

Role of Vitamin K in Bone Health Underlined in New Study

12 Jun 2017 --- Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin commonly found notably in leafy green vegetables, grass-fed cheese and butter. Widely known for playing an integral role in the blood clotting process, more recent research now suggests that vitamin K may also have a critical role in bone health. Studies suggest that this nutrient plays an integral role in increasing bone strength and reducing risk of fracture, according to a release by the Institute for Better Bone Health.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Reduces Osteoporosis-Related Fracture Risk

08 Jun 2017 --- The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower risk of hip fracture, adding to list of health benefits this traditional diet is thought to bring. One of the primary fats consumed in the Mediterranean diet is olive oil, and its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols may partly explain the beneficial effect of the Mediterranean diet on bone health, according to a press release on TAP Integrative.

Curcumin Supplement May Help Prevent Osteopenia

23 May 2017 --- A curcumin-based supplement could be beneficial in the prevention and management of the chronic bone condition osteopenia, a new pilot human study has shown. This study is the first to be conducted in humans with a curcumin-based product and further evaluates the efficacy and safety of Indena’s bioavailable Phytosome formulation of curcumin, Meriva, in asymptomatic subjects with a bone density condition.

Special Report: Bone Health Supplementation Moves Beyond Dairy

22 May 2017 --- Bone health is becoming an increasingly researched topic, particularly as populations around the globe are becoming more aged. Consuming dairy products for strong bones has long been encouraged by governments and parents alike. However, as consumer preferences change, there is a growing need for non-dairy supplementation that can improve bone density. According to Innova Market Insights data, the number of product launches featuring bone health claims rose drastically from 364 in 2015, to 571 in 2016. NutritionInsight looks at some of the most recent bone health related product launches and studies.

Weight Loss Can Slow Knee Joint Degeneration: Study

02 May 2017 --- Overweight and obese people who lost a substantial amount of weight over a 48-month period showed significantly lower degeneration of their knee cartilage, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis. Being overweight or obese can place extra pressure on joints and cartilage, causing them to wear away. In addition, people with more body fat may have higher blood levels of substances that cause inflammation in the joints, raising the risk for osteoarthritis.

Maastricht University, NattoPharma Awarded Grant For Calcium Metabolism Research

19 Apr 2017 --- The Norwegian Research Council has awarded a grant to NattoPharma to fund a four-year project to document the effects of calcium metabolism in the body based on the presence or absence of vitamin K2, MK7. The project will utilize NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK-7 and the research part is to be conducted at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands in the Department of Biochemistry under the guidance of Dr. Leon Schurgers, Senior Scientist and Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Maastricht and CARIM, the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Maastricht.

Supplement Found to Improve Microcirculation and Glucose Metabolism

20 Feb 2017 --- Vital Solutions GmbH has announced the results of its second human study, which confirm that supplementation with its ingredient, Careless, supports and improves microcirculation and glucose metabolism.

Exercise May Lower Chances of Developing Severe Mobility Problems

09 Feb 2017 --- A team of researchers has looked into how exercise, health workshops and nutrition training, can help older adults prevent or delay disabilities that interfere with independent living. 

New Study Reveals Reduced Risk of Bone Loss with Anti-Inflammatory Diet

02 Feb 2017 --- Researchers from The Ohio State University have discovered new associations between diet and bone health. Assistant professor of human nutrition, Tonya Orchard, led the study which examined data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of postmenopausal women's health in US history.

Omya Launch Combination of Calcium and Vitamins for Bone Health

16 Jan 2017 --- In light of an increasingly ageing population, maintaining bone health for as long as possible is a vital issue. Therefore, Omya, a leading manufacturer of calcium carbonates, has proactively developed a concept for bone health supplements. 

Obesity in Teenagers May Damage Bone Health

24 Nov 2016 --- Obese teenagers may be doing irreparable damage to their bones, according to a new ongoing study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Millions of People With Osteoporosis Remain Undiagnosed and Untreated

11 Oct 2016 --- Approximately 80% of those who have already suffered a broken bone due to osteoporosis remain unprotected against the risk of further disabling fractures, according to a new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in anticipation of World Osteoporosis Day. 

First Vegan Friendly Glucosamine Supplement Launched

28 Sep 2016 --- TSI Group Co. Ltd. (TSI) has announced the launch of GlucosaGreenDF, the world’s first non-shellfish glucosamine branded product line. Produced by an innovative and patent-pending direct fermentation technology, and with regulatory approval, TSI expects the supplement to revolutionize the global glucosamine market.

High Potency Turmeric Extract Granted GRAS Status for Medical Food

13 Sep 2016 --- BCM-95, the turmeric extract from DolCas Biotec LLC, has received GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for use in foods, dietary supplements and medical foods. The status comes after more than 24 clinical trials as well as ongoing clinical research programs on its safety and application for health-related conditions.

Lonza Closes InterHealth Nutraceuticals Buy

13 Sep 2016 --- Lonza has announced that it has closed the acquisition of InterHealth Nutraceuticals. The ingredients company, who lead in research, development and the manufacturing and marketing of nutritional ingredients for use in dietary supplements were bought for USD 300 million.

Astaxanthin Improves Muscle Strength in Sarcopenia Patients

09 Sep 2016 --- A global brand of the AstaReal Group have announced the interim results of a clinical study showing that patients with sarcopenia significantly improved muscle strength as a result of receiving 30 days of a natural astaxanthin formulation without any lifestyle modifications or additional exercise protocols.