We are entering a new world.


Stem cells offer much hope to repair damaged and dysfunctional tissues down the road.


In the meantime, good nutrition is the best tool to minimize the damage.




, Plant’s contain, what I term a 'library' of phytocompounds.

Specific ones improve exercise performance, stimulate healing and prevent disease. 


In addition to the carbohydrate portion, the nutrient that best fuels exercise, plants and herbs contain anti-inflammatory compounds (turmeric, boswellia) and powerful antioxidants (flavonoids, polyphenols) that protect vital organs like the liver (milk thistle), brain (bilberry) and eye (lutein).


Other plants (garlic) provide sulfur needed for collagen cross linkage or provide hormone (soy) modulating phytoestrogens.


The foods recommended are designed to replenish and repair depleted nutrients.They are also foods that naturally repress the body's inflammatory system, clearly a problem in arthritis.

These foods include those that are high in omega-3 fats.

Omega-3 supplements are also recommended, since they are exceptionally important in health and are not easy to obtain in an American diet.Shifting the balance toward higher omega 3 fats at the expense of omega 6 lowers the amount of inflammatory compounds produced. 



Omega-3 fatty acids thus helps joints heal faster.

On the other hand, polyunsaturated fatty acids like safflower and sunflower, have a high percentage of linoleic acid in them.


High Linleic content will raises the level of omega-6 fatty acids in the body  thereby promoting the conversion of arachidonic acid into the chemical enablers of inflammation, the prostanoids.


Omega-3 oils impede this conversion.


It has recently been found that mice have certain genes that control the healing process of cartilage, which may lead to novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of arthritis.

The scientists were tagging mice with ear piercings for a variety of experiments when they observed that the puncture wounds of several animals had healed abnormally fast.  They then concluded that the mice had genes that influenced the healing process of cartilage.

These mice were also less likely to develop osteoarthritis.



The fact that some humans can recover from joint injuries faster than others have led scientists to search for the genes responsible.

Until that occurs the following recommendations will have to do.



PBM Pharmaceuticals has introduced the first prescription medication that contains omega-3 fatty acids.

These highly purified omega-3s have had their mercury and other impurities removed.

The fatty acids are combined with folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

This combination of natural compounds is marketed as Animi-3 and is only available by prescription.

Diversified Natural Products introduced OligoFlex, a compound derived from the shells of Alaskan crab shells, supports joint health.


The active ingredient in OligoFlex is oligosan, an extract of crustacean shells that relieves the pain and swelling associated with strained joints. Oligosan is produced  from crab shells (Chionoecetes and Paralithodes spp) by an enzymatic process. Oligosan is an oligomer of aminosugars D-2-Amino-2-Desoxy-D-glucose)

OligoFlex is thought to increase the production of IL-10, one of the main anti-inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that stimulate the inflammatory and immune systems. OligoFlex represses the immune response and blocks pro-inflammation cytokine receptors.


The company is presently conducting clinical trials in the expectation that OligoFlex will show significant benefits over glucosamine and chondroitin in joint pain and swelling.

 OligoFlex does not as yet have GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status, so foods and beverages made with the ingredient need to feature a dietary supplement panel on the label rather than a nutrition facts panel.