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29- Mar-2017

Truth about bone and joint health*

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Dt. Poonam Gokhale (PGD Dietetics)

Maintaining healthy bones throughout adulthood is very important for a normal human lifestyle and yet very challenging. Among the many natural ways to ensure strong bones and joints and prevent osteoarthritis, Cissus Quadrangularis is a key natural remedy.

In various stages and conditions of the human life, bone health is at risk.

  • Obesity: Obesity causes many deformities in body.Obese persons are at a high risk of developing osteoarthritis.Osteoarthritis is the inflammation at the joints of wrist, knee, hip, etc. Osteoarthritis is also more prevalent in aging humans. For a solution to osteoarthritis, many people seek the right and safe option to improve human bone and joint health. As a dietician, I always recommend that they consume a balanced diet and include Cissus Quadrangularis extract supplement in their daily routine. Cissus Quadrangularishas anti-inflammatory properties to help maintain the movement of joints. Cissus Quadrangularis contains calcium, vitamin D, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotene (vitamin A) and phytoestrogenic steroids that help to improve and maintain human bone and joint health.
  • Athletes: Athletesengage in strenuous high volume exercise, which increases their risk of bone and joint pain and inflammation. Consistent consumption of a balanced and healthy diet is very important for athletic humans. Foods such as milk & milk products, tofu, leafy vegetables such as spinach, turnips etc. are good sources of calcium. Along with calcium, functional foods are also important for athletic humans such as Omega 3 fish oil, flaxseed oil and CissusQuadrangularis supplements. These will help in countering bone and joint pain and preventing inflammation.
  • Menopausal women: Many of my middle aged women clients complainof joint pain, especially of the knee joint. Usually, this joint pain occurs because of decrease in the hormone oestrogen after menopause, which leads to demineralisation of bones in women. Hence, women are at a greater risk to develop osteoporosis during or after menopause.I advise them to consume Cissus Quadrangularis extract supplement for countering joint pain of the knees because Cissus Quadrangularis increases the proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells to form osteoblasts, which are bone forming cells and help in the mineralisation of bones. Cissus Quadrangularis also reduces pain and swelling associated with joints, tendons and ligaments due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Thus,Cissus Quadrangularis is very helpful for female patients with a naturally higher risk of weakening bones and osteoarthritis.
  • Fractures: Fractures are more common in older humans or in childhood. A bone fracture typically requires a minimum of three weeks to heal. Mineralisation of the broken bone is very important for healing the fracture. Research has shown that the extract of Cissus Quadrangularis helps in fracture healing, by forming collagen fibres, which leads to earlier calcification of bones.

Foods high in calcium and daily exercise help maintain the mineral content and strength of human bones and joints. Along with these, I recommend the regular use of Cissus Quadrangularis extract supplement, called Ashtisandhani in Sanskrit and hadjod in Hindi because of its ability to join bones. Cissus Quadrangularis performs this function because of its active ingredient ‘ketosterones’which exhibits functions similar to the anabolic hormones of the human body. It promotes good bone health and shows anabolic steroid properties for the healing of fracture. It blocks the muscle destruction of cortisol after exercise and leads to the development of new muscles. Hence, ketosterones are responsible for joint health, tendon recovery and for relieving pain.That is why I always recommend BestSource Nutrition’s CissusQuadrangularis, especially to patients either suffering from osteoarthritis or at risk of developing osteoarthritis, since it is 5% standardised to Ketosterone for maintaining good bone and joint health.

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