Joint stiffness and discomfort is also a consequence of aging. With advancing age, there's an increase in certain destructive cytokines (immune-modulating agents) that contribute to degenerative conditions. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) is one such agent. These pro-inflammatory agents have been implicated in a host of age-related problems including issues related to joints.
Blocking the actions of cytokines is crucial for joint health. In addition to protecting joints from damaging free radicals, replacing naturally occurring joint-supporting nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin is also important.
ArthroMax is a multinutrient formula designed to provide broad-spectrum support for aging joints and cartilage. This ArthroMax formula contains glucosamine sulfate along with a boswellia extract known as 5-LOXIN. Glucosamine sulfate provides underlying structural foundation for joints while 5-LOXIN inhibits the 5-lipoxygenase enzyme, thereby reducing levels of proinflammatory leukotriene B4.
Inflammatory reactions are regulated by a series of cytokines produced in the body. Normal aging results in an unfavorable balance of cytokines that contributes to persistent inflammatory conditions. Studies have shown that a special fraction in black tea suppresses proinflammatory cytokines at the genomic level. Scientists have found that these compounds called theaflavins uniquely down-regulate the expression of genes and cytokines associated with inflammatory conditions.
ArthroMax provides these bioactive theaflavin fractions, along with methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), which contains sulfur and methyl groups that are important in maintaining connective tissues such as tendons and cartilage. FruiteX B OsteoBoron, a patented form of boron identical to natural plant forms found in food and considered more bioavailable than other forms of boron, also supports healthy bones and joints.