OSTEOARTHRITIS is a inflamation of joint or damage of cartilage joint. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which influences cartilage joint. Osteoarthritis can be occur to all joint of the body but commonly on knee, pelvic, low back, neck, fingers joint and thumb.
In the joint structure, there is a tissues known as cartilage. It cover the ends of joint bone. Synovial fluid between the bones acts as a lubricant which prevent the ends of bones from rubbing and eroding each other.
In the synovial fluid deficiency, condition the cartilage layer which cover the ends of the bones, will rub against each other. The friction will make the layer thinner and eventually will cause pain.
Several factors that increase the risk of osteoarthritis as follows:
- Trauma in the joints
- Excessive physical activity.
The signs and symptoms can be:
- Pain in the joints
- The stiffness of the joint after a long period of not moving and will usually improve after being moved
- The joint creaks as it moves
- Swelling of the joints
- Loss of motion in the joints
Factors can be done to prevent osteoarthritis:
ü Maintain ideal body weight and avoid excessive pressure to joints. It aims to reduce joint pain, inflammation and also to improve and maintain joint function.
ü Consumption of vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and also supports collagen synthesis. Both of them have important role to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Dietary rich of vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi fruit, melons, broccoli, peppers, cabbage, brussel, cabbage, tomatoes, and potatoes.
ü Increase vitamin D. Consumption Intake and low levels of vitamin D in the body can disrupt bone response and increase the risk of OA.
ü Consumption supplements containing glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. The substances can reduce the occurrence of joint inflammation.
ü Exercises regularly with professional guidance can be useful for strengthening joint muscles and preventing joints from structural disruption and maintaining joint mobility
Currently, pharmacological therapy for osteoarthritis has been widely developed in the society. Of the many therapies, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as piroxicam, celecoxib and etc, is the most preferred because it is capable to reduce the pain caused by inflammation. However, some clinical studies have demonstrated that use of NSAIDs result in significant gastrointestinal (GIT) and cardiovascular (KV) complications. In addition, the use of NSAIDs only to reduce pain due to inflammation without repairing damage of cartilage and joint.
The pharmacological therapy for osteoarthritis has been developed with a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. Glucosamine is a material found in the matrix of cartilage and joint fluid. Glucosamine is a major precursor in the biosynthesis of various macromolecules including proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that play an important role in cartilage synthesis by improving joint conditions.
Chondroitin is an important compound of cartilage. It gives ability to hold the pressure. In addition, chondroitin can maintain joint viscosity, stimulate cartilage repair mechanism and inhibit cartilage-breaking enzymes.
MSM or known as Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is a sulfur-containing compound that is necessary for the tendons and muscles. It can reduce pain and swelling in osteoarthritis patients. In addition MSM also has functions as an antioxidant that can reduce free radical activity in the body.
PT SIMEX PHARMACEUTICAL as one of the pharmaceutical companies in Indonesia presents Good Life GCM FORTE, as an optional supplement to resolve the problem of Osteoarthritis therapy. Good Life GCM FORTE is the right compound between Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Methylsulfonate Methane (MSM) which can reduce inflammatory disorders, repair joint damage and treatment joints.
Based on studies, showing the use of a combination from glucosamine and chondroitin can repair damaged joints, and safe to use for along term. In addition, Good Life GCM FORTE is also completed with various minerals such as selenium, manganese, magnesium and zinc that serve as a support for caring and repairing of cartilage and joints. Good Life GCM FORTE is a practical preparation because only one sachet a day by mixing in 50-100 ml of warm water.
In conclusion, Good Life GCM FORTE containing glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM and various minerals, is the right choice to repair joint and cartilage damage. It also able to reduce pain due to joint inflammation.
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