Nutrition for Joints

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Nutrition for joints – does it really work?

Hey, so you have these painful joints and other than surgery – what can you do?

Actually a lot according to some research.  Dr. Welker, MD did a study using amino acids and vitamins and got great results.

Degeneration of collagen and cartilage generates pain and immobility.  Over time, pessimism has set in about collagen being able to regenerate, but we are seeing more data showing the cells that create collagen have a greater capacity to regenerate than previously thought!

Turn over rate for collagen is very slow.  However, L-lysine, vitamin C, and copper – all which cannot be created in the body, affect the growth and restructuring of cartiledge.


Don't let your joints get this dry! Phil Date | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Don’t let your joints get this dry!
Phil Date | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Amino acids that loves your joints:



L-lysine – ingredient in collagen fibrils


Antioxidants that love your joints:

Grape seed extract has been shown to have beneficial effects on cartilage.  GSE contains resveratrol, phenolic acids, oligomeric proanthocyanidins, and flavonoids.  This inhibits histimine as well.  It has many other roles in the body, but its use here is very interesting.

Ascorbic acid – vitamin C has long been known to be vital in collagen and connective tissues.


I could tell you all about the biochemistry here – but I’ll save you!  Trust me – its pretty cool.  If you are interested – I will list the article to read.  If you love biochemistry – all this will make good sense to you.  If you don’t love biochemisty – or are too busy and want to take my word for it – try it – the most you have to lose is nothing.



The study:

9 female patients with gonarthrosis of the knee

Gonarthrosis is a degenerative, non-infectious disease which causes a progressive loss of cartilage, hardening of the bones, and involvement of the synovia.


What did they find?

Significant pain reduction in 4 cases and 5 became pain-free.  The only person who did not become pain free did not use GSE.


Treatment for Pain Reduction for OsteoArthritis

Nutrion for Joints.  Try this treatment.  If nutrition doesn’t work, I highly recommend homeopathy with someone who is experienced.

Note – mg are total daily doses.  For the nutrients that are taken twice a day – if the total is 500 mg – you would take 250 mg twice a day.


Taken Two Times per Day:

Vitamin C                                           6,000 to 8,000 mg a day

Grape Seed Extract                         500 mg

L-lysine –                                            2,500 mg

L-Arginine                                          250 mg

L-Carnitine                                        50 mg

L-Cysteine                                         30 mg

L-Proline                                            375 mg


Taken Once a Day

A good multivitamin that has vitamin A, D3, E, K2, Chromium, Copper, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc, Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene

CoQ10                                                100 mg


Data show it is a combination of vitamin C, GSE, and L-lysine that gets the best results.



Thank you Orthomolecular Medicine!  You help me be a better practitioner everyday!  I love to helping people get better!

Welker, Bernhard, MD: Orthomolecular Therapy for Gonarthrosis: A Case Series. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2011; vol 26: 179-183.


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