Joint Guard Plus 60 caps

Joint Guard Plus 60 capsules

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Joint Guard Plus Capsules

 

Joint Guard Plus Capsules is indicated for the treatment of joint pain due to arthritis, swelling due to arthritis, stiffness due to arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Joint Guard Plus available in capsules form.

 

Joint Guard Plus Uses

Joint Guard Plus capsules is used in the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:

 

Joint Guard Plus Working, Mechanism of Action

 

Joint Guard Plus improves the patient’s condition by Building the hard connective tissue located in the bones.

 

 

Joint Guard Plus Composition and Active Ingredients

 

Joint Guard Plus is composed of the following ingredients :

  • Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E.
  • Magnesium as Magnesium sulfate.
  • Glucosamine HCL.
  • Collagen Hydrolysate.
  • Chondroitin sulfate.
  • Omega 3.
  • Boswellia Serrata Extract.
  • Hyaluronic Acid.

 

The Right Amount of Vitamin C

Vitamin C may help prevent some forms of arthritis, but too much of it may worsen other kinds.

The USDA’s recommendation of 75 milligrams (mg) per day for women and 90 mg per day for men remains the golden mean for vitamin C consumption.

 

Though many studies reports reflected both ends of the C spectrum, they show that getting the right amount of vitamin C is key for both preventing inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints with OA.

 

Without a doubt, vitamin C benefits most people. So keep a happy balance of C-rich foods, including red peppers, strawberries and citrus fruits, in your diet.

 

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, helping protect the body from free radicals, which are compounds that can damage the body. Vitamin E also supports the immune system and helps make red blood cells.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium strengthens bones; maintains nerve and muscle function; regulates heart rhythm and blood sugar levels; and helps maintain joint cartilage.

 

Many studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, have found that eating foods high in magnesium and potassium increases bone density and may help prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.

 

Glucosamine HCL

 

Glucosamine is the major component of joint cartilage. Supplements are derived from the shells of shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster and crab) or from vegetable sources.

Claims: Slows deterioration of cartilage, relieves osteoarthritis (OA) pain and improves joint mobility.

 

What we know: Glucosamine produced in the body provides natural building blocks for growth, repair and maintenance of cartilage. Like chondroitin, glucosamine may lubricate joints, help cartilage retain water and prevent its breakdown. Similar to NSAIDs for effectiveness of easing osteoarthritis symptoms but may take twice as long as conventional drugs to work.

Studies: Trial results are mixed, but overall, glucosamine appears to reduce pain and improve function in OA. A 2005 review of 20 glucosamine studies found an improvement in joint pain, stiffness and function with one brand of glucosamine (Rottapharm, marketed as Dona, Viartril and Xicil) but not others.

The largest study to date, the 2006 Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) looked at 1,600 people with knee OA. The first phase found that a small subset of patients with moderate-to-severe arthritis experienced significant pain relief from combined glucosamine and chondroitin. The 2008 phase found that glucosamine and chondroitin, together or alone, did not slow joint damage. And in the two-year-long 2010 phase, glucosamine and chondroitin were found as effective for knee OA as celecoxib (Celebrex).

In a small 2012 study, an improvement in symptoms was seen with combined glucosamine and NSAIDs, and a smaller but still significant improvement with glucosamine alone.

Research also suggests glucosamine may slow joint damage. A 2008 retrospective study of nearly 300 patients found those using glucosamine underwent half as many joint replacement surgeries as those on placebo.

 

Note: May take up to one month to notice effect.

 

Glucosamine may cause mild stomach upset, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation, as well as increased blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure. Don’t use glucosamine if you are allergic to shellfish.

New research suggests that people with glaucoma or intraocular hypertension could have worsening eye pressure if they take a glucosamine supplement.

 

Collagen Hydrolysate

 

Hydrolyzed gelatin products have long been used in pharmaceuticals and foods; these products are generally recognized as safe food products by regulatory agencies. Pharmaceutical-grade collagen hydrolysate (PCH) is obtained by hydrolysis of pharmaceutical gelatin. Clinical studies suggest that the ingestion of 10 g PCH daily reduces pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip .

 

Collagen hydrolysate is of interest as a therapeutic agent of potential utility in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Its high level of safety makes it attractive as an agent for long-term use in these chronic disorders.

 

Chondroitin Sulfate

 

Chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues found in cartilage and bone. In supplements, chondroitin sulfate usually comes from animal cartilage.

Chondroitin reduces pain and inflammation, improves joint function and slows progression of osteoarthritis (OA).

Chondroitin believed to enhance the shock-absorbing properties of collagen and block enzymes that break down cartilage. Helps cartilage retain water and may reverse cartilage loss when used with glucosamine.

The largest study to date, the 2006 Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) looked at 1,600 people with knee OA. The first phase found that a small subset of patients with moderate-to-severe arthritis experienced significant pain relief from combined glucosamine and chondroitin. The 2008 phase found that glucosamine and chondroitin, together or alone, did not slow joint damage. And in the two-year-long 2010 phase, glucosamine and chondroitin were found as effective for knee OA as celecoxib (Celebrex).

But a 2010 meta-analysis of 10 trials involving more than 3,000 patients published in BMJ found no benefit from chondroitin, glucosamine or both.

A separate 2011 study showed a significant improvement in pain and function in patients with hand OA using chondroitin alone. Benefits of chondroitin and glucosamine remain controversial, but the supplements appear extremely safe.

Note: Allow up to one month to notice effect.

MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane

 

MSM found naturally in fruits, vegetables, grains, animals and humans.

MSM reduces pain and inflammation.

MSM is an organic sulfur compound. Sulfur is needed to form connective tissue. MSM also seems to act as an analgesic by lessening nerve impulses that transmit pain.

A 2006 pilot study of 50 men and women with knee osteoarthritis showed that 6,000 mg of MSM improved symptoms of pain and physical function without major side effects. No large, well-controlled human studies have been performed.

 

MSM may cause stomach upset or diarrhea. Don’t use MSM if you are taking blood thinners.

 

Fish Oil

Oil from cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, halibut and cod.

Fish Oil reduces inflammation and morning stiffness. Treats rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, depression and Raynaud’s phenomenon. Important for brain function and may inhibit RA development.

Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (including EPA and DHA), which block inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins; they are converted by the body into powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals called resolvins. Fish oil also lowers blood triglyceride (fats that circulate in the blood­stream), protecting against heart disease and reducing high blood pressure.

Studies: EPA and DHA have been extensively studied for RA as well as dozens of other inflammatory conditions, including heart disease, depression, Raynaud’s syndrome and lupus. A 2010 meta-analysis found that fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in RA patients and reduced or eliminated NSAID use. Preliminary studies indicate it may have a similar effect on osteoarthritis. A 2005 study of people with RA showed enhanced positive effects when fish oil supplements were used in combination with olive oil.

Meta-analyses also have shown that fish oil improves depression when taken with conventional antidepressants and in one small study, it increased cold tolerance and time to vasospasm in Raynaud’s.

 

 

Indian Frankincense

[Frankincense, Boswellia, Boswellin, Salai Guggal]

Boswellia serrate

 

Boswellia serrate is a gum resin from the bark of the Boswellia tree found in India.

It reduces inflammation and treats rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and bursitis symptoms. It may also be used to treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Boswellic acids – the active components – may have strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They may also help prevent cartilage loss and inhibit the autoimmune process, making Indian frankincense/boswellia a potential therapy for RA in addition to OA.

In a 2004 study, Indian frankincense/boswellia was tested as a treatment for knee OA. Researchers recruited 30 people with knee OA and gave half the group a daily supplement containing 333 mg of Indian frankincense/boswellia; others got placebo. People who took Indian frankincense/boswellia reported less knee pain, better mobility and an ability to walk longer distances than those taking placebo.

A 2008 study in India, where Indian frankincense/boswellia is a traditional remedy, found that a supplement called 5-Loxin significantly improved OA pain and function within seven days and slowed cartilage damage after 3 months.

A 2008 British review found Indian frankincense/boswellia safe and effective for both OA and RA, though results of RA trials have been mixed.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

 

Hyaluronic acid is a long elastic molecule that binds water, and so lubricates tissues and joints. It serves as a component of connective tissues throughout the body.

It has been used to treat a variety of problems, including arthritis, dry eyes, and aging skin. It can be injected (directly into joints or skin), taken orally, or applied topically to skin.

 

 

Joint Guard Plus Side-effects

 

The following is a list of possible side effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Joint Guard Plus. This is not a comprehensive list. These side effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side effects, especially if they do not go away.

  • Nausea
  • Hives
  • Throat
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing

If you notice other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side effects to your local food and drug administration authority.

 

Joint Guard Plus Precautions & How to Use

Before using this drug, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product package. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.

 

 

 

Joint Guard Plus Frequently asked Questions

  • Can Joint Guard Plus be used for Joint pain due to arthritis and Swelling due to arthritis? 
Yes, joint pain due to arthritis and swelling due to arthritis are among the most common reported uses for Joint Guard Plus. Please do not use Joint Guard Plus for joint pain due to arthritis and swelling due to arthritis without consulting first with your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming? 
If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when eating Joint Guard Plus then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if eating the Product makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Joint Guard Plus. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming? 
Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government’s categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption? 
Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.
  • Is Joint Guard Plus safe to consume or apply when pregnant? 
Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
  • Is Joint Guard Plus safe while breastfeeding? 
Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Guard Plus Drug Interactions

If you take other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Joint Guard Plus may change. This may increase your risk for side effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Joint Guard Plus may interact with the following drugs and products:

 

Joint Guard Plus Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Joint Guard Plus is a contraindication. In addition, Joint Guard Plus should not be taken if you have the following conditions:

 

Other important Information on Joint Guard Plus

 

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, take it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not take extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.

References: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Overdosage of Joint Guard Plus

 

  • Do not take more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Joint Guard Plus, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to over dosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.

References: 5, 6, 7

Storage of Joint Guard Plus

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Joint Guard Plus.

References: 8, 9, 10, 11

 

Expired Joint Guard Plus Capsules

  • Taking a single dose of expired Joint Guard Plus is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to take expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.

References: 12, 13

 

Advisory Information:

Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult a doctor before taking food supplements.If you suffer from diabetes or are taking Warfarin or other blood thinning medications you should consult your doctor before taking this product. Do not take the product if allergic to crustaceans (shellfish).

 

Other benefits:

– Free from: yeast, sodium salt, sucrose, artificial sweetener, artificial flavour, lactose, preservative.

Cautions:

– Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctor before taking food supplements.

– If you suffer from diabetes or are taking Warfarin or other blood thinning medications you should consult your doctor before taking this product

– Do not take this product if allergic to Crustaceans (Shellfish)

– Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle.

– Store in a cool dry place and out of reach of children

 

Dosage Information

Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

 

Take 1 capsule per day. If you want to take a higher strength you can take up to 2 capsules per day. However, do not exceed the maximum daily intake.

 

 

Joint Guard Plus Packages and Strengths

Joint Guard Plus is available in the following packages and strengths

Joint Guard Plus Packages: 60 Capsules

 

Manufactured in USA – Miami, FL

GMP Certified Facility

FDA Inspected

 

 

References

Harvard Medical School (2016). Drug Expiration Dates – Do They Mean Anything? Accessed: May 1st, 2016.

 

 

 

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