This is a joint support and health supplement from my line of science-based workout supplements, LEGION.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Ben Franklin once said that famous line and it has a lot of relevance to us physically active folks, especially to athletes and weightlifters.
People will rush to buy muscle builders, protein powders, hormone boosters, fat burners, and the like, but they often overlook products designed to improve general function and longevity.
Well, anybody that has spent years training hard knows how vitally important healthy joints are.
More than 52 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and if your joints are inflamed or damaged, all aspects of your performance decline. For example, you may lose speed, strength, power, and agility; you may not be able to do certain exercises and activities; you may not be able to handle weights you once could; and you likely have to learn to deal with constant, nagging aches and pains.
Healthy joints are one of those things people just don’t fully appreciate until they’re gone.
Supporting joint health starts with proper training, nutrition, and rest, but supplementation can help greatly as well (and is particularly effective in rehabilitation).
You see, your joints are lined with a flexible tissue known as cartilage, which lubricates them and absorbs physical impacts. Healthy cartilage preserves ease of motion and keeps your joints pain free.
Many people assume that regular exercise must accelerate cartilage loss through repetitive use and general wear and tear. Research shows otherwise, though.
Forms of exercise usually assumed to be harmful to your joints like weightlifting and long-distance running are not associated with cartilage loss or osteoarthritis. In fact, regular exercise appears to help preserve healthy cartilage levels.
Why, then, do so many long-term exercisers and athletes seem to suffer from joint problems? And what can be done about it?
Well, to answer those questions, let’s take a closer look at how joints lose their structural integrity, eventually resulting in arthritis.
Two common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which involve painful inflammation of the joints resulting from the gradual loss of the cartilage.
Osteoarthritis has been long believed to be a natural consequence of aging, and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in joint inflammation and destruction.
Well, we now know that both conditions are at least partially caused by an unwanted destructive immune response to joint collagen that eats away at the joints.
What happens is your body’s immune system incorrectly targets and attacks joint cartilage as a foreign, unwanted substance.
Theoretically, then, if we could stop this internal assault on your joints as well as reduce existing joint inflammation, we could dramatically improve your joint health and reduce the risk of disease and dysfunction.
And that’s exactly what research suggests.
Studies show that, in people with arthritic conditions, reducing inflammation and “teaching” the immune system to stop attacking proteins found in joint cartilage can significantly improve joint health and function and decrease or even eliminate pain and swelling.
And that’s why we created FORTIFY.
Its formulation is the result of an extensive scientific review of a wide variety of natural molecules known to support joint health.
We carefully chose a handful that work synergistically to safely deliver consistent results in regulating the immune response that destroys the joints and reducing the inflammation that causes pain and swelling.
The result is the most powerful joint supplement available for improving joint health, function, and longevity, with every ingredient backed by sound clinical research and included at clinically effective dosages.
Let’s take a look at the formulation.
Collagen is the main protein of the various connective tissues in animals and type II collagen (CII) is a type of collagen that makes up your joint cartilage.
“Undenatured” is more than a fancy word—it’s vitally important to the effectiveness of the product.
Denaturization is the alteration of the natural structure of a substance, usually by the addition of another chemical or heat that changes the substance’s physical properties.
Typical commercial processing of collagen causes alterations to its basic form (denaturization), and research shows that denatured collagen has no beneficial effects on joint inflammation.
Undenatured collagen, however, is a more natural form of the substance and research shows that the UC II® undenatured type II collagen is highly effective for regulating the immune response that inflames joints and destroys cartilage and bone, which further inflames the joints and starts a degenerative cycle.
And the best part about undenatured type II collagen is that these effects have been demonstrated in people with arthritic conditions and people with healthy joints.
It accomplishes this by “teaching” the body’s immune system to stop attacking collagen as a foreign substance, which is the cause of some arthritic conditions. Orally ingesting CII works almost like a vaccine, resulting in less of an inflammatory response to your own collagen because the body now recognizes it.
The clinically effective dosages of undenatured type II collagen range between 10 and 40 milligrams.
We chose the lower end of the clinically effective dosage because it isn’t clear if more is better. Research clearly shows that 10 mg is effective but not that two, three, or four times that amount is more so.
Curcumin is the yellow pigment found in the turmeric plant, which is the main spice in curry. It has been used therapeutically in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Its health benefits are extensive and scientific researchers around the world are investigating applications for fighting a variety of disease such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.
One reason for this is that curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, which are exerted by inhibiting proteins that trigger the production of inflammatory chemicals.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution for increasing bioavailability—black pepper extract. Research shows that pairing black pepper extract with curcumin increases bioavailability twentyfold. And when you do that, curcumin becomes an effective joint support supplement.
Studies show that supplementation with curcumin and black pepper extract reduces inflammatory signals in the joints and, in those with arthritis, relieves pain and stiffness and improves mobility.
When paired with piperine, the clinically effective dosages of curcumin range between 200 and 500 milligrams.