Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting around 3% of the population and at least 8 million people in the UK alone. Among those over 60 years old, 10% of men and 18% of women are affected (1).
A disease of the joints, it occurs as a result of the breakdown of the joint cartilage and bone, when the body is not able to repair itself. Common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness – presenting itself after exercise initially but over time becoming a constant pain. Other symptoms include swelling of the joints and decreased range of motion(2).
Treatments include certain exercises to help strength and range of movement. Overweight people may also find that weight loss helps to decrease the pain and stiffness.
Supplementation with hyaluronic acid and MSM can also help to alleviate the symptoms by contributing to cushioning the joints.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the body, and is found in high concentration in fluids in the joints and eyes. It is present in the synovial fluid which surrounds and cushions our joints (3).
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulphur in the body, which is an important nutrient for the maintenance of healthy joints, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. MSM plays a role in maintaining the cushion between joints to support mobility and protect healthy cartilage (4).