- Articulations & Flexibilité
The joints: the cogs of our mobility
Our skeleton would not be mobile without its joints! As the attachment points of our bones, the joints allow our movements and absorb shocks. Age and intense physical activity can damage them, leading to wear and tear on their structure (cartilage, synovial fluid) and to inflammation that can become chronic.
THE hyaluronic acid for chondroprotection
Hyaluronic acid is a fundamental compound of the synovial fluid where it ensures the lubrication of the joint. It is also present in the cartilage where it contributes to the damping function and a certain flexibility. Its role is therefore very similar to the chondroitin-glucosamine duo, however its effectiveness in Nutra occurs at much lower doses than these first generation ingredients.
ExceptionHYAL® Jump, the patented active ingredient we have selected, is a high-end hyaluronic acid with clinically proven benefits. Effective from 200 mg per day (vs. 800 mg for chondroitin), it works quickly (30 days vs. 90 for chondroitin) and 70% of the subjects in its clinical study were able to reduce the intake of usual solutions.
The results of our ingredient can be explained by its size, smaller than chondroitin and therefore more absorbable, but also by its molecular weight spectrum 100% identical to the hyaluronic acid produced by our body, which is thus able to use our active ingredient perfectly.
In addition, vitamin C contributes to the normal formation of collagen to ensure the normal function of cartilage.
A duo of patented boswellia and mangosteen to moderate inflammation
Joint discomfort is sometimes such that it is difficult to wait for the effects of chondroprotective active ingredients. That is why we have selected two patented ingredients for their rapid anti-inflammatory action:
- Boswellin® Super: an extract of boswellia (Boswellia serrata), a plant traditionally used on the joint sphere. This extract is the most concentrated in AKBA (30%), its molecules of interest acting specifically on joint inflammation.
- Mangoselect®: this mangosteen extract (Garcinia mangostana L.) titrated in alpha-mangostin (10%) and gamma-mangostin (1%) targets inflammation and has demonstrated its benefits from 5 days.
Our Joint Formula has been developed to prevent and restore comfort in case of joint discomfort:
- Boswellia contributes to the health of bones and joints (mobile and flexible).
- The extract of mangosteen was clinically studied on the articular comfort.
- Hyaluronic acid owes its lubricating properties to its ability to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water.
- Vitamin C contributes to the normal formation of collagen to ensure the normal function of cartilage.
The joint, a complex structure
Our joints are made up of several structures that together ensure the mobility of our skeleton. Present on the smooth surface of the bones and composed of collagen (especially type II), cartilage protects the bone, facilitates joint sliding and helps absorb shocks. Between the bones, the synovial membrane produces the synovial fluid rich in hyaluronic acid.
By capturing water, hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricant for the proper sliding of the bones and prevents their wear. Finally, the joint is stabilized by the joint capsule, ligaments and tendons, and the whole joint is supported by the surrounding muscles.
A structure that can wear out
Under the effect of aging and intense physical activity, the process of inflammation can appear. This inflammation can alter the integrity of the joint structure and components (such as the hyaluronic acid mentioned above). And these alterations can maintain in return the inflammation. Thus a good food supplement joint associates complementary credits to take care of the structure and to alleviate the joint. Some are scientifically recognized for their specific action on the inhibition of articular inflammatory ways as the boswellia with its boswellic acid AKBA. Others have been proven effective in clinical studies on joint discomfort. This is the case of our ingredients ExceptionHYAL® Jump and Mangoselect® .
When to take the Articulations formula?
- The Articulation Formula should be taken at breakfast.
How many capsules?
- Children : Not recommended.
- Adolescents : Not recommended.
- Adults: 2 capsules per day.
Duration of one intake
- The Formula Articulations is taken during 1 month minimum at a rate of 2 capsules per day and its catch can be prolonged over several months according to the need.
How to take La Formule Articulations?
- The capsules are to be taken with a large glass of water, simply.
Duration of a bottle
- A bottle of La Formule Articulations lasts 30 days.
Precautions for use
- Food supplement Articulations containing boswellia, mangosteen, hyaluronic acid, to consume within the framework of a healthy and balanced diet.
- Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should seek the advice of a physician before taking any supplements.
- Store in a dry place, away from light and heat.
- Keep out of reach of children.
Nutritional value (mg) For 2 capsules % of RI* Mangoselect® 600 - • Including ɑ-mangostine 60 - • Including ɣ-mangostine 6 ExceptionHYAL® Jump 200 • Including hyaluronic acid 180 Boswellin® Super 100 • Including total 𝛃-boswellic acids 50 • Including AKBA 30 Vitamin C 30 30
Ingredients : Mangoselect® : mangosteen pericarp extract (Garcinia mangostana L.), ExceptionHYAL®ump (sodium hyaluronate), Boswellin® Super : boswellia extract (Boswellia serrata), Coating agent : hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Mangoselect® is a registered trademark of Fytexia.
ExceptionHYAL® Jump is a registered trademark of Roelmi.
Boswellin Super® is a registered trademark of Sabinsa.
Joints and articulations of our skeleton
To ensure its structure and mobility, our skeleton is made of several types of joints. We distinguish 3 different types of joints characterized by specific structures :
- Fibrous joints (also called synarthroses) as in the skull: their structure is fixed and does not allow movement. The bony surfaces are bound by connective tissue and there is no cartilage in these joints.
- Cartilaginous joints (or amphiarthroses) such as vertebrae: their structure is semi-mobile and their bony surfaces are linked by a fibrous and fibrocartilaginous structure reinforced by ligaments.
- Synovial joints, which are called articulations: these joints, the most numerous in our skeleton, are characterized by an articular cavity and a synovial membrane. It is their anatomy, and precisely the presence of this cavity, that allows mobility.
Anatomy of the joints or synovial joints
Joints are the most elaborate joints in the body, allowing a large range of motion.
They are made up of several characteristic elements:
1. Joint surfaces with:
- The articular bone surfaces are covered with articular cartilage, called hyaline cartilage.
- Fibrocartilaginous surfaces interposed between bony surfaces such as the menisci in the knee joint cavity.
2. Joint mobility elements with:
- The joint capsule: this structure is composed of synovial and fibrous membranes. Richly vascularized and innervated, the synovial membrane of this capsule secretes the synovial fluid (or synovia), a viscous liquid that ensures the sliding between the two joined bone surfaces.
- The ligaments: which give the joint its stability (completed by the periarticular muscles).
- Tendons: bundles of fibers made of collagen, glycoproteins and proteoglycans that attach muscles to bones.
Representation of a synovial joint (from )
Among these structural elements, two are particularly interesting with their major compounds:
Beyond skeletal mobility, the presence of cartilage (or cartilage tissue) on the bones gives our joints a shock absorbing role [2,3]. This tissue is composed of specific cells, the chondrocytes, which continuously produce the extracellular matrix of cartilage. This extracellular matrix brings together various compounds and structural molecules essential to cartilage. Various proteins are found in this articular cartilage matrix:
- Collagen: mainly type II (versus type I in the skin),
- Glycosaminoglycans: mainly hyaluronic acid and chondroitin.
- Proteoglycans: mainly aggregans,
- Other proteins: "protein link", fibronectin...
- And small proteoglycans: biglycan, decorin and fibromodulin.
This set gives the joint its compression capacity and resistance to the tensions exerted on the fabric.
2. Synovial membrane:
The synovial membrane (or synovium) of the joint capsule is made up of synoviocytes, the cells responsible for producing the hyaluronic acid contained in the synovial fluid. With its ability to retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid helps to reduce friction and limit wear and tear on the joint, like a lubricant.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), approximately 1.71 billion people worldwide suffer from osteoarticular and muscular diseases.
Among these conditions, osteoarthritis is defined as a degenerative process of chronic inflammation that affects the joints, mainly the knees, hands, shoulders, feet, and hips.
The causes of osteoarthritis can be diverse: age, immunity, genetics, or mechanical causes such as obesity, intensive sports activity...
There are different forms of osteoarthritis, two of which are well known:
- Osteoarthritis: linked to an erosion of the joint, it is favored by natural aging and the phenomenon of inflammation. It is the most common joint pathology.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: related to a dysfunction of the immune system, it results from an autoimmune disease.
In addition to these problems related to the joint structure, there are other problems such as tendonitis or tenosynovitis. These tendon affections result in pain that can be intense and cause real discomfort on a daily basis. Tendinitis is mainly caused by the repetition of movements and gestures that put excessive strain on the tendons.
Mainly related to aging, osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease. It is characterized by the destruction of cartilage and joint structure.
Osteoarthritis represents a real public health issue because of the discomfort and pain it causes and the limitation of mobility it leads to on a daily basis. And because of the demographic growth and an increasingly long life expectancy, it is understandable that the number of people concerned is increasing. In France, 10 million people are affected by osteoarthritis, 65% of whom are over 65 years of age, and this number continues to increase .
At the physiological level, natural aging induces a progressive loss of cellular defenses throughout the body, and specifically in the joints. In addition, the production of specific inflammatory mediators at the joint level overactivates the immune system. These 2 factors (cellular senescence and the installation of inflammation) induce an environment conducive to the deterioration of joint structures with [5-7] :
- The degradation of the articular space and in particular that of the hyaline cartilage due to a lesser renewal of the hyaluronic acid of the synovial liquid.
- The formation of osteophytes, i.e. bone outgrowths induced by abnormal localized bone production.
- And bone remodeling around the joints.
Osteoarthritis can occur acutely and chronically in all synovial joints of the body and to a greater extent in large joints such as the knees and hips. It is accompanied by pain and a loss of mobility that can be disabling. In the particular case of obesity, osteoarthritis is favored since the inflammation is already installed and the excess weight puts pressure on the joints .
Managing joint discomfort
The management of osteoarthritis generally involves a series of measures such as maintaining appropriate physical activity to avoid the negative spiral of immobility, but also taking care to limit inflammation and protect the joint. All of this helps to reduce the discomfort felt and limit joint disease.
The use of medications, such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), helps to relieve the pain and sensations experienced in the joint. These solutions are used daily by more than half of the people who suffer from joint discomfort. In case of chronic inflammation and pain, other solutions can be used [9,10]. The scientific literature is relatively extensive in terms of active ingredients that have been clinically studied on the joint sphere, such as compounds present in the joint structure [11,12]:
- Collagen: abundant in the joint, collagen is particularly valued for its benefits on joint comfort as shown by numerous clinical studies.
- Hyaluronic acid: its intake has been studied (at doses lower than those of collagen, in the order of 200/60 mg over 1 to 3 months versus several grams for collagen) and shows that hyaluronic acid participates in chondroprotection, the protection of cartilage and the joint as a whole. It decreases the regulation of genes coding for joint inflammation mediators and acts locally on the global synthesis of glycosaminoglycans (the category of molecules to which it belongs) which directly improve the viscoelasticity of the joint affected by the inflammation [13-16].
- Chondroitin and glucosamine: often associated in joint formulas, they also appear in the literature [17,18]. Chondroitin is a glycosaminoglycan (the hyaluronic acid family) present in cartilage and synovial fluid that contributes to the viscosity of the joint. Taking chondroitin has shown positive effects on doses of 800 mg to 1200 mg per day over approximately 3 months. Mechanisms of action quite similar to those of hyaluronic acid have been described [19-22]. Glucosamine sulfate is one of the proteoglycans of cartilage. According to the literature, an average of 1.5 g per day over a period of 4 months would produce beneficial effects .
Comparison of the molecular structures of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin
It appears that the molecular size of hyaluronic acid is smaller than that of chondroitin, allowing it to be well absorbed by our body.
Besides these structural compounds, the literature also highlights the benefits of plants.
- Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): among the references, it is widely recognized by the scientific community and its effectiveness is no longer to be proven when the bioavailability of its compounds of interest is ensured. It has a global action on the inflammatory process which makes it an ingredient of choice to manage inflammation, without preventing wear and tear or acting specifically on inflammation in the joints.
- Harpagophytum (Harpagophytum procumbens, or devil's claw): if it benefits from interesting works on the articular sphere thanks to its richness in harpagosides, these data are relatively old compared to those of boswellia  with a dose of 50 to 60 mg of harpagosides per day minimum, over 4 weeks .
- Boswellia (Boswellia serrata): traditionally used for its soothing virtues, boswellia has been the subject of numerous clinical studies, notably at doses of 100 to 250 mg of extracts over periods of at least 4 weeks. Its benefits would result from boswellic acids, such as AKBA (the most powerful) showing a specific activity on joint inflammation: it inhibits 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme involved in the inflammation process at the joint level. Specifically, this enzyme leads to the production of inflammatory mediators (leukotrienes) which are found in the synovial fluid and thus maintain an inflammatory phenomenon [15-18].
Finally, Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM), a stable, natural source rich in sulfur, is also found in the literature. Nevertheless, few clinical studies (and not very recent) mention positive effects of this compound on the articular sphere. Moreover, the daily doses referenced are substantial, in the order of 3 g, and the associated results are measured approximately after 3 months of intake [19-21].
It is on the basis of this extensive literature highlighting ingredients of interest that we have selected active ingredients with targeted and complementary actions on joint discomfort.
The Nutri&Co formula: the daily solution to joint discomfort
The development of our Joint Formula is based on the desire to offer a solution specifically adapted to joint comfort. It is a daily alternative to the traditional solutions to prevent the damage of the articulations in front of natural ageing while helping to fight against the inflammation.
For this, we have selected 3 complementary patented active ingredients for their benefits on :
- the inflammation process at the joint level,
- the structural components of the joint.
Boswellia and mangosteen to act on inflammation:
Our patented boswellia extract, Boswellin® Super (100mg) is derived from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. It is the extract, currently available, with the highest concentration of AKBA (30%), the boswellic acids of interest acting on the specific inflammation of the joint sphere [22,23]. It has several clinical studies demonstrating its effectiveness, tolerance and safety on joint comfort over several months.
To this boswellia extract, we have associated Mangoselect® , a patented mangosteen extract. The active compounds of interest in this extract are alpha-mangostin (titrated to 10%) and gamma-mangostin (titrated to 1%), polyphenols that inhibit inflammatory stimuli (interleukins, pro-inflammatory molecules that activate the signals of these pathways).
A clinical study (in the course of publication) carried out on a dosage of 600 mg / day showed beneficial effects on the articular comfort in only 5 days in old subjects and sportsmen.
Hyaluronic acid, an essential joint structure compound:
We have selected a patented hyaluronic acid, ExceptionHYAL® Jump. Obtained by biotechnology, it is composed of a wide spectrum of hyaluronic acid molecules of low (2 KDa) and high (3000 KDa) molecular weight, giving it a profile identical in every way to endogenous hyaluronic acid and therefore easily usable by the body.
Its efficacy, tolerance and safety have been clinically studied (under publication). A dose of 200 mg / day for 56 days by 60 subjects has demonstrated significantly positive effects from 28 days on the improvement of joint comfort. The results obtained show a faster action of this dosage compared to the smallest doses in the literature (30 mg). During this study, 70% of the subjects reduced their intake of usual solutions (versus 20% in the placebo).
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A question ?Our experts answer all your questions.
Is this formula indicated for prevention only?
Not only because La Formule Articulations also targets the phases of chronic and daily discomfort.
How long does it take to get results on joint discomfort?
According to the results of the studies, as of 1 week of catch the formula would make it possible to limit the articular discomfort. The positive effect on joint comfort will really take effect after one month.
Is this product recommended for tendonitis?
Our Joint Formula focuses on the joint capsule and therefore does not target tendon discomfort. However, a combo with our collagen and turmeric can be interesting insofar as tendons are made up of 90% collagen and curcumin provides a global anti-inflammatory action (ie: less targeted than boswellia for example).
Why take the Joint Formula and not Turmeric?
These two formulas are complementary. The Turmeric targets more the acute phases of discomfort while the Joint Formula targets the chronic phases of discomfort. Turmeric, to be taken over a maximum of 8 weeks, can be taken to reduce discomfort in an attack phase. It can be completed by our Joint Formula which can be prolonged on a long term intake.
I was already taking collagen to protect my joints, can I supplement with the Joint Formula?
Absolutely, these two formulas are complementary. One contains collagen and the other hyaluronic acid, both of which are components of the joint structure. However, the Collagen will take effect after a few months and is more of a prevention formula (versus 1 month for the Joint Formula).
Why didn't you put chondroitin or glucosamine in your formula?
For three reasons.
- On the one hand, the effects of these compounds could be similar to those of hyaluronic acid on chondroprotection.
- On the other hand, the necessary doses are in the order of a gram per day, leaving little room for combinations of ingredients in capsules.
- Finally, vegan chondroitin is very difficult to find on the market, and our desire was to offer a formula that meets the criteria of most people, without limiting its effectiveness.
Why didn't you use nettle or bamboo?
We have selected our ingredients on the basis of an in-depth bibliographic research work which allowed us to identify the best ingredients on the articular sphere. We have chosen from collagen, MSM, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, glucosamine, turmeric, harpagophytum and boswellia. Our final selection is based on the robustness of the clinical studies of these ingredients on the articular sphere. In addition, the effect of bamboo on joints is attributed to silica, a compound avoided in our formulations.
Can I combine it with pain medication?
There are no contraindications to the use of the Articulations Formula in the event of taking medication against pain. Nevertheless, we recommend to take the opinion of your doctor.
Where do our ingredients come from?
Encapsulation (capsule filling) - BpharmaChambéry, France
B-pharma is a French actor of the shaping of Nutraceutical products, in particular of forms known as "dry" (powders, capsules, tablets).
Boswellin® Super - SabinsaOrigin and manufacture: India
Founded in 1988 in the USA, Sabinsa offers a portfolio of high value-added health ingredients based on extensive scientific research.
ExceptionHYAL® Jump - RoelmiDevelopment and study: Italy
Roelmi is an Italian company offering nutraceutical and cosmetic solutions supported by clinical research. Its hyaluronic acid is currently among the most documented on the market.
Mangoselect® - FytexiaOrigin and manufacturing: Thailand and Indonesia
Founded in 2003, Fytexia is a French company (near Montpellier) with a worldwide network of researchers and the benefits of their functional ingredients are based on scientific evidence.