In high intensity functional training (multiple joint movements) there is a great pressure on the joints, hence you do not only need to reload your glycogen stores and replenish the amino acids, triglycerides, but need to supplement your diet with joint recovering agents. Supplementation is needed because joints have a slow recovery due to poor circulation.
Many people around the world have tried different food supplement containing glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate in different ratios or just using one or the other. From a scientific point of view results are controversial. Some say that using glucosamine might help, others say that it only helps by taking chondroitin sulfate as well. However the crucial thing is to use the right natural source of the compounds with some extra ingredients – vitamins, minerals that actually help you with joint/cartilage recovery.
The power of eggshell membrane
In the last 10 years more and more scientists started paying attention to the thing that has always been on the family menu: eggs. More precisely I am talking about the eggshell membrane, the thin layer that covers the white egg itself and can be seen when the whole thing is boiled and peeled. Eggshells and their membranes have been thoroughly studied and analyzed for their content.
The eggshell membrane contains several types of collagen (types X, I and V – type I and X is found in human tendons, skin, artery walls and mineralizing cartilage), high concentrations of a number of amino acids, collagen-like proteins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate are important GAGs in the eggshell membrane.
But let’s just move to the research itself. In one study a total of 60 adults between the ages of 18 and 70 (45 men, 15 women) agreed to participate. Each of them reported chronic pain in some of their joints (elbow, shoulder, ankle or knee). After matching for age, sex and affected joints, the participants were randomly assigned to receive either eggshell membrane supplementation (500 mg) or placebo for 4 weeks.
In addition to their normal exercise program, participants were asked to complete an additional exercise challenge once per week. This exercise challenge was to be completed on the same day of each week (Monday) and at the same time of day (in the morning, after supplementation and breakfast). The exercise challenge for those with chronic shoulder or elbow pain consisted of pushups. For those with chronic knee or ankle pain, the exercise challenge consisted of jump squats. Each of these sessions involved performing 10 sets of 5 repetitions of the given movement with 2 minutes of rest between sets.
The results of this experiment suggest that four weeks of supplementation with 500 mg eggshell membrane daily improves post-exercise pain in comparison with placebo supplementation, specifically in physically active adults experiencing pain in the ankles, elbows, knees and shoulders.
Now the question is if there is an eggshell membrane containing product on the food supplement market?
Of course, the WOD CRUSHER line from Scitec Nutrition has one called NEM® FORTE! NEM is an abbreviation, which stands for natural eggshell membrane. The product contains only natural ingredients.
The eggshell membrane is a natural source of combined Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Hyaluronic Acid. The lamellar structure of it is constructed from thin protein layers that are connected with one another as a mesh. The protein filaments are constructed among other things of keratin with a relatively high sulphur content and of Collagen, surrounded by a mucopolysaccharide substance (including Hyaluronic Acid, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine). NEM® FORTE with the added extra ingredients helps with the normal function of connective tissues, cartilages and bones!
This product contains Vitamin C (and the mineral Manganese as well), which has long been known from research studies for helping two enzymes in the hydroxylation process of L-Lysine and L-Proline amino acids as a cofactor. Vitamin C helps to protect the cells from oxidative stress and contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilages, bones, blood vessels, gums, teeth and skin. It also contributes to the normal function of the immune and nervous systems, and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue and to the maintenance of normal bones!
To help prevent or address problems with your hard working joints, try WOD CRUSHER NEM® FORTE now!