Glucosamine is well recognised and accepted across the world as a front line, joint health ingredient. It is found naturally in quite high concentration in joints and is a basic building block of certain constituents of cartilage. Glucosamine is important for maintaining elasticity, strength and resilience of cartilage, helping to reduce damage to joints. In such supplements (as with Prime Fifty), it is used in conjunction with chondroitin, also found naturally in joint tissues. The way in which glucosamine works...
Co-Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
This material is naturally occurring co-enzyme present in all our cells and is embedded deep within our cell’s mitochondria, which are the cell’s energy powerhouses. CoQ10 is used to produce energy needed for cell growth, metabolism and maintenance. It is thought to also function as a cell protecting anti-oxidant too, especially with proteins. CoQ10 is being evaluated in studies on heart health but there are many studies which still appear controversial. CoQ10 levels in our cells is also known to reduce...
Milk, whether it is full fat, semi or fully skimmed, contains around 5% lactose, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk. As with normal sugars (which are carbohydrates), it is simply broken down into its basic building blocks (glucose and galactose) and used for energy production. However, some adults have what is called ‘lactose intolerance’ where they find it more difficult to digest and metabolise the lactose. Sometimes this can lead to bloating and discomfort in the stomach....
Chondroitin is found naturally in our joint cartilage and also our various connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It is a very complex and large molecule and plays a key role by absorbing water, adding to the thickness and elasticity of cartilage and its ability to absorb and distribute compressive forces. It is also believed to control the formation of new cartilage by stimulating cells known as chondrocytes. Chondroitin is used quite extensively in combination with glucosamine in joint...
Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM)
This is a far less well known joint ingredient compared with glucosamine and chondroitin. However, it is indeed used in some of the more advanced joint products and there is much evidence that it may have benefits in joints. MSM contains sulphur which is well known as a cross linking agent i.e. it helps to form bridges between molecules thereby giving them extra strength, due to this cross-linking effect. This is not yet totally scientifically proven. However, if this is...
This material is found naturally in our body, mostly in the joints, various connective tissues and also the eyes too. It is also used in its injection form, for those with painful joints, including osteoarthritis, increasing the natural cushion within joint tissue.
Prime Fifty has used this material in its joint product to add to the joint actives already present, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen and its micronutrient support blend.
We all know that a cup of tea or coffee can help us with a ‘pick-me-up’ in the morning. This is mostly due to its caffeine content which tends to stimulate our sense and get us set up for the day. Caffeine is also found naturally in ‘guarana’ which is a green climbing plant and contains around double the level of caffeine of coffee beans. Prime Fifty has used a small amount of caffeine, around the level found in a...
This mineral is involved in some very important areas, all of which are very pertinent to the over 50’s. Firstly manganese will contribute to bone health, alongside calcium, vitamin D, zinc and copper too. It also is an essential contributor to the health of connective tissues so again, highly relevant to joint care and also tendons and ligaments. Though only present as a trace material, it also contributes to the protection of our cells from oxidative damage from free radicals,...
Though only found in trace amount, boron plays a role in bone metabolism and bone health overall. Though no health claims or indeed recommended intake levels have been agreed with this mineral within Europe, it is well known scientifically to be associated with bone structure and composition, hence its inclusion in Prime fifty’s Bone Health product.
Black Pepper extract has been studied by many scientists across the world, and a set of highly relevant studies were completed by one group showing that the inclusion of small amounts of this extract into a micronutrient product could significantly enhance the ‘bio-availability’ of some key actives. The name of this substance is BioPerine and it has also been patented due to its breakthrough properties. These studies have proven that its inclusion significantly increases the absorption of both tested vitamins...