Our joints are complex mechanisms put under strain by continuous movement. Over time, the cartilage that covers it gradually wears: this leads to the onset of pain and stiffness, increasingly more intense as the years pass, affecting various areas of the body. The crucial element as to how arthrosis progresses consists in the gradual wear of the cartilage of the joint lining, much like a ‘shock absorber’ for its mechanical function or a ‘sponge’. Its wear leads to contact between opposing bone surfaces, causing inflammation and painful stiffness.
Some medicinal plants (Devil’s claw, Boswellia, Meadowsweet) and a few nutritional supplements (palmitoylethanolamide or PEA, hydrolysed native collagen, collagen, manganese, vitamin C) perform a protective action on joints and are protective to joint cartilage.