Collagen Type II (CTII) has been suggested to offer significant benefits for some types of arthritis. The word ‘arthritis’ is Latin, from Greek ‘arthro’ (joint) and ‘itis’ (inflammation). This very broad definition covers a lot of ailments, but says nothing about the causes. The forms of arthritis that most of us are familiar with are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis
is usually caused by over-use, abuse, and injury. It is by far the most common form of arthritis. It is known that merely the aging process, and so many years of gravity working on the weight-bearing joints, is a major contributor to this type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is not considered an autoimmune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis) in which the body attacks itself as it would a foreign invader.
(RA) is the most well known of the autoimmune types of arthritis. In the case of RA, the collagen in the joints is attacked. Though many sufferers notice that the problem gradually gets worse over the years (as they would for osteoarthritis), many experience a sudden ‘flare-up’ after a particular illness, often times a viral infection.
Depending on the particular type of arthritis you experience, CTII goes to work in different ways. If you suffer from RA, CTII acts as an oral tolerization agent, instructing the body to stop the immune response to the collagen in the joints. This natural response is the way that our bodies remain relatively free from immune or allergic reactions to most of the foods we eat. If we did not have this ability, we would eventually starve.
For those suffering from osteoarthritis, CTII provides the critical building blocks that restore a healthy state to the cartilage in the joints. CellRenew is made from chicken sternal cartilage that contains the highest level of naturally occurring anti-inflammatory proteoglycans (Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate A) of any other material tested, including shark cartilage. It is important to note that the combination of the proteoglycans and the Collagen Type II proteins not only protect the cartilage, but also provide the building blocks required to rebuild lost cartilage to restore the joint to a normal state.