Active-8 Product Information
Power Ingredient 1: NEM™
ACTIVE-8™ uses only the best Natural Eggshell Membrane – NEM™ brand Eggshell Membrane from Stratum Nutrition.
NEM™ brand eggshell membrane – the most studied and researched eggshell membrane with 14 published and peer reviewed clinical studies and 4 patents making it the leading scientifically supported eggshell membrane in the world.”
3X the Joint Health in One Powerful Ingredient
NEM™ contains naturally-occurring glycosaminoglycans as well as three varieties of collagen – I, V and X, (collagen makes up much of the cartilage that covers the ends of bones providing protection to the weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips), NEM™ is also a natural source of:
Glucosamine: glucosamine also assists in the manufacture of cartilage, it’s also helpful for reversing cartilage damage because it stimulates the production of synovial fluid in the joint. Synovial fluid acts like nature’s shock absorber naturally lubricating the joints.
Chondroitin: chondroitin is also an important component of cartilage, chondroitin sulfate makes our tendons, cartilage and ligaments stronger reducing compression of the joint area thereby minimizing pain.
Hyaluronic acid: hyaluronic acid, a prominent lubricant found in the synovial fluid.
Calcium: to support joint health, absorbable calcium aids in joint and bone health.
Supporting your cartilage is the key to long-term joint health. More and more health-conscious, active individuals are looking for a natural alternative to reach for – something to use proactively that will not only support joint flexibility quickly, but also ensure their future joint health.
Cartilage causes our bones to be able to glide smoothly over each other in the joint capsule. Arthritis or joint pain can occur from the gradual loss of cartilage.
Maintaining adequate cartilage is the key to eliminating joint pain.
The efficacy studies along with safety studies and an in vitro mechanism of action study are all published in peer-reviewed journals. In one such study Jason Theodosakis, MD, contributing author to the study, explained: “This triple-action NEM™ ingredient contains naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, and glucosamine, as well as three types of collagen, peptides, and amino acids—providing defense for joint health.”
Jason Theodosakis, MD., MS, MPH, FACPM is a board-certified physician, moreover, he is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on arthritis treatment, including the use of a variety of treatments and dietary supplements including but not limited to avocado/soy unsaponifiables (ASU).
While there are many types of eggshell membranes used in joint supplement formulas, ACTIVE-8™ uses only the most researched and patented eggshell membrane, NEM™ brand from Stratum Nutrition.
Power Ingredient 2: AvoVida® – ASU
ACTIVE-8™ uses only the best ASU – AvoVida® brand (Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables) from Bioriginal.
AvoVida® is a research-proven avocado extract found to increase joint space lost from degenerative changes in osteoarthritis. AvoVida® is a blended extract containing avocado and soy unsaponifiables. The proprietary blend consists of physterols from avocado and soy unsaponifiables, including beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and campesterol. This synergistic combination has been clinically shown to have a chondroprotective effect by maintaining a healthy inflammation response, thereby supporting mobility and flexibility in joint cartilage.
At the clinical level, ASU reduces pain and stiffness while improving function in joints, resulting in decreased dependence on analgesics. ASU efficacy and safety during and after treatment have been assessed in various randomized, double-blind, multicenter trials in patients with symptomatic knee or hip OA.
ASU General Information
Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables (ASU) are natural vegetable extracts made from avocado and soybean oils unsaponifiable fractions, which are the oily substances that remain after hydrolysis (saponification) of avocado and soybean oils. The major components of ASU are phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol, which are considered anti-inflammatory compounds with both antioxidant and analgesic activities.
Phytosterols (plant sterols) from ASU preparations are thought to be the primary sources of protective activity for cartilage-producing cells. ASU reduces damage to cartilage by increasing the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycan (aggrecan), and preserves hydroxyproline, the component in collagen that makes it stable. It inhibits MMP3 and other pro-inflammatory signaling molecules.
A study conducted on patients with osteoarthritis of the hip not only found symptomatic improvement, but also determined ASU reduced the rate of progression of arthritis in the joints.
ASU blocks pro-inflammatory chemicals, prevents deterioration of synovial cells, which line joints, and may help regenerate normal connective tissue.
ASU also inhibits cholesterol absorption and endogenous cholesterol biosynthesis, which mediate reactive oxygen species pathology in chondrocytes.
Mechanism of Action:
ASU improves joint function and alleviates joint pain by helping reduce erosion of cartilage. In vitro research indicates several mechanisms of action. ASU increases the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycan (which helps make up the extracellular matrix of connective tissue). It helps preserve hydroxyproline, which promotes collagen stability. It decreases the synthesis of fibronectin, a protein that is elevated in arthritis patients. And it inhibits the release of substances such as metalloproteinases and proinflammatory cytokines, which play a role in the development of osteoarthritis.
Allergy Information – Suitable for People with Seafood Allergies
A number of well-known natural treatments for joint pain, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, are marine-sourced. This is problematic for people who have shellfish allergies or who are vegan. ASU does not trigger shellfish allergies so is a suitable substitute for people who have them. ASU compares favorably with chondroitin for treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms.
Power Ingredient 3: UC-II®
ACTIVE-8™ uses only the best undenatured type II collagen brand available, UC-II® from Inter Health Nutraceuticals Incorporated.
UC-II® collagen is a proprietary form of undenatured collagen that helps stop the enzymatic reactions that lead to joint damage, while supporting your body’s own cartilage-building processes. In other words, UC-II® goes right to the source of joint damage.
Cartilage is one of the primary connective tissues of the body, providing flexibility and support to joints. Undenatured Type II Collagen is the principal structural protein in cartilage that is responsible for its tensile strength and toughness. UC-II® is a patented form of Undenatured (native) Type II Collagen that works with the immune system to support healthy joints.
Our lives are the culmination of a million movements, beginning when we first step out of bed in the morning and continuing until we lie down for a well-deserved rest at night. Our joints empower each and every one of those movements, from exercise to manual labor to cooking dinner for our families. ACTIVE-8™ can help you live a better life by facilitating the rebuilding of joint cartilage that can be damaged as we move through our day.
With today’s ageing population, mobility means much more than just getting from A to B. However, mobility is no longer just a concern that affects seniors, joint health plays a pivotal role in protecting mobility. The cartilage between our joints becomes more susceptible to degradation with time, leading to stiffness, discomfort and, in some cases, osteoarthritis (OA).
UC-II® is a patented undenatured type II collagen which forms part of the Power ingredients in ACTIVE-8™. Collagen is the main structural component of the various connective tissues in humans, including tendons, ligaments, cartilage and skin. Type II collagen makes up 50% of all protein in cartilage and have been studied in relation to joint health.
UC-II® has a unique mode of action that has been shown to initiate cell-signaling cascades that use the body’s natural repair mechanisms in the joints — and therefore plays a role in supporting the rebuilding of cartilage. But how exactly does UC-II undenatured type II collagen support the mobility of knee joints?
When taken orally, it is hypothesized that the intact type II collagen reaches specialized lymphoid follicles found in portions of the small intestine. These areas are known as Peyer’s Patches and form a part of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue.
The Mechanism of Action shows that, once the UC-II undenatured type II collagen makes contact with the Peyer’s Patches, it starts interacting with the immune system. The interaction is with a special class of cell, called a regulatory T-cell, which goes on to produce several regulatory molecules that are transported by the body to the joint.
Upon arrival at the joint, regulatory molecules, called cytokines, induce knee joint resident chondrocytes to begin producing more type II collagen and other constituents that make up the structural matrix of the knee joint.
A significant body of research has shown the ability of UC-II® to support joint health. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, for instance, found that a daily dose of 40 mg of UC-II undenatured type II collagen could support joint comfort in healthy, active adult subjects, regardless of their age group.
UC-II® undenatured type II collagen has also been shown to help improve joint comfort, mobility and flexibility in people with OA as measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC).
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JOINT RELIEF BLEND
Turmeric Root Extract:
Curcumin is one of the most studied natural molecules for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a broad-spectrum ingredient and is the chemical in turmeric that can reduce joint pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. A 2010 clinical trial using a turmeric supplement showed long-term improvement in pain and function in patients with knee OA.
Curcumin helps reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) & treats bursitis. A potent anti-inflammatory, curcumin blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including 5-LOX and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of the drug celecoxib.
Ginger Root Powder:
Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen, the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib and even TNF blockers. The anti-inflammatory properties seem to help relieve pain and improve function for all types of arthritis. The compounds in ginger can function as a COX-2 inhibitor, the same way as common medications for osteoarthritis. One review of 5 studies found that those with osteoarthritis who took ginger had a 30% decrease in pain and a 22% reduction in disability, compared with control groups.
A University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo.
White Willow bark:
The salicylic acid in white willow bark lowers the body’s levels of prostaglandins, hormonelike compounds that can cause aches, pain, and inflammation. While white willow bark takes longer to begin acting than aspirin, its effect may last longer. And, unlike aspirin, it doesn’t cause stomach bleeding or other known adverse effects.
Some arthritis sufferers taking white willow bark have experienced reduced swelling and inflammation, and increased mobility, in the back, knees, hips, and other joints.
White Willow bark contains an ingredient called salicin, which your body makes into another chemical substance called salicylic acid. Similar to acetylsalicylic, salicylic acid reduces the production of certain prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that control your immune system and fight joint inflammation) in your nerves, and this eases pain and discomfort. Willow bark showed anti-inflammatory activity in several laboratory-based studies.
Vitamin C, chemically identified as ascorbic acid, is a well-established anti-oxidant with biological proven tissue-based impacts, such as playing an essential role in collagen formation, one of the main components of cartilage, as well as having broader neurological effects crucial to the maintenance of the skeleton and possibly to its associated tissues and body systems. Moreover, its ability to foster multiple enzymatic processes and decrease inflammation, while influencing bone metabolism favorably is likely to be more helpful than not in preventing or attenuating osteoarthritis disease processes and their negative painful and disabling consequences.
Other research shows vitamin C, an essential cofactor for fostering collagen linkage production, ligament, tendon and bone quality is often present at marginal levels in people with arthritis, especially, if multiple drugs including painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs are being used.
A further body of research implies that the presence of sufficient levels of vitamin C may also promote tendon and muscle collagen synthesis, while improving the antioxidative capacity of the synovial fluid, all possible structural changes that could lower the degree of any existing osteoarthritis pain while decelerating the disease progression.
The active components (Boswellic acids) are powerful anti-inflammatories with analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. It also may help prevent cartilage loss and inhibit the autoimmune process. In a 2008 study, the extract, also known as Loxin 5, significantly improved OA pain and function within seven days. An Indian study also revealed it slowed cartilage damage. Boswellia has been shown to lower the enzyme that stimulates the production of inflammation-causing mediators in the body. Clinical studies have shown that boswellia extracts improve pain symptoms more than a placebo in people with osteoarthritis.
Conclusion: Boswellia serrata extract reduced pain and improved physical functioning significantly in osteoarthritis patients; and it is safe for human consumption. 5-Loxin may exert its beneficial effects by controlling inflammatory responses through reducing proinflammatory modulators, and it may improve joint health by reducing the enzymatic degradation of cartilage in osteoarthritis patients.
Abstract: Osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative joint disease that begins asymptomatically in middle age with progressive symptoms in advancing age. Majority of people by the age 40 years may develop osteoarthritis, especially in weight bearing joints. Females are prone with 25% prevalence, whereas males have a prevalence of 16%. In the present study, 56 patients fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of osteoarthritis, divided into two groups. After a course of therapy for 2 months, symptomatic improvement was observed in both the groups at various levels with promising results in the patients of first group.
Other ingredients: Organic sugar, citric acid, natural flavors, guar gum, beta-carotene (for color), rebaudioside A, silica, beet root (for color) and monk fruit extract.
ALLERGEN WARNING: Contains Soy and Egg
Directions: Once daily mix 1 scoop in 8 fl oz of cold water.
®NEM is a trademark of ESM Technologies, LLC and is registered in the United States and other countries.
UC-II® is a Lonza trademark
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UNCONDITIONAL SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Why Offer a Guarantee?
We Believe: We spent 2+ years developing this formula and we know you’ll see results, it’s as simple as that. The science and clinical testing support safety and results.
We Understand: We know that this industry is filled with inflated promises and we want to take all the risk off of you.
We Care: If ACTIVE-8™ doesn’t change your life, we don’t want you to pay for it. Putting people first is the forefront of our mission as a company.
Our manufacturing facility is FDA approved and adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for supplement manufacturers. Our process guarantees the potency, purity and quality:
1. Patented & trademark ingredients used have been shown to be effective in clinical trials.
2. Patented & trademark ingredients match the levels used in clinical trials.
3. We only use proven suppliers.
4. All ingredients are lab-tested to ensure safety and potency.
Every bottle is immediately sealed after manufacturing and is marked with an expiration date to ensure freshness and potency.
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