Joint wear due to ageing process
By the age of 40, our bodies only produce about 40% hyaluronic acid, and by the time we reach 60 it is only 10%. By the age of 60, the body’s own production of collagen is reduced to approx. 30% of its original capacity.
MSM is an organosulphur compound. Sulphur can be found in food which is high in protein like eggs, dairy products, fish or meat. In fact, our bodies contain five times more sulphur than magnesium and 40 times more sulphur than iron. Sulphur is contained in practically every cell of our body. It serves as construction material for hormones, enzymes and amino acids. And sulphur-containing amino acids in turn, help to build up our bodies protein, protein itself being most important for the production of collagen. Sulphur is a nutrient which cannot be produced by the body itself but which has to be taken up with food.
Our joints are mostly made up of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronan is the main component of synovial fluid. The synovial fluid prevents the cartilage from drying out, thus preventing it from friction and abrasion. Up to 70% of joint cartilage consists of collagen.
Hyaluronan: The main component of synovial fluid
Hyaluronan is the main component of synovial fluid. It is very viscous and has a high molecular weight, i.e. its consistency is not as thin as water but thick and sticky, like runny honey. The synovial fluid nourishes the joint cartilage (trophic), lubricates the bearing area of the joints and, together with the cartilage, act as shock absorber for the joints.