Menopause and Joint Health

Joint pain loves women

Women represent a significantly higher percentage of joint pain sufferers than men. They experience joint discomfort with greater severity. And they usually get hit with joint pain in more areas of the body.

Why?

Several reasons.

First, women have a lower volume of cartilage than men, even when you account for the difference in body mass. When you have proportionately less cartilage to begin with, you’ll notice it more when you lose some.

Second, cartilage breakdown kicks up after menopause. That’s because estrogen has a cartilage-protective effect, and estrogen levels decline sharply after menopause.

But there’s a third reason that should be of concern to all women. No matter what their age. Women appear to break down collagen at an accelerated rate compared with men.

Cartilage and Collagen are the keys

When Type II collagen, the kind that is most abundant in joint cartilage, breaks down, a byproduct called CTX-II is created. The more CTX-II in your system, the more Type II collagen loss you are experiencing. Researchers have found that women have significantly higher levels of CTX-II than men.

That’s why it’s especially important for women to take proactive steps to protect against cartilage degradation. FlexNow® with 100% SheaFlex70™ has been clinically proven to:

  1. Reduce inflammation by 9 times
  2. Improve cartilage retention by 44%
  3. Increase bone retention by 10%
  4. Alleviate pain by 45%

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