Important update regarding dosage 5th September 2018.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has determined that products containing glucosamine (as Pro-Joints), with a level of base glucosamine equal to or greater than 1178mg/day, will now be considered to be medicines.
As a result of the above, due to the high glucosamine content in our Pro-Joints we have been forced to introduce a 5 capsule a day maximum dose.
What does the above mean?
Firstly, glucosamine at above this new maximum level would not be harmful.
MHRA want a ‘clear space’ between the ‘pharmacological dose’ found in licensed medicines and the level found in food supplements. On the basis 1178mg Glucosamine (base) is seen as a ‘pharmacological dose’, a food supplement must provide a level which is below this and therefore has a health maintenance rather than pharmacological function.
In summary, licensed products containing glucosamine could be far more expensive and supplied through pharmacies and/or doctors.
We are questioning who is benefiting from this legislation change. It is not us as supplement company and it’s certainly not the customer/patient in being pushed towards potentially higher priced licensed products. That just leaves the pharmaceutical industry and MHRA.
It does, however, prove that glucosamine at the correct levels, as per Pro-Joints does work.
PRO-JOINTS INGREDIENTS EXPLAINED
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin are naturally found in the joints of the body but not normally found in natural food sources,
- Glucosamine is a building block of cartilage and joint tissue. It is the basis of the synthesis of several important macromolecules including glycoproteins, glycolipids and glycosaminoglycans. These macromolecules can be found in the synovial fluid, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles.Chondroitin is the tough connective tissue within joints.
- MSM is a natural form of organic sulphur and one of the major building blocks of glycosaminoglycans, a key component of cartilage.
- Hyaluronic Acid is a glyosaminoglycan which is distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial and neural tissues.
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage, as well as the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Vitamin C has the following ‘EFSA’ Approved Claims.
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage.