The sharp increase in those suffering joint pain is alarming. In 2002, according to Time magazine, there were 20 million Americans who had been diagnosed with arthritis. Just ten years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 50 million Americans, that’s 1 in 5 of the total population, now have doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects the cartilage which is a natural shock absorber. It is caused when the cartilage, which allows bones to glide over each other, breaks down and wears away causing pain, reduced movement and swelling of the affected joint. It is most common in older people, those who are overweight, have had joint injury or have hammered their joints in sport.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain and limited movement of the affected joint. Doctors treat all types of joint pain with painkillers which alleviate the symptoms, but do not treat the cause of the pain – inflammation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and Aleve are commonly prescribed. However, if taken over a long period of time, these painkillers can increase blood pressure, damage the liver and kidneys and eat away at the stomach lining causing ulcers.

What is Flex19™?
After years of research, The Institute for Vibrant Living has developed a formula of 19 different natural ingredients which act on the affected joint by feeding it, reducing swelling and removing metabolic waste from the joint. With less inflammation and pain, patients are able to exercise once again, building joint strength and further improving flexibility.

The nutrients not only reduce the symptoms, they also promote joint repair and rebuild the connective tissue. They protect the cartilage from further destruction by lubricating the joint and increasing blood flow and powerful antioxidants defend the joints from damaging free radicals.

Although it sounds like magic, Flex19™ is actually very scientifically based, balancing a range of known anti-inflammatory compounds that work together for maximum relief. Glucosamine sulphate is a key ingredient, known to relieve joint pain, increase flexibility and build new cartilage. Another well-known natural ingredient, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) works with the glucosamine to increase blood flow and balance the pH to neutralize further destruction. Birch Bark is used as an anti-inflammatory along with bromelain and CMO (Cetyl myristoleate).

Boswellia improves blood flow within the joints and boosts flexibility alongside Green-lipped Mussel which works to improve cartilage structure. Sea Cucumber also promotes cartilage repair while Yucca Root acts as a natural lubricant in the joint.

Celery Seed Extract works to reduce the inflammation and therefore lowers swelling and pain. Two further powerful ingredients are Devil’s Claw Root Extract and White Willow Bark, nature’s answer to NSAIDS but without the side effects.

Curcumin helps blocks metabolic pathways that cause pain while increasing the production of cortisone to fight inflammation. It works with Feverfew Extract which slows down the production of the body’s histamine that plays a key role in how pain is transmitted.

Another natural ingredient, Ginger Root Extract targets COX-2, the enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain. Goldenrod is another treasure, particularly known for relieving muscle spasms. For antioxidant benefits, Grape Seed Extract is a powerful bioflavonoid. To remove the waste products from the joint, the powerful fruit enzyme Papain is used.