As consumers age, joint health products are in higher demand for managing conditions like joint function and mobility. U.S. consumers spend approximately $128 billion on products for joint comfort-related issues every year, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Although baby boomers make up most of the joint health market, recent trends have shown that athletes and younger demographics are looking for a joint health supplement that will help maintain their joint health.
Improved joint health with UC-II®
According to a Natural Products Insider report from 2013, the joint health market is larger than the bone health market in the United States and Europe. New ingredients are growing in popularity, such as InterHealth's UC-II® undenatured type II collagen, which has been effectively shown to increase joint comfort. This type of collagen is used to support joint health and flexibility.
In today's joint health market, shoppers are becoming more aware of the science behind products they purchase. They're looking for ingredients that are substantiated by credible research, while at the same time convenient to take on a regular basis.
Benefits of using joint supplements
UC-II® was found to increase joint comfort in healthy people in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Participants supplementing with UC-II experienced:
-Significant improvement in knee extension compared to placebo
-Faster post-workout recovery compared to baseline
-Increase in workout time before experiencing joint discomfort compared to baseline
This study corroborates 2009 findings, published in International Journal of Medical Sciences, that showed increased benefits in joint health in humans. The research solidifies claims for existing UC-II-containing products and broadens the application of UC-II for joint-health claims in the sports nutrition market. The healthy subjects in this study represent the perfect population for dietary supplements.
Joint health products to consider
UC-II can be a beneficial ingredient for a wide variety of joint health and sports nutrition products. Here are just a few examples of products that improve fitness sessions and post-workout recovery:
-Protein joint recovery bars
-Sports hydration drinks
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.