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Factor Five: Osteo X

Arthritis Support Formulation, Pain reliever & Anti-inflammatory

"Arthritis" is a general term more than 100 different manifestations of connective tissue disease. Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems in the United States, affecting nearly 40 million people.

Osteoarthrits... the most common form of arthritis affecting over 21 million Americans, including 80% of people over 50 years of age.1 It is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage covering the ends of bones in the weight -bearing joints begins to breakdown and wear out causing pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis... a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the synovial membranes of the joints. The fluid that lubricates the joint can grow inflamed which causes damage to the cartilage and bone, resulting in pain and swelling. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 2.1 million Americans, mostly women.

Causes of Arthritis

Modern theory suggests that osteoarthritis may be caused by nutritional deficiencies to the chondrocytes, which are cells in joint tissue that make cartilage.

It is well established that patients recovering from bone fractures require 25% more calories than normal. In cases of major tissue damage and inflammation, the calorie need goes up by 30 to 55 percent.2

Studies of osteoarthrits indicate that cellular and tissue response to this disease is purposeful and aimed at repair of the damaged joint structure. Based upon such analysis, it appears the process contributing to osteoarthritis may be stopped and even sometimes reversed.3

Factor Five: Osteo-X provides specific nutrient building blocks in the correct proportion and bone ends. These nutrients include vitamins B-6, C and D together with the minerals calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper and boron to enhance chondrocyte protein synthesis.

The key to the effectiveness of any nutritional product is its ability to be easily absorbed and assimilated by the human body. Although cartilage extracts, such as chondroitin sulfate, sea cucumber and shark cartilage are popular nutritional supplements, they are composed of large, complex molecules which are extremely difficult for the body to absorb.

While the cause of Rheumatoid arthritis remain unknown, what is known is that individuals with RA have increased intestinal permeability to dietary and bacterial antigens as well as alterations in bacterial flora. 4

Although there is no cure for RA, several diet and nutritional therapies can help to reduce the symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

Factor Five: Osteo-X contains the anti-inflammatory agents zinc gluconate, ginger root, papain and bromelain which inhibit the body's production of prostaglandins, substances which accumulate in joint and cause serious pain and inflammaion.5 Additionally, the product incorporates glycyrrhizin ~ a saponon which exhibits a cortisone-like effect without the dangers associate with steroids6 and copper lysinate, shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects against RA.7

Methyl sulfonyl methane, commonly known as MSM, has recently been touted for use against inflammatory conditions, however, no clinical studies reporting the benefits of MSM on arthritis have been published to date. MSM gained rapid popularity following actor James Coburn's statement that it alleviated his RA discomfort.

Conventional Medicine's Failure

Despite the progress made to date in understanding how arthritis begins and progresses, most conventional medical treatment still ignores prevention of this crippling disease. Many doctors continue to focus on reducing the symptoms of painful and aching joints while neglecting the nutrients that can protect vulnerable areas of the body.

For arthritis sufferers, the average MD hands out pain killers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) These include aspirin, ibuprofen and fenoprofen. Such are associated with side effects including, gastric distress, ulcers, headaches and dizziness.

Another side effect of NSAIDs usually not mentioned is their inhibition of cartilage repair, acceleration of cartilage destruction and drying out of bone joints.8 In short, while NSAID’s appear fairly effective in suppressing the symptoms, they worsen the condition!

Factor Five: Osteo-X employs the natural pain relievers DL-Phenylalanine and wintergreen extract to provide safe relief from both joint and back pain.

Prevention is the Key

The National Institutes of health states most Americans are calcium poor; however, women in general and pregnant women specifically need to take a calcium based supplement as do most athletes and bodybuilders.


Only 2% of the nation's female population between the ages of 15 and 18 consume enough calcium to avoid osteoporosis later in life.9

Osteoporosis ~ or porous bones ~ is a disease characterized by excessive loss of bone mass resulting in increased fractures, loss of height, pain in the hip and back, and spinal curvatures.

Calcium is essential in numerous roles such as cardiac function, which are more urgent for survival than bone density. If the raw materials necessary for bone production (primarily calcium and vitamin D) are in short supply, bone density will be sacrificed.

Factor Five: Osteo-X supplies the necessary calcium and vitamin D to maintain bone integrity. Additionally, the product maintains the proper balance of magnesium which has been shown to increase the strength of athletes almost 30% more than the placebo group. 10

A Joint Effort!

Keeping lean and fit can significantly drop your arthritis risk and even ameliorate the disease. The Center for Disease Control has found that overweight people are 30% more apt to develop arthritis than their thinner counterparts.



  1. Statistics from National Arthritis foundation, Jan. 2000
  2. Souba, WW, et al, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 7th Ed., Lea & Febiget, Phil, PA, pp. 1306-36, 1988
  3. Bland, JH, et al, Sem Arthr Rheum, v. 14, pp. 106-33, 1984
  4. Segal, AW, et al, British Journal of Rheumatology, v. 25, pp. 162-6, 1986
  5. J of Arthritis Rheum, v. 41, (supl 198) 1998
  6. Finney, SK, et al., J of Parm and Pharmocdynamics, v. 10, no. 10, pp. 614-20, 1958
  7. Wiker, WR, et al., Agents of Action, v. 4, pp. 454-59, Jul, 1976
  8. Brooks, PM et al., Journal Rheumatoid, v. 9. P. 3-5, 1982
  9. Shaw, LK, Pharmacy Times, "Patient Counseling", p. 36, Jan 2000
  10. Brilla, L., Et al., J of the American College of Nutrition, v. 11, pp. 324-9, 1992