Volume 3, Issue 27
July 22, 2010
How your fingernails can predict your arthritis risk
Are you worried that you might develop arthritis as you age? What if I told you there's an easy way to keep tabs on your joints — and a simple way to prevent arthritis from developing?
To keep tabs on your joints, all you have to do is watch your fingernails. If they begin to show signs of change — for instance, they become weaker or brittle — then you need to take action. You see, your fingernails are made from protein. And these same proteins build cartilage in your joints. So it's very possible the change in your fingernails is a warning sign that your joints are in trouble.
Fortunately, strengthening your fingernails and rebuilding your cartilage isn't difficult. You've probably heard of glucosamine sulfate. It's a very effective treatment for osteoarthritis. Here's why. Glucosamine sulfate is essentially an amino sugar. Your body uses it to make proteins and lipids.
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Studies suggest that a glucosamine deficiency can cause osteoarthritis. The deficiency occurs because your body is genetically unable to make glucosamine in sufficient amounts. If this is true of you, it's possible glucosamine could help your arthritis. One study showed that 1,000-1,500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate per day is optimum. With this dose, people with osteoarthritis typically see less pain and swelling within four to six weeks.
So how does this affect your fingernails? Since a lack of glucosamine hinders your body's ability to make proteins, it makes sense that it's just as good for fingernails as it is for joints.
A recent letter in The Lancet medical journal reported on the use of glucosamine sulfate in arthritis also connected it to fingernails? According to the researcher, Dr. Swinburne, glucosamine sulfate had a powerful effect on fingernail and toenail growth rate. He noted that the toughness of the nails increased. And in some cases, the nails grew three times faster.
The reason for his findings is probably due to the sulfur content of glucosamine sulfate.ÿ Sulfur is an important mineral for the fingernails, hair, and skin. It concentrates especially in fingernails. Studies have also shown that other sulfur-containing molecules, such as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and the amino acids cysteine, methionine, and taurine have similar effects.
If you're looking for a great glucosamine product to ease arthritis pain — and potentially strengthen your fingernails, try Advanced Joint Support from Advanced Bionutritionals.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Swinburne, L. M. Glucosamine sulphate and osteoarthritis [letter]. The Lancet,ÿ 357:1617, 2001.
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