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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How the animal kingdom helps to keep us healthy

From the humble snail to the fearsome shark, the animal world is an unlikely - but ever-increasing - source of medical solutions to our health problems. Here are just some of the creatures that scientists have discovered can help us...

A compound found in green-lipped mussels called eicosatetraenoic acid is now being used to treat joint pain. The joint-healing properties of the mussels were first noticed more than 100 years ago by Maoris in New Zealand. Research later found the compound has anti-inflammatory actions which can be more potent than painkillers. Available as a pill called Regenovex (£29.99, www.

A molecule from shark cartilage called chondroitin can help fight joint pain and arthritis, by helping to make cartilage elastic, as well as blocking enzymes which break it down. Chondroitin also helps the body produce new cartilage. Supplements may also prevent the progression of osteoarthritis.

Collagen - a protein that connects tissues in the skin and muscles - sourced from cows may ease joint pain by helping to lower substances in the blood known as rheumatoid factor and tumor necrosis factor. Bovine collagen gathers in joints, stimulating the cartilage cells to produce more collagen. Available in supplements such as Flexeze Fortify (£29.95, www.goldshield.

The growing part of a stag's antlers, known as deer velvet, may relieve joint pain. Researchers at the University of Alberta discovered that nutrients such as calcium in the velvet could reduce inflammation and make human cartilage more elastic. Available as a supplement. (£28, www.velvet

The healing powers of snail slime on skin and broken bones was discovered by snail farmers in Chile. The deposits contain substances such as allantoin, collagen and elastin which are used by the snails to repair their shells. Available in a gel form in products such as De Tuinen Snail Gel. (£20.45, holland

Silkworms produce the enzyme serrapeptase, which can digest inflammatory tissue or dead tissue in humans. A study by the German State Hospital in Ulm investigated the effect of serrapeptase on postoperative swelling and pain. Patients who received the treatment experienced a 50 per cent decrease in swelling in the three days after surgery. Now available in supplements such as Solaray Serrapeptase, (£14.99,


nur said...

good info here..


sop said...

nice info.. thx

Jiji-Fify said...

snails tu macam alien!! :O

Dhana/戴安娜 said...

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the bert said...

the world is just awesome

Hidup aku... said...


Sumandak Kinabalu said...

Creepy creature but thanks to them ^ ^

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teddyuna said...

suke tgok shark tu,.. ouh..XD

AngahSayang2314 said...

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Fontonk said...

Aku nak bela ikan jerung, dapat makan fin dia free. haha

singgah sini,