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Eggshell Membrane and Fish Oil Supplement Found To Help Improve Joint Health

Eggshell membranes, the thin film lining the insides of eggshells, are composed of major joint constituents, including chondroitin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and other proteins. A recent study suggests that supplementation with eggshell membrane and fish oil may help improve joint discomfort and stiffness.

Eighty-five healthy adults with an average age of 55 participated in the study. They were given 500 mg of eggshell membrane and 1,500 mg of fish oil or a placebo daily for 14 days. They performed an aerobic step exercise program on alternating days for 2 weeks. The researchers measured levels of urinary CTX-II, a marker of cartilage degradation, at one week and two weeks. Participants completed a questionnaire that evaluated pain and stiffness scores before exercise, immediately after exercise, and 12 hours after exercise.

The researchers found that participants in the supplement group had statistically significant reductions in levels of CTX-II of 12.9% after 1 week and 17.7% after 2 weeks. Participants in the placebo group saw a 5.3% increase in CTX-II levels after 2 weeks.

Participants in the supplement group had 28.6% less joint pain immediately after exercise and 46.7% less joint pain 12 hours after exercise. They also had significantly improved levels of stiffness immediately after and 12 hours after exercise compared to the placebo group.

The study was conducted by researchers from the KD Pharma Group and ESM Technologies. It was published in the June 2020 edition of the International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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