Research shows that by supplying the body with natural substances that inhibit cartilage breakdown and promote cartilage repair, damaged cartilage can be replaced by healthy new cartilage. These effects have been confirmed with electron micrography. (1,2) As raw materials needed for repairing and rebuilding connective tissues, glucosamine, chondroitin and methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) are recognized as effective supplements for joint and connective tissue health. These substances are the major components in Joint Relief by Oktis® Nutrition.
Chondroitin sulfate allows cells in tissues to adhere to one another and gives joints their strength and resilience. Its basic structure is a long chain of alternating glucuronic acid and glucosamine sulfate. (3) The ingredients in Joint Relief, formulated by Dr. Steven M. Sitko, D.C. has comparable effectiveness to celecoxib (Celebrex) in reducing pain, stiffness, functional limitation and joint swelling/effusion after 6 months in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, with a good safety profile (no known side-effects, toxicity in Joint Relief similar to water). (7)
The ingredients in Joint Relief, formulated by Dr. Steven M. Sitko, D.C. resulted in a significant reduction in JSN (Joint Space Narrowing) at 2 years. (8) Clinical trials using chondroitin sulfate demonstrate improved joint function and mobility, reduced pain and inflammation and an actual reversal of joint degeneration as detected by radiographs. This reversal includes improvements in the volume and quantity of joint connective matrix and synovial fluid. (6)
In a 3-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 212 osteoarthritic patients reported in The Lancet, patients given the placebo had progressive joint-space narrowing (as shown by radiographs) and their symptoms worsened. Symptoms improved in the glucosamine group and there was no significant joint-space narrowing. (4)
Glucosamine is also involved in the formation of the nails, tendons, eyes, bones, ligaments and heart valves. It also contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts.
MSM is an excellent source of useable organic sulfur, one of the most important raw materials for building healthy new cells. One of its most significant uses as a supplement is its demonstrated ability to relieve pain and inflammation. (5) Joint Relief by Oktis® Nutrition also contains vitamins C and E which are well known antioxidants.
1. Bucci L, Pain Free, The Summit Group.
2. Pizzorno J, "Natural Medicine Approach to Treating Osteoarthritis", Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Jan/Feb, 1995; 93-95.
3. Ettienne R, "Glucosamine Sulfate vs. Chondroitin Sulfate" and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) a Powerful Antioxidant, Nutrient Express, Fall, 1993
4. Reginster J, et al, "Long term effects of glucosamine sulfate on osteoarthrosis progression: a randomised placebocontrolled clinical trial", The Lancet; 357: 251-56, 2001
5. Jacob S, Lawrence R, Zucker M, The Miracle of MSM, GP Putnams's Sons, New York, NY, 1999
6. "Chondroitin Sulfate - Cartilage Compound Confounds Joint Problems" HCN, Spring/Summer, 1997
7. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, January, 2015 report
8. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, December, 2015 report
There are more than 400 different species of bacteria that reside in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, a total of 100 trillion bacteria that would stretch 50,000 miles if placed end to end. Flora, also called good bacteria, are one of the most important components of a healthy gut. Antibiotics, diuretics, antacids, pain killers, anti-cholesterol medications, oral contraceptives and other medicines can destroy beneficial flora in the gut. Flora are essential for proper body function. Flora in the gut help develop out intestinal immune system. Researchers are now calling the intestine the primary immune organ in the body. (1) Numerous studies and decades of clinical use have proven that the use of flora alone will often result in significant improvement or even resolution of many bowl problems. (2) Lack of flora in the gut may pre-dispose individuals to problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, nervous stomach, acid reflux, spastic colon, diverticulitis, gas and bloating, ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue, vitamin deficiencies, diarrhea and food allergies.
The gut, the skin and the respiratory tract are the only direct connections our body has to the outside world. A problem in the gut can allow toxins, bacteria and viruses to enter into the bloodstream. These irritants may cause inflammation throughout the body and result in impaired awareness, speech, thinking and behavior. Often times, people suffering from irritability, joint pain and depression also complain of gut related problems. If you expect to achieve optimum health and healing capacity, itís imperative to have a robust and healthy colonization of bacteria in your bowel.
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In one clinical trial, probiotics provided relief in 77% of patients with ulcerative colitis. Of the 34 individuals treated, 26 experienced improvement, with most of those experiencing complete remission. Only three patients found their condition worsened. (2)
1. Science 01;292(5519) :1115-1118 (Trends Microbiol 04;12(3) :129-134) (Am J Clin Nutr 03;78(4) :675-683. 2. (Am J Gastroenterol 05;100(7) : 1539-1546)
The B complex vitamins are important for proper blood formation, circulation, digestion, nerve function, food metabolism, memory and mental function, energy, growth, muscle function, fetal development and other body functions. (4)
Deficiencies of the B vitamins can result in increased inflammation and stress on your heart and circulatory system, skin and eye disorders, sinus and allergy problems, headaches, memory loss, insomnia, depression, dizziness, irritability, liver and gallbladder problems and other health related problems. (4)
The B vitamins help to keep homocysteine levels under control. There is a strong link between even moderately elevated blood levels of homocysteine and heart disease. (3)
The B vitamins help inhibit the release of histamines and other inflammatory substances to help relieve sinus and allergy symptoms. (2)
Everyday stress, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, nicotine and a host of everyday medications such as antacids, aspirin, beta-blockers, diuretics, digitalis preparations, oral contraceptives, penicillin, corticosteroids and others all deplete the B vitamins from your body. (5)
People with Alzheimer's disease tend to have low levels of B12 and zinc in their bodies. (1)
The B complex has even been shown to ward off pesky mosquitos and gnats.
The B vitamins are water soluble. We do not store B vitamins. As such, you should supplement B vitamins daily. Excess B vitamins will be flushed out of your body and turn the color of your urine a deeper yellow/orangish color. This is normal.
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1. Hattersley J, High-dose vitamin B12 for at-home prevention and reversal of Alzheimer's disease and other diseases, Townsend Letter, May 2006.
2. Murray M, Pizorno J, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA 1991.
3. Homocysteine, B-vitamin status and cognitive decline, Nutrition Research Newsletter, Aug. 2004
4. Oh R, Vitamin B12 deficiency, American Family Physician, March 2003.
5. PDR for Nutritional Supplements, Medical Economics, Montvale, NJ 2001.
When it comes to the functions of any of the B complex vitamins, energy production is the prime function. B vitamins for energy include Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, biotin, Vitamin B12 and folic acid. It also includes choline, an essential nutrient for production of cell membranes.
Vitamin B1 and B2 are essential vitamins for normal energy production and healthy nervous system. Vitamin B3 works by regulating healthy glucose metabolism and modulating cholesterol levels. Vitamin B6 and B12 together perform the function of maintaining the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerve cells and helps by enhancing the speed of signals to and from the brain. Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B9 work in synergy to produce excitatory neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA that aid in regulating mood. The deficiency of these three vitamins often lead to birth defects, cardiovascular diseases, depression and dementia.
Choline and biotin are two of the hidden B vitamins. Most of the time, these vitamins are ignored, but they also play a major role in contributing to energy production. Choline is a vitamin that is required by the body to produce cell membranes and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is the one that affects memory and plays a vital role in improving brain cells. Biotin helps in metabolizing amino acids, fats and carbohydrates.
Nutrition Vitamin B supplements are used as food supplements to promote the release of energy by breaking down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The B vitamins help inhibit the release of histamines and other inflammatory substances to help relieve sinus and allergy symptoms. (2)
Everyday stress, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, nicotine and a host of everyday medications such as antacids, aspirins, beta-blockers, diuretics, digitalis preparations, oral contraceptives, penicillin, corticosteroids and others all deplete the B vitamins from your body. (3) People with Alzheimerís disease tend to have low levels of B12 and zinc in their bodies. (1)
The B complex has even been shown to ward off pesky mosquitos and gnats!
The B vitamins are water soluble. We do not store B vitamins. As such, you should supplement B vitamins daily. Excess B vitamins will be flushed-out by your body and turn the color of your urine a deeper yellow/orangish color. This is normal.
All the B complex group support the adrenal glands. Deficiencies in any one of these vitamins may cause fatigue and lack of energy, as they work in concert.
It is important to make sure that you have an adequate amount of all of them. This is actually quite hard to do as levels of vitamin B group are actually falling in common foods.
Does our food contain enough Vitamin B group?
It seems that levels of vitamin B are falling in the general food supply. Vitamin B12, in particular, is found to be markedly less in animal liver than in the 1960's. It contained 112 milligrams per 100 grams then, but it appeared to contain almost zero by the 1990's. Likewise, beef heart, has fallen from 14 milligrams per gram in the 1960's to around 2 milligrams per gram thirty years later. The vitamin B12, which was in eggs and Swiss cheese back then, seems to have all but disappeared by now.
The reason for this decline appears to be two-fold:
1) Farming methods have changed, and far more chemicals are used agriculturally, particularly pesticides and fertilizers
2) Antibiotics are overused and misused in animal husbandry. As the B group is a product of bacterial fermentation, antibiotics alter the metabolism of it and destroy its potency.
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1. Hattersley J, High-dose vitamin B12 for at-home prevention and reversal of Alzheimer's disease and other diseases. Townsend Letter, May 2006
2. Murray M Pizomo J. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1991
3. PDR for Nutritional Supplements, Medical Economics, Montvale, NJ 2001
Compare the ingredients of OKTIS® to the 5-Hour Energy Shot, OKTIS® Energy does not contain caffeine. OKTIS® Energy is a 2-capsule dose.
Oktis Energy & Nutrition (2 caps)
5-Hour Energy Shot (1.93 oz.)
|Average Cost = 44 cents per dose||Average Cost = $1.63 per dose|
|Niacin= 100 mg||Niacin= 30 mg|
|Vitamin B6= 100 mg||Vitamin B6= 40 mg|
|Folic Acid= 800 mcg||Folic Acid= 400 mcg|
|B12= 120 mcg||B12= 500 mcg|
|Sodium= 0||Sodium= 18 mg|
|B1= 100 mg||B1= 0 mg|
|B2= 100 mg||B2= 0 mg|
|Biotin= 100 mcg||Biotin= 0 mcg|
|B5= 200 mg||B5= 0 mg|
|Choline Bitartrate= 100 mg||Choline Bitartrate= 0 mg|
|PABA= 100 mg||PABA= 0 mg|
|Inositol= 50 mg|
Energy Blend= 0 mg
|Inositol= 0 mg|
Energy Blend= 1870 mg
|Caffeine= 0||Caffeine= 100 mg|
*1 Not including applicable taxes, shipping and handling.
*2 Not including applicable taxes, shipping and handling and price based on Energy Tin 12 pack as of 10-30-18. Convenience store price typically $3.29 or higher.
"The shots tend to have about as much caffeine as regular energy drinks, and it's the caffeine that provides most of the kick, experts say. Because of that, nutritionists urge caution, especially for those who also drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks." Read more HERE.
“B complex vitamins are very important for the health and proper functioning of the body. In addition to helping the body produce energy and maintain cellular functions, the B vitamins can also improve the appearance of the hair and skin, speed up chemical reactions in cells and help fight infection and protect the body against disease.” Read more HERE.
OKTIS® Nutrition has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.