Articular cartilage covers the ends of our bones, while joints like the knees also have an additional cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones. Cartilage is primarily made up of collagen fibers, glycol proteins, and proteoglycans. The structural integrity of human cartilage is continually going through a cycle of building up & breaking down. In other words, our bodies need to be building cartilage at the same rate as its wearing down in order to maintain healthy joints. Again a balance is the key. When a joint begins to wear out, we know that either the breakdown of cartilage has increased or the production of cartilage is decreased.
The osteoarthritis is an inflammatory disease is a well known fact. If you observe anyone with arthritic hands, you can actually see how inflamed and swollen the joints of the fingers & hands become. Have you ever wondered what exactly is causing the inflammation and how this leads to damage of the cartilage? The answer is a multifaceted one, because there are actually several sources for inflammation that occur within the joint and this will be explained in details in our few articles including prevention & treatment through cellular nutrition.