Question: I have been reading about a product called StimTein that uses “Bone Activating Proteins” to help make joints stronger. I don’t experience a lot of joint pain right now, but I have noticed that I’m getting stiffer more often after exercising strenuously. Are these proteins safe to use?
Answer: StimTein is one of the only products widely available that uses these morphogenetic – or “bone activating” – proteins. While the makers of the product claim that they are superior to the more commonly used Glucosamine/Chondroitin combination, they do not present a lot of clinical evidence to back this up. All that is known about StimTein is that is does contain ‘Bone Activating Proteins’ although the amount contained per dose is not provided. The proteins, in addition to building new, strong bone cartilage, may also have an anti-inflammatory effect which is vital to reducing pain and swelling.
While addressing the issue of rebuilding and repairing damaged cartilage is important, an all-round beneficial joint pain medication should also include lubricating substances and anti-inflammatories. Hyaluronic acid is important in the production of synovial fluid, the substance that surrounds the bone and cartilage providing protection and acting as a shock absorber. Other lubricating ingredients such as Omega 3 fatty acids are effective and can be found in certain fish and nuts, for example. Some herbs and botanicals have been shown to reduce inflammation effectively including rutin, trypsin, boswellian and bromelain.
There are numerous choices in the joint support category containing vastly different formulations. You should do your research on the different formulas prior to making your choice. You will find not all products are created equal. You should find one that contains the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively effect change and relief of pain.