Given that Flexi-Smart is one of the most popular products in the SuperSmart catalogue, it was important to improve the formulation still further and ensure it reflected the latest scientific advances. It still contains standardised extracts of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables, the benefits of which are widely-recognised for joint problems as a whole, whether as a result of osteoarthritis or inflammation. But it now also contains hyaluronic acid, a gel that lubricates the joints and helps relieve the pain of arthritis.
Avocado and Soybean
These substances extracted from avocado and soybean – the unsaponifiable fraction of their oils – are particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis of the knee or hip. They are powerful anti-inflammatories (due to the presence of beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol) and also have antioxidant and analgesic properties. Their high phytosterol content (more than 30% of their composition) means they are able to combat the inflammatory effects of 1-beta interleukins which are responsible for pain.
In clinical studies, they have been shown to produce an improvement in joint function and a reduction in pain, as well as in the need for anti-inflammatory drugs, with no unwelcome side-effects. In animal studies, they were able to regenerate cartilage cells, preventing the adverse development of arthritic phenomena.
Traditionally used during religious ceremonies to induce a state conducive to meditation, prayer and spiritual experience (renowned Indian frankincense), boswellia resin features in the official pharmacopoeia of India and China. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Asian medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties which are effective at treating:
- Rheumatic pain;
- Chronic inflammatory diseases;
- Inflammation of the digestive and respiratory tracts;
- Skin ailments.
It is currently one of the most popular natural health products, particularly with people suffering from joint pain. It features in the dietary supplement Super Boswellia in a standardised form which is better absorbed than other extracts currently on the market. Its effects are primarily due to boswellic acids, compounds in the resin which block the activity of pro-inflammatory molecules such as the enzymes 5-lipoxygenase and cyclo-oxygenase. Notwithstanding its powerful efficacy against arthritis, boswellia’s benefits extend beyond this disease. As a result of its modulation of oxidative stress and inflammation, it also regulates blood lipids, and helps fight bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and various allergic reactions. More recently, it has exhibited analgesic activity, increasing the pain threshold and pain tolerance.
Widely-used in skincare products for its anti-ageing properties which smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, hyaluronic acid is also known as a remedy for inflammatory joint pain (especially in the knees).It is mainly used in infiltrations by rheumatologists. This gel helps to:
- Lubricate the joints;
- Relieve pain;
- Improve mobility;
- Promote regeneration of cartilage cells.
This molecule, which is a glycosaminoglycan, is abundantly present in connective, epithelial and nerve tissue and thus in the joints and cartilage. The body makes about 5 grams of it each day, but levels decline as we get older which contributes to ageing of the joints. However, scientists have observed that among the Japanese inhabitants of the village of Yuzurihara, known as the ‘Village of Long Life’, levels stay relatively constant. It thus constitutes a beneficial supplement for maintaining bone mass and joint mobility.
To continue exploiting its benefits, and because it can be produced naturally and spontaneously using biotechnological yeast fermentation, it was decided that a physiological dose should be incorporated into the new Flexi-Smart formulation. Its addition really helps improve the product’s efficacy in terms of relief from joint pain, and regeneration and strengthening of the joints. An essential product for all those suffering from joint problems, Flexi-Smart can be combined with a type II collagen product such as UC-II®, the main protein in cartilage structure, or it can be alternated with another innovative formulation called Joint Support Formula. The recommended dose depends on pain levels but two capsules a day is generally advisable.
CompositionFlexi-Smart 300 mg
|Dose journalière : 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
| AvoVida® (extract of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables standardised to 30% phytosterols (beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol)
||600 mg |
| AprèsFlex™ [Extract of Boswellia serrata standardised to 20% 3-0-Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA)]
||200 mg |
| Hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate)
||10 mg |
| Other ingredients : Acacia gum, rice flour. |
AvoVida®, Cyvex Nutrition, USA.
AprèsFlex™ is a registered trademark of : Laila Nutraceuticals exclusively licensed to PL Thomas.
Laila Nutra LLC. International patents pending.
Directions for useFlexi-Smart 300 mg
adults. Take one to two vegetarian capsules a dayWarning: contains soy.
Part of Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of medicine for centuries, curcuma is traditionally used to stimulate digestion and treat digestive problems. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
To improve uptake and absorption of curcumin, our dietary supplement Super Curcuma has been formulated to be 29 times more bioavailable than a traditional product, in order to take advantage of curcuma’s benefits with a recommended dose of 1 to 2 capsules a day.
What is Curcuma?
Originating from South Asia, curcuma, or turmeric, is a perennial herbaceous plant and a member of the ginger family. It is particularly valued for its rhizomes (the underground parts) from which the yellow-orange spice is obtained. Though the spice is primarily known as a culinary ingredient, curcuma also has a number of health benefits.
How does Super Curcuma work?
This supplement acts primarily by increasing bile secretion, thus facilitating digestion. As a result of its therapeutic benefits, curcuma has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. Researchers have succeeded in isolating the substances responsible for curcuma’s many benefits – curcuminoids – of which curcumin is the most abundant in curcuma and the best-documented in the scientific literature. Curcumin is recognised for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As an antioxidant, curcuma helps combat free radicals, the reactive molecules responsible for cellular ageing.
What do studies say about Curcuma?
Given curcuma’s many properties, scientists are investigating its use in the prevention and treatment of a number of diseases. While results are still awaited, there is evidence to suggest curcuma may have a role in treating certain inflammatory diseases and arthritis. Other studies are also underway on the spice’s anti-cancer properties and potential for preventing some forms of cancer. Additional research is currently in progress which will hopefully reveal all curcuma’s secrets.
See also our article 5 good reasons to consume turmeric.
CompositionSuper Curcuma 500 mg
|Daily dose : 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack : 30
|Amount per dose
|Meriva® (Soya phospholipids, extract of Curcuma longa)
||1 000 mg
|Other ingredients : Acacia gum.
Meriva®, Indena, Italy.
Directions for useSuper Curcuma 500 mg
Adults. Take one to two vegetarian capsules a day at mealtimes or as advised by your therapist.
Each capsule contains 500 mg of Meriva®.
Contains soya derivatives.