Americans are reporting arthritis, joint pain and the ability to carry out activities in old age among their top concerns, according to Catherine Adams Hutt, Ph.D., RD, CFS, chief science and regulatory officer, Sloan Trends. The information was reported in the May-June issue of Natural Products Insider magazine.
Arthritis has been one of the countryâ€™s fastest growing health concerns since 2006, Adams said, and compared to other major health issues, the population is most active in both arthritis management and treatment.
"Joint health represents the number-one condition-specific supplement category being used by American adults," said Paul Dijkstra, CEO, InterHealth Nutraceuticals. That reach extends globally, as Global Industry Analysts predicted the bone and joint product market to reach US $9 billion by 2017.
'In the United States, middle-aged and the early elderly are more active than ever, and are much more likely to be engaging in some form of exercise and supplementation to allow them to fulfill their active lifestyles," said Sendhil Pani, head of international marketing, Bayir Inc. "The large joints tend to lose cartilage through years of simply living, and the resulting discomfort is driving millions to seek resolution."
According to the Natural Products Insider article, a number of natural ingredients show promise in helping to support joint health. Over time, cartilage wears down from normal everyday activities and the effects of osteoarthritis (OA), known as â€œwear and tearâ€ arthritis, can start to cause reduced flexibility and mobility. As a result, many natural ingredients target cartilage in some form or another â€” whether protecting or repairing the collagen-heavy tissue.
Despite new ingredients in the market, glucosamine and chondroitin are recognized as the go-to combination for restoring joint health.
"The same drivers of aging population, more active lifestyles and obesity will continue to make joint health a viable and attractive market segment," said Mike Fleagle, brand manager for RegenasureÂ® glucosamine, Cargill. "Glucosamine is still the most widely used and discussed joint health ingredient."