In this month’s issue, I explained why cannabis is my tried-and-true option for pain relief. And why non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD), in particular, is a perfect solution for patients who want the benefits of medical marijuana without the high.
But when it comes to addressing specific pain conditions like arthritis, you can get more relief—and, in some instances, actually reverse the condition altogether—when you combine CBD with other natural ingredients.
In particular, research shows two of my old standby recommendations for arthritis make an ideal “supporting cast” for CBD.
The other “green” pain solution
I’ve mentioned the near-miraculous benefits of green-lipped mussel before. But since it’s been a while, here’s a quick refresher…
This unique shellfish is found exclusively off the coast of New Zealand, where it’s been a dietary staple of the indigenous Maori tribe for centuries. The Maori are particularly well known for their extraordinary agility, even in old age.
In fact, researchers have found that fewer than 10 percent of the Maori suffer from arthritis. (That’s nearly half the New Zealand average, and more than two times lower than U.S. rates of chronic joint pain.)
But this isn’t just a coincidence. Because as it turns out, green lipped mussel is one of the most powerful arthritis fighters in nature.
It was originally investigated in the 1960s as a potential cancer treatment. But while scientists found it didn’t serve that purpose, arthritic patients who took it reported less pain and stiffness, and greater mobility.1
And it’s really no wonder. The compounds in green-lipped mussel are able to lower the body’s inflammatory responses and boost cartilage synthesis while blocking its destruction.1
Not only that, but it’s comprised of roughly 12 percent glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are complex amino sugars that increase uptake of water into the cartilage matrix. This is key, because joint hydration decreases with age, causing them to lose critical cushion and shock absorption. Plus, GAG loss is part of what leads to chronic stiffness and injury.1
Rebuild worn-out joints from the ground up
In-vitro research shows that green-lipped mussel acts on cytokines, cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes, and immunoglobulins to regulate inflammation at the source. But of course, the real test is how it works in actual human patients.
One study showed that 1,050 mg daily of green lipped mussel extract was able to improve joint comfort, mobility, and stiffness in 76 percent of participants.
In another clinical trial, a whopping 83 percent of participants reported good or excellent results after using 1,500 mg of green lipped mussel extract daily over a year-long period. The patients reported exercising with ease, improved joint comfort, and greater mobility.
And when the researchers took x-rays of these participants’ joints, they found evidence that green lipped mussel actually spurs cartilage growth.
Which means this solution isn’t just a temporary “band-aid”—it alleviates arthritis pain by rebuilding worn-out joints from the ground up.
So you can see how combining green-lipped muscle extract with CBD would give arthritis patients a significant leg up. But research suggests we can kick the relief—and healing—up another notch by adding one more natural remedy to the mix…
Amino acids to the rescue
I’ve mentioned dimethylglycine (or DMG, for short) before. Not as a remedy for joint pain, but as a powerful natural immune modulator.
It’s precisely this advantage, however, that allows it to pull double duty as a pain-fighter…
As the name suggests, DMG is a derivative of the amino acid glycine, and a byproduct of the metabolism of choline. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, which research shows can help keep you healthy by optimizing both your humoral and your cell-mediated immune responses.2
In simpler terms, DMG ensures your body’s hardworking immune cells and the antibodies they generate both stay on high alert. And when paired with green-lipped mussel, these benefits combine to pack a uniquely powerful punch against inflammation.
Add in CBD, and you’ve got a real, science-backed, pain-conquering trifecta on your hands.
Which is why I’m in the final stages of creating my very own nutritional supplement formula that features all three of these powerful arthritis pain solutions: 50 mg of green lipped mussel oil, 50 mg of DMG, and 5 mg of phytocannabinoids from a full-spectrum, organically grown hemp (cannabis) extract.
This is going to be a total game-changer for anyone dealing with arthritis, and I’m so excited to bring it to you. As always, you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready.
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- “New research and a clinicalreport on the use of Perna canaliculus in the management of arthritis.” Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients (2000): 99-111. (vetriscience.com/white_papers/VSL 250.pdf)
- J Infect Dis. 1981 Jan;143(1):101-5