InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.

5451 Industrial Way, Benicia, CA 94510,

The patented, UC-II Undenatured Type II Collagen, from InterHealth Nutraceuticals, supports joint comfort, mobility and flexibility. Taking just 40 mg of UC-II daily is twice as effective as 1,500 mg glucosamine plus 1,200 mg chondroitin, according to peer-reviewed clinical research.

When joint cartilage breaks down, debris consisting of type II collagen can be released into the blood where it is seen as unnatural by the immune system, triggering collagen-specific T cells to remove it. When this occurs without aid for a long period of time, joint issues occur, leading to the “classic” uncontrolled inflammatory response in painful joints. UC-II only changes immune responses against type II collagen, and does not change normal immune system function.

The ingredient, derived from chicken sternum cartilage, is prepared using a patented, low-temperature, non-enzymatic manufacturing process that ensures collagen stays in its native form. UC-II remains immune-reactive during the passage through the gut and arrives at the small intestine intact. Here, it is taken up by lymphoid tissue where it can go to work with the immune system to help change the breakdown of joint cartilage.

UC-II’s mechanism of action is not dependent on absorption, instead working in the gut to help prevent the degradation of collagen in the joints and support joint cartilage rebuild.

In studies, UC-II significantly decreased pain during certain daily activities, including walking, doing household chores and walking up and down stairs, says the company. UC-II can be taken alone or with other joint-health ingredients.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, December 2012