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Question: What is UC-II and does it help joints?
Answer: UC-II (InterHealth Nutraceuticals) is an ingredient now found in many supplements for joint health, either as a stand-alone ingredient or in combination with other ingredients (see examples in the Review of Joint Health Supplements). UC-II contains a patented form of undenatured type II collagen (i.e., the collagen is not processed by high heat or chemicals) derived from chicken sternum cartilage, along with inactive ingredients. Based on laboratory and clinical studies, the makers claim that the undenatured collagen in UC-II differs from hydrolyzed or denatured collagen because it contains active immune modulators that reduce the secretion of enzymes that break down type II collagen, thereby slowing the inflammatory response.
For more information about UC-II, including findings from clinical studies and dosage, see the full answer>>