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Legion Fortify Joint Support Review

Fortify is a Joint Support supplement by Legion which, like all Legion supplements, contains clinically effective doses of research-backed ingredients…

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Curcumin

Curcumin is a compound found in the spice Turmeric and has long been used as an anti-inflammatory.  These properties are inherent to Curcumin and reliable, but are limited by poor absorption.

Fortunately, as Legion points out, Piperine (Black Pepper Extract) can significantly enhance the absorption of Curcumin, allowing it to be an effective anti-inflammatory at realistic doses.

Grapeseed Extract

Grapeseed contains various polyphenols which may convey a variety of health benefits.  Central to the majority of the benefits is the ability of Grapeseed to reduce oxidative damage/degradation throughout the body.

Fortify contains 90mg of Grapeseed Extract per serving.

Boswellia

Boswellia also has an extensive history of use as an anti-inflammatory in the world of traditional medicine.  Fortunately, it has also been studies by modern science and is considered a reliable and effective treatment for joint discomfort caused by inflammation.

Generally speaking, you should be looking for a standardized (patented) form of Boswellia, not just a random extract, since the potency may vary considerably.

Luckily, Fortify contains ApresFlex, a patented, trustworthy form of Boswellia Extract.

Collagen

Collagen is a primary component of connective tissue throughout the body and since Collagen degradation is a major cause of joint-related conditions such as Arthritis, it makes sense that supplemental Collagen would be explored as a treatment option.

Though Collagen is available in various forms, only Undenatured Type II Collagen has been used successfully as a treatment for arthritis.

Interestingly, Undenatured Type II Collagen (UC-II) has also been shown to improve joint mobility and reduce pain caused by physical activity in HEALTHY individuals who didn’t have arthritis but sometime felt joint pain/discomfort from physical activity.

Legion lists the amount of UC-II in Fortify at 10mg per serving.

The Bottom Line

Fortify is a simple, but highly effective option for anyone looking to preserve joint health and/or reduce joint pain caused by exercise. Of course, individual results will vary depending on the condition of your joints prior to use, but Fortify is no doubt one of the more effective, research-backed joint support formulas available.

Like all Legion products, Fortify can be found on Amazon.

References

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  2. Lugo, James P., et al. “Undenatured type II collagen (UC-II®) for joint support: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in healthy volunteers.” J Int Soc Sports Nutr 24.10 (2013): 1.
  3. Raina, Komal, et al. “Role of oxidative stress in cytotoxicity of grape seed extract in human bladder cancer cells.” Food and Chemical Toxicology 61 (2013): 187-195.
  4. Aggarwal, Sita, et al. “Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) down-regulates expression of cell proliferation and antiapoptotic and metastatic gene products through suppression of IκBα kinase and Akt activation.” Molecular pharmacology 69.1 (2006): 195-206.
  5. Shaikh, J., et al. “Nanoparticle encapsulation improves oral bioavailability of curcumin by at least 9-fold when compared to curcumin administered with piperine as absorption enhancer.” European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 37.3 (2009): 223-230.
  6. Jackson, J. K., et al. “The antioxidants curcumin and quercetin inhibit inflammatory processes associated with arthritis.” Inflammation Research 55.4 (2006): 168-175.
  7. Sailer, Eckart‐Roderich, et al. “Acetyl‐11‐keto‐β‐boswellic acid (AKBA): structure requirements for binding and 5‐lipoxygenase inhibitory activity.”British journal of pharmacology 117.4 (1996): 615-618.
  8. Kimmatkar, N., et al. “Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee–a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial.” Phytomedicine 10.1 (2003): 3-7.

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