Vitex’s C-NAG™ helps promote a healthy intestinal lining in people with symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.
NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine) is a key component of the “glue” that holds our bodies together. Found in all body tissues, cells, cell membranes, inter-connective tissues, bone matrix, cartilage, skin, and mucous membranes, NAG may be one of the most important supplements to add to your nutritional program. NAG is the form of glucosamine that has the widest range of applicability for all uses.
Normally, the lining mucosal cells of the digestive tract have a high turnover rate – whole layer of surface cells are renewed in 3-4 days. In patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diease like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, this renewal rate is much faster, with amino sugars required in this rapid cell growth. However, under these circumstances, NAG can be taken up and utilized at a rate that is 3 times that of plain glucosamine. This suggests that in inflammatory bowel diease, rates of glucosamine conservation into NAG within the intestinal cells cannot be keep pace with the excessive demand, and that pre-formed NAG may be better.
N-acetyl glucosamine may help reduce the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, suggests a preliminary study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in 2005.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Shows promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (a class of conditions that includes Crohn’s disease and colitis), according to a pilot study published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2000.
A digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten, making it hard for the body to absorb nutrients needed.