Eriksen, E.F.; Lech, O.; Nakama, G.Y.; O’Gorman, D.M. Disease-Modifying Adjunctive Therapy (DMAT) in Osteoarthritis—The Biological Effects of a Multi-Mineral Complex, LithoLexal® Joint—A Review. Clin. Pract.2021, 11, 901-913.
Eriksen, E.F.; Lech, O.; Nakama, G.Y.; O’Gorman, D.M. Disease-Modifying Adjunctive Therapy (DMAT) in Osteoarthritis—The Biological Effects of a Multi-Mineral Complex, LithoLexal® Joint—A Review. Clin. Pract. 2021, 11, 901-913.
Modern advances in molecular medicine have led to reframing osteoarthritis as a metabolically active, inflammatory disorder with local and systemic contributing factors. According to the ‘inflammatory theory’ of osteoarthritis, immune response to an initial damage is the key trigger that leads to progressive joint destruction. Several intertwined pathways are known to induce and govern articular inflammation, cartilage matrix degradation, and subchondral bone changes. Effective treatments capable of halting or delaying the progression of osteoarthritis remain elusive. As a result, supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate are commonly used despite the lack of scientific consensus. A novel option for adjunctive therapy of osteoarthritis is LithoLexal®, a marine-derived, mineral-rich extract, that exhibited significant efficacy in clinical trials. LithoLexal® has a lattice microstructure containing a combination of bioactive rare minerals. Mechanistic research suggests that this novel treatment possesses various potential disease-modifying properties, such as suppression of nuclear factor kappa-B, interleukin 1β, tumour necrosis factor α, and cyclooxygenase-2. Accordingly, LithoLexal® can be considered a disease-modifying adjunctive therapy (DMAT). LithoLexal® monotherapy in patients with knee osteoarthritis has significantly improved symptoms and walking ability with higher efficacy than glucosamine. Preliminary evidence also suggests that LithoLexal® may allow clinicians to reduce the dose of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in osteoarthritic patients by up to 50%. In conclusion, the multi-mineral complex, LithoLexal®, appears to be a promising candidate for DMAT of osteoarthritis, which may narrow the existing gap in clinical practice.
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