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The OCU warns of two products to which false therapeutic properties are attributed for osteoarthritis and arthritis

The first reason that should lead one to doubt a ‘miracle product’ is that it claims to cure a pathology that has no cure. The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has recently launched a notice about two products that are advertised on different websites and to which therapeutic properties are attributed to combat joint problems derived from osteoarthritis and arthritis. These are Hondrox and Flexumgel. The OCU warns that these products are not medications and have not been regulated, controlled or authorized by any drug agency.

«The origin, composition, quality, efficacy and safety of these products is totally unknown. Consuming them poses a risk to health and a clear deception for consumers’ pockets,” warns the Consumer Organization.

He also assures that the supposed curative properties of these products are “totally false” because “if such effective curative products existed, they would be authorized and marketed through channels regulated by the health authorities. And it is not the case”.

In this sense, it clarifies that behind the pain and inflammation of the joints there is generally a process of wear and tear of the cartilage, whose mission is to act as a shock absorber and prevent friction between the bones. The process of wear and tear of the articular cartilage is what is known as osteoarthritis, which should not be confused with rheumatoid arthritis, which is another disease that also affects the joints and also causes pain and inflammation, but is not due to wear and tear. , but rather an inflammatory process of the joint caused by the immune system itself, which if not stopped ends up damaging the entire joint.

In both cases, these are chronic pathologies, therefore without a cure, which, as they are triggered by different causes, also have different treatments. Pharmacology for arthritis is aimed at addressing the cause of the problem through specific medications that effectively control the process that triggers inflammation. In osteoarthritis, medications are aimed at alleviating the symptoms, since the cause of the disease, cartilage degeneration, cannot be reversed. These drugs are, fundamentally, anti-inflammatory.

How can you identify these ‘miracle products’?

The OCU offers a series of guidelines to take into account to identify ‘miracle products’ on the Internet. First of all, websites selling online products must offer certain information to consumers and users. According to Spanish law, the page must appear:

– Name or corporate name of the company.

– Commercial registry number.

– NIF or CIF.

– Registered office.

– Contact information.

– Terms and Conditions.

– Privacy policy and contact address in case you want to delete, modify, etc. our personal data.

Consumers points out that, in the case of Hondrox and Flexumgel products, the pages on which they are advertised do not meet any of these requirements. “The fact that information appears such as ‘the terms and conditions of use are governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Florida’ is a clear indication that it is an illegal website,” he clarifies.

The OCU also emphasizes that on these websites it is stated that both products have many therapeutic properties such as “regenerative effect on joint tissues”, “restorative effect on the cartilaginous tissue of the joints”, when it is completely false as explained above.

On the other hand, they advertise that they contain ingredients of natural origin, but they are different depending on the website you consult: in some cases they are a mixture of medicinal plants, in others they are completely different medicinal plants, with vitamins or essential oils and glucosamine. and chondroitin.

At the same time, they mix true concepts and notions with false ones. For example, the ingredients that these products claim to contain include glucosamine sulfate or chondroitin sulfate, substances legally marketed in the form of medications used for osteoarthritis of the knee, with other substances that claim to come from natural sources such as “Canadian deer antlers” or “pearl dust.”

Finally, the OCU advises distrusting websites that include supposed testimonials from people who claim to have tried it with excellent results, or from experts who do not exist accompanied by “stolen” photos belonging to profiles of real people who have their image uploaded to the web. .

Regarding prices, ask that you be wary of exaggerated offers. These types of products usually offer discounts of up to 50% on the original price. Furthermore, the sale is not carried out directly through the website, but rather a form is asked to be filled out with the telephone number and name of the buyer with the excuse of being able to contact them later and to provide them with the bank card details. where to make the charge.