How does Covid-19 infection work?

April 8th, 2020 by

How does Covid-19 infection work? We are neither doctors nor virologists, our scientific team is simply trying to summarise research that appears to explain what the Covid-19 infection is and how it works. Is Covid-19 a new virus? Covid-19, also called SARS-CoV-2, belongs to the beta-coronavirus family.1 However, the viruses within this group can vary Read more –>

Osteoarthritis: causes and effects

April 2nd, 2020 by

Osteoarthritis: causes and effects What is osteoarthritis? A joint is made up of two (or more) bones, the ends of which are called subchondral bones. The end of each bone is covered in cartilage, which absorbs mechanical shock and is composed of extracellular matrix (type II collagen and aggrecans: hyaluronic acid + chondroitin). The area where the two bones Read more –>

Sport in times of coronavirus: a good or bad combination?

March 31st, 2020 by

Sport in times of coronavirus: a good or bad combination?   It is well known that sport is good for our mental and physical health and increases our life span. However, it seems that intense physical exercise is not advisable in some circumstances, particularly in case of risk of infection.   Sport and infection: what Read more –>

Immune System: how does it work against an infection ?

March 6th, 2020 by

Immune System: how does it work against an infection ? A short introduction to the function of our immune system What is a pathogen ? Bacteria are organisms constituted of one cell (size in µm: one millionth of a meter) and are able to grow and reproduce. Viruses are smaller (size in nm: one billionth Read more –>

Let’s boost our immune system

March 6th, 2020 by
Nutrition et défenses immunitaires

Let’s boost our immune system It’s no myth that we get ill more in winter and that the number of deaths rises during the cold months.1 But why? Well, we know that vast numbers of viruses exist, and just as there is a wide variety of plant species, viruses themselves are also very diverse. Plus, Read more –>

Glucosamine and chondroitin: partners of the extracellular matrix

February 27th, 2020 by
Glucosamine Chondroitin

Glucosamine and chondroitin: partners of the extracellular matrix What are glucosamine and chondroitin? Glucosamine is a monosaccharide that occurs naturally in our bodies. It is the precursor to a number of glycosaminoglycans such as hyaluronic acid, chondroitin and keratan sulphate, which in turn make up some important components of the extracellular matrix called aggrecans. Glucosamine Read more –>

The benefits of taking oral hyaluronic acid

February 27th, 2020 by
Hyaluronic acid ExtraCellHyalo

The benefits of taking oral hyaluronic acid What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid is one of the main components of the extracellular matrix. It binds with chondroitin and keratan sulphate, and forms crosslinks with collagen fibres. It is a glycosaminoglycan made in the synoviocytes, fibroblasts and chondrocytes, and plays an important role in the biomechanical Read more –>

Joint pain

January 22nd, 2020 by

What is a joint? A joint is the point of connection between two (or more) bones. There are different types of joints, which have varying degrees of mobility. The knee, shoulder, hip and fingers are very movable joints, while the vertebrae are less movable, and the joints of the skull are immovable. The tolerated movements Read more –>

The muscles, pillars of stability

January 16th, 2020 by
Exercise couple ExtraCellMuscle

570 skeletal striated muscles Skeletal striated muscles bind bone through tendons. By contracting, they allow the voluntary movement of the skeleton in a specific direction. These contractions are controlled by motor neurons which connect the spinal cord and the muscles. Their activation leads to the release of calcium, which will bind to contractile proteins. Each Read more –>

Collagen is essential … but why?

January 8th, 2020 by
Collagen tripe helix ExtraCell

What is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and plays a structural role. It is mainly found in connective tissues (skin, bone, cartilage, muscles, vessel walls …). There are 28 types of collagen in our body. All are composed of 3 α chains that form a helix, but each type Read more –>

Manual therapies for back pain

January 8th, 2020 by
Back treatment and ExtraCellMatrix

On November 28th and 29th, Swiss Alp Health took part in the Swiss Congress of Manual Medicine SAMM (Schweizerische Ärztegesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin) in Interlaken, as manual therapies and certain dietary supplements work in tandem for the maintenance of mobility. Lumbar pain, how to act? Manipulations in manual therapy According to Dr. Med. Melchior Huggler, Read more –>

The unsuspected virtues of rosehip

January 8th, 2020 by
Rosehip / cynorrhodon / Hagebutte ExtraCell

Rosehip have a long history of proven success in many areas, including cartilage, bones, skin and metabolism, with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. Rosehip, a local jewel Rosehip is a false fruit rosehip (dog rose) and rose, which is notably found in Europe. It has powerful antioxidant powers, thanks to a high concentration of flavonoids, Read more –>

9 health benefits of collagen

December 6th, 2019 by
Collagen benefits ExtraCell

Whether it is osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging or cellulite, oral intake of collagen peptides is good for the body. You, too, can benefit from the numerous properties of collagen ! What are the different types of collagen? Collagen is the most dominant protein in the human body and in mammals. It forms fibers in the Read more –>

Sport: a source of youth?

November 13th, 2019 by
Keep moving with ExtraCell

Swiss Alp Health took part in the Swiss Sports Medicine Congress in Interlaken on 24–25 October. It was an opportunity to remind ourselves that mobility is an essential element of quality of life. Sport: a source of youth? According to Dr med. Boris Gojanovic, a sports doctor and general internal medicine specialist at Hôpital de Read more –>