SAMe

SAMe

Relieves Osteoarthritic Pain

30 Enteric Coated Tablets ( SKU: 9246, NPN: 80040088 )

Benefits

  • Key factor in several key biological pathways, including methylation reactions, glutathione formation and glutathione-s-transferase activity1
  • Complexed with disulfate tosylate, a well-tolerated, stable, and clinically tested form
  • Enteric coating protects SAMe degradation from gastric acid, allowing for significantly improved intestinal absorption
  • 200 mg SAMe per tablet, allows for flexible dose titration
  • Sourced from the highest quality Italian Isoactive® SAMe available on the market
  • Isoactive SAMe uses a natural fermentation process that yields 40% higher active ingredients over synthetic variations
  • Suitable for vegetarians/vegans

Feature Summary

S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) has several critical physiological functions and is the common thread between three key metabolic pathways. Well-recognized as a unique methyl donor for more than 100 biological reactions, including DNA methylation. It also links methylation to polyamine synthesis (necessary for cell survival and growth) and transsulfuration, which is responsible for cysteine production, the rate-limiting factor in glutathione synthesis.2,3 Its unique positioning within these intersecting pathways explain its role as a regulator of redox status, cellular metabolism, proliferation, and apoptosis.4,5

Clinically, it has proven beneficial for a number of conditions, most notably osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, neurodegenerative disease, depression, and liver disease.6,7 For patients with major depressive disorder, SAMe has been shown to be effective not only when compared to standard antidepressants, but also for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) non-responders.8,9 It has also been shown to reduce the incidence of sexual dysfunction which commonly accompanies treatment with SSRI/SNRI therapy.10 SAMe has also shown efficacy for osteoarthritis comparable to NSAIDs, including celecoxib.11,12 Quite importantly, it is likely via increases in cartilage formation, glutathione production, DNA methylation, and gene expression which contribute to its efficacy, a stark contrast from pharmaceutical analgesics.13 Research also suggests benefit for neurodegenerative disease, and potentially for improving endothelial function.14-17

Medicinal Ingredients

Each Tablet Contains:
S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) 200 mg

Non-Medicinal Ingredients

Microcrystalline cellulose, mannitol, enteric coating (methacrylic acid copolymer, talc, triethyl citrate, glyceryl palmitostearate, silica, titanium dioxide, medium chain triglycerides, yellow iron oxide), glyceryl behenate, vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant), silica, sodium starch glycolate.

Allergens:

Contains no artificial colours, preservatives, or sweeteners; no dairy, sugar, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, egg, fish, shellfish, animal products, salt, tree nuts, or GMOs. Suitable for vegetarians/vegans. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal is broken. For freshness, store in a cool, dry place.

Contraindications

If you are taking antidepressants, hepatotoxic drugs or monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, consult a health care practitioner prior to taking SAMe in place of or in addition to those medications. Not recommended for use in children. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take at night as SAMe may cause anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. People with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) should not use SAMe unless under medical supervision. Possible side effects are: mild gastrointestinal upsets (such as stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, flatulence), anxiety, hyperactive muscle movement, insomnia and hypomania. When these side effects occur they often diminish with time or resolve with lower doses or cessation of use. There are no documented cases of allergies to SAMe. Keep out of reach of children.

Drug Interactions

Deficiency of vitamins B6, B12, and other methyl donors may exacerbate SAMe deficiency. Theoretically, may have additive serotonergic effects when used with antidepressants, but when used simultaneously, no increase in adverse effects were noted compared to placebo.8

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  2. Park, L.K., Friso,S., &Choi,S.W. (2012). Nutritional influences on epigenetics and age-related disease. Proc Nutr Soc, 71(1), 75-83.
  3. Martínez-López, N., Varela-Rey, M., Ariz, U., et al. (2008). S-adenosylmethionine and proliferation: new pathways, new targets. Biochem Soc Trans, 36(Pt 5), 848-52.
  4. Finkelstein, J.D. (2007). Metabolic regulatory properties of S-adenosylmethionine and S-adenosylhomocysteine. Clin Chem Lab Med, 45(12), 1694-9.
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  7. Jacobsen, S., Danneskiold-Samsøe, B., &Andersen, R.B. (1991). Oral S-adenosylmethionine in primary fibromyalgia. Double-blind clinical evaluation. Scand J Rheumatol, 20(4), 294-302.
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