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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the CH-Alpha® general questions and answers section. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

If you do not see your question in the list below, please click here to submit one to a CH-Alpha joint health expert.

The information provided in this forum does not constitute medical advice and Gelita Health Products is not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of responses from the expert.

Is CH-Alpha® safe? Does it have side effects?
Side effects are uncommon, but can include, in rare cases, flatulence or diarrhea. It is important to note that in clinical studies, these same side effects also occurred in patients taking a placebo product.

CH-Alpha is non-allergenic and cholesterol-free. According to medical studies, there are no known interactions with other medications or foods.

When should I take CH-Alpha®?
CH-Alpha should be taken once daily at any time of the day with or without meals.

How long should I take CH-Alpha®?
Drink one vial containing CH-Alpha daily. In clinical studies, participants experienced increased flexibility and reduced stiffness after just 2 to 3 months.

You should continue taking CH-Alpha even after your flexibility returns. Chronic joint symptoms (CJS) will likely return if you discontinue therapy.

What is CH-Alpha®'s active ingredient?
The active ingredient in CH-Alpha is Fortigel®, a specially designed collagen hydrolysate. In clinical studies, this safe and natural supplement has been proven to be beneficial in rebuilding cartilage. CH-Alpha is the only product in the U.S. patented for its proven method of regenerating cartilage.

What is cartilage?
Cartilage covers all your joints and protects your bones from rubbing together, which can cause chronic joint symptoms (CJS) such as stiffness and pain. Joint cartilage is comprised mostly of a matrix of collagen and proteoglycans that gives joints the protection and strength they need to perform without loss of flexibility and stiffness.

Joint cartilage does not contain blood vessels or nerves, which makes it slow to heal or grow. However, joint cartilage is an active, growing tissue that needs continuous regeneration to give the protection and strength joints require to perform without stiffness. CH-Alpha targets these areas and works to regenerate cartilage.

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How prevalent are chronic joint symptoms (CJS)?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CJS are America’s leading cause of disability in people aged 18 and older, ultimately affecting about 70 million people. This number is likely to climb significantly in the future, as the population over 50 is expected to double by 2020.1

1United States Bone and Joint Decade. Why is the Bone and Joint Decade Important? Available at: http://www.usbjd.org/about/index.cfm?pg=important.cfm. Accessed June 21, 2006.

Do I need a prescription for CH-Alpha®?
No, CH-Alpha is an over-the-counter joint supplement and does not require a prescription. You can order CH-Alpha through this website simply by clicking on the "Buy CH-Alpha online now" link below. CH-Alpha is also available at other major drugstores.

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Will my insurance cover the purchase of CH-Alpha®?
Probably not. Most U.S. insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of joint supplements.

Where can I purchase CH-Alpha®?
CH-Alpha is available at Quick2you, Livamed and through this website. Please note that purchases through this website can only be shipped to U.S. street addresses. Orders for CH-Alpha cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes or addresses outside the United States.

How do I take CH-Alpha®?
One single-use vial of CH-Alpha contains 10 grams of Bioactive Collagen Peptides. You should drink 1 vial per day to support cartilage regeneration. Studies have shown that this is the optimal dose for cartilage regeneration. CH-Alpha can be taken with or without food, and may be mixed with other beverages, such as orange or grapefruit juices.

Who makes CH-Alpha®?
CH-Alpha is marketed by GELITA Health Products USA in Sioux City, Iowa.

What scientific information is available?
CH-Alpha and its active ingredient, Bioactive Collagen Peptides, have been researched for many years. Numerous international scientific studies have been conducted that demonstrate the success of CH-Alpha. Please visit the News section of this website to learn more about these studies.

What if I have questions?
Please ask us any questions you have about CH-Alpha that were not addressed here. Go to the "Ask Us a Question" form below. Just type in your question and click "Ask the Expert." You will get a response from us soon.

What else can be done to improve joint health?
For some, additional changes in lifestyle may be necessary to improve joint comfort. The National Institutes of Health recommends these and other steps:
  • Weight control
  • Exercise (such as stretching, walking and yoga)
  • Non-drug pain relief (such as ice and heat)


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