If your knees, hips and other joints don't feel as good as they used to, then consider these three popular joint-supporting ingredients.
Glucosamine is a building block of healthy joints
Glucosamine helps you get to the root of the problem by supporting and nourishing connective tissues and cartilage.
X-ray evidence shows glucosamine sulfate works better than placebo
One study of glucosamine sulfate from the British journal Lancet provided visual evidence for its positive effects on joint health. Over 3 years, 212 people were given a placebo or 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate daily. Instead of just measuring the participant's subjective reports of discomfort or stiffness, the researchers demonstrated measurable, objective evidence of glucosamine's joint benefits. X-rays of the knees in the glucosamine group were taken at various intervals during the study and showed significant benefits. X-rays from those taking a placebo showed continued degeneration of the knee joint. There were no side effects or complications noted in the glucosamine group.
Note: this study used the sulfate form of glucosamine used in Lindberg products. Lindberg uses a potassium stabilized form (2KCl) of glucosamine sulfate, not sodium, to reduce unwanted salt.
The combniation of glucosamine and chondroitin works even better
Chondroitin sulfate works together with glucosamine. Experts say it is best taken with glucosamine in a 5:4 ratio, glucosamine sulfate (1,500 mg): chondroitin sulfate (1,200 mg) for a 120-200 pound person.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine reviewed 15 human studies on the use of glucosamine and chondroitin for joints. The results showed significant improvement in all subjects with joint issues using either material. All of the studies showed them to be safe with minimal (if any) effects. The range of doses was 500 mg to 1,500 mg of glucosamine and 800 mg to 1,200 mg of chondroitin daily in the sulfate form. The benefits were found to take 4 to 8 weeks to occur. The most popular daily dose is 1,500 mg glucosamine and 1,200 mg chondroitin.
What is MSM?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a source of sulfur, one of the most abundant minerals in the human body. Sulfur is essential in many body functions. It's critical to the production of healthy collagen -- the building block of nails, skin, hair, joints and other connective tissues.*
Average 82% improvement in those taking MSM
Several studies have measured the effects of MSM in athletes. Injured athletes taking MSM, in addition to their usual physical therapy, reported improved recovery (58%) versus a placebo group (33%). In addition, athletes using MSM had 40% fewer office visits during treatment. Then, a double-blind study showed subjects who took 2,250 mg of MSM daily for 6 weeks reported an average 82% improvement in joint comfort, compared to 18% for those taking a placebo.
Three Capsules Contain:
1,500 mg D-Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCL
1,200 mg Chondroitin Sulfate
Four Capsules Contain:
1,500 mg D-Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCl
1,200 mg Chondroitin Sulfate
1,000 mg MSM
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.