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Do you work out? Perform high intensity sports? Stand a lot at your job? Do you mild carpal tunnel or worry about your joints? There are lots of reasons for it, but our joints eventually wear out.

Pain Relief

Throughout our lives our bodies produce glucosamine, which is found in our joints, but if we exceed the exercise that is good for our joints or (unfortunately) just getting older. Too much exercise means your body can’t repair the cartilage in your joints fast enough, wearing it down and causing less cushioning between your bones. As you get older, you start losing glucosamine in your joints anyway.

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Glucosamine comes in two forms: glucosamine sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Glucosamine sulphate contains a higher amount of sodium, which was thought to help the body absorb the glucosamine faster, but recent research has proven that glucosamine hydrochloride is just as effective.

Studies

The efficacy of glucosamine has been proven in several studies. Studies have proven that typical NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprophen) aren’t any more effective than placebos, but glucosamine patients have shown and reported about a 30% rise in pain relief and durability of joints. While science isn’t sure how it works, it has recognised that it does work. Glucosamine has also been shown to improve joint pain caused by osteoarthritis but results are not proven with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Unfortunately, you can’t get glucosamine from any foods, so it can only be taken as a supplement. However, glucosamine can be taken in supplement form.

So Where Do You Get Glucosamine?

For a good source of glucosamine, try this one. I’m recommending this one in particular because it also contains collagen. You’re body uses collagen to make cartilage, but can also help create strong nails and encourage hair to grow faster (if there’s a surplus of collagen, your body uses it to make your hair grow faster).

It also contains a probiotic blend that supports immunity and helps digestion. Increasing the effectiveness of the digestive system is crucial to absorbing the glucosamine properly.

Side effects:

The thing about glucosamine is that it is virtually side effect free! Some people report headaches on high doses, but that is significantly higher than the 1500mg that most studies use.

Dosage:

Most studies include the users taking 500mg three times a day, but there is no evidence to suggest that taking it in higher doses fewer times a day would not be as effective.

 

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