Joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin have long been touted for their abilities to help support aging joints and ligaments, particularly in people over the age of 30, who may be beginning to experience declines in bone density.
Basically, glucosamine is an amino sugar and part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan and chitin, which make up the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other arthropods, as well as the cell walls of fungi and many higher organisms. Commonly sold forms of glucosamine are glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetylglucosamine. Of theses 3, only glucosamine sulfate is considered “likely effective” for treating osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is often sold in combination with other supplements such as chondroitin sulfate and methylsulfonylmethane (better known as MSM).
Chondroitin is the most abundant glycosaminoglycan in cartilage and is credited for maintaining its resiliency while preventing certain enzymes from destroying it, particularly when taken in dosages of 400 mg. 2-times a day for at least 60 days. Meanwhile, MSM is believed to help keep ligaments flexible.
While both Glucosamine and chondroitin are safe overall, it is important to keep in mind that they can interact negatively with blood thinners such as Coumadin (Warfarin). Nor should glucosamine be taken by people with allergies to shellfish.
In addition, not all combinations of these minerals sold over-the-counter are equal, with many found to fall below standards set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (non-governmental) organization. In fact, back in 2013, testing by Consumers Reports found that CVS Triple Strength, Finest Natural Triple Strength (Walgreens), Natural Factors Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates, Spring Valley Triple Strength (Walmart), Trigosamine Max Strength, and 365 Everyday Value Extra Strength (Whole Foods) only contained “79%-87% of the chondroitin listed on their labels (at that time), while other products were found hard for the body to absorb sufficiently.
Although different rating groups have varying opinions about which joint remedies are the most effective, Top10 Supplements.com currently rates the following as their choice for the10 best supplements for joint health currently on the market:
1– Universal Nutrition Animal Flex
2– USP Labs SuperCissus
3-Controlled Labs Orange Triad
4–Joint Tech by Dymatize
5–Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM by NOW
7– Infinite Labs Joint Support
8– MET-Rx Super Joint Guard
10– NOW Glucosamine & MSM
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