Supplements that Promote Joint Relief

Today we are going to discuss a few supplements that we feel will improve flexibility, joint relief, and overall mobility.

* Glucosamine / Chondroitin
* Cissus Quadrangularis
* Omega-3

Glucosamine / Chondroitin
Glucosamine is a compound that is naturally made in humans. It is involved in the creation of molecules that form cartilage.

Evidence supports the use of glucosamine sulfate in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. It is believed that the sulfate portion may help strengthen cartilage. If this is confirmed, it would mean that the glucosamine sulfate form is more effective than glucosamine without sulfate.

Glucosamine is often taken together with chondroitin, which comes from cartilage. The use of integrative therapies like glucosamine is often seen in people with osteoarthritis. Glucosamine has also been studied for possible benefits on wound healing, skin conditions such as psoriasis, and the prevention of migraine. More research is needed in these areas. Research shows that glucosamine is well tolerated for up to three years. However, people who are allergic to shellfish should avoid using it. There have been concerns about the effects of glucosamine on insulin and blood sugar. However, some recent studies suggest that glucosamine may not affect these measures. This remains an area of controversy. Source: Glucosamine/Web MD

Labrada Elasti Joint
ElastiJoint™ Joint Support Formula is designed for active people who have joint stress, experience joint stiffness due to the natural aging process, or for people who want to do all they can to maintain flexibility. Using ElastiJoint™ can help maintain healthy joints and helps feed connective tissue. Instead of a handful of pills, try just one small serving mixed easily with water or your favorite beverage.

Chondroitin Sulfate
Chondroitin is a derivative of glucosamine that supports the strength and flexibility of all connective tissues in the body.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are usually found together and are a safe way to treat occasional joint stress. Glucosamine is derived from shellfish so those allergic to shellfish should seek alternative joint relief supplements. Glucosamine / Chondroitin has often times been proven popular with various athletes such as runners, cyclists, weightlifters, and so on at relieving the occasional stress these activities can put on the joints.

Universal Animal FLEX
Animal Flex is designed to help strengthen your body’s foundation, to help protect your joints from the daily grind brought about by heavy duty weight training. Each pack of Animal Flex consists of several key joint protection complexes: (1) a potent joint construction complex to help repair connection tissue; (2) a lubrication complex to help cushion the joints from lifting; (3) a support complex to help promote rehabilitation and reduce soreness; and (4) a key vitamin/mineral support blend to help underscore optimal joint health.

Many quality joint relief supplements will combine MSM with the previously mentioned Glucosamine and Chondroitin, however this can also be taken separate. MSM has been proven to contain anti inflammatory properties which can help with flexibility and mobility. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) – MSM is a natural, nutritional source of biologically active sulfur. The MSM in found in supplements today provides the body with the raw materials it requires to support healthy connective tissues.

Cissus Quadrangularis
This ancient joint relieving supplement was first popularized by USP Labs in their “Super Cissus” formula. However it has been used for centuries over in India for treating common joint ailments and broken bones. It is probably native to India or Sri Lanka, but is also found in Africa, Arabia, and Southeast Asia. It has been imported to Brazil and the southern United States.* Like MSM this is a popular anti inflammatory that helps with typical joint aches and pains as well as ligament, and tendon issues. People over in Asia have also been using this supplement to treat bone fractures and weak bones as well. This one is also particularly popular because it is free of shellfish. This particular supplement can be found in the common capsule form as well as in powder form.

USP Labs Super Cissus
Super Cissus is a one of a kind cissus quadrangularis extract that supports joint health and is also used for bone support.

Omega 3’s
Omega 3’s are found in a variety of food sources as well as in over the counter supplements. A few foods that are typically higher in Omega 3’s are almonds, flax seeds, walnuts, and cold water fish, such as salmon and tuna. Omega 3’s are also known as essential fatty acids. Theses fats are known as essential fats because of the role the play in maintaining healthy cells throughout the body including the joints. These essential fats cannot be produced by the body, therefore must be consumed through foods or supplements. “They also encourage the production of chemicals that help control inflammation in the joints, bloodstream, and tissues.” – WebMD Omega 3’s also play an important role in heart health, fat metabolism, brain health, and much much more.

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