What should you look for in a supplement?

Glucosamine is often combined with another supplement, Chondroitin. It is a naturally occurring compound found in cartilage. It is thought to promote joint health by stopping the effects of damaging enzymes, increasing water retention, and enhancing the elastic properties of cartilage. Studies that have been done show that the effects of Glucosamine are much more pronounced when taken in conjunction with Chondroitin. We recommend you find products that have both in them, rather than buying two separate products.

As Glucosamine is recommended as a nutritional supplement in the USA, not as a prescription drug, there is some debate over what values will serve the best results for joint pain. Currently it is thought that an initial dose of 1500mg of Glucosamine, and 1200mg of Chondroitin daily will yield the best results.This dose should be carried through for about 2 months. If pain has eased and a response is felt, the dose can be reduced to 1000mg of Glucosamine and 800mg of Chondroitin. Look for products with these values for best effectiveness.

Liquid form or Capsule form?

There is a lot of conjecture over this issue. Should we take liquid or capsule form? The general thought is that liquid form will be absorbed better by the body, thus yielding better results. This is true to an extent. Liquid going into the body will be absorbed faster and more effectively by the digestive system, however capsules are now a lot more effective than they have been in the past. There have been advancements made in capsule coatings which allow for a timed release. Meaning the contents of the capsule have been protecting until they have passed through the stomach, which is highly acidic. What is more important than looking at whether the product is liquid or capsule, is actually seeing what is inside the product. Some joint supplements only contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin, whereas some have other added ingredients. Some have a higher grade Glucosamine in them, and some are natural. This is what is important when looking for the best supplement.

Also to be taken into consideration, and perhaps the most important thing as mentioned above, is the right amount of Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Capsule forms are also generally cheaper. So in summary, yes liquid will be absorbed better, the ideal glucosamine supplement would be a liquid one. However you will still get very good results from a capsule form, and it is smarter to take a capsule that meets all the requirements than a liquid form that is somewhat lacking.

Our recommended products.
Supple Bodies (Liquid Supplement)
Joint Advance (Capsule Supplement)

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