Aging is tough on athletes and fit people, particularly when your joints just aren’t holding up like they used to. Your cartilage simply isn’t as fluid and elastic as it used to be, and your knees, hips and feet are not as forgiving, to put it mildly.
There’s hope, though, and in natural form.
Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, when taken in supplemental form, have been shown to reverse damage in joint cartilage and even rebuild damaged joints, according to “The Arthritis Cure”, a best-selling book by Dr. Jason Theodosakis.
In fact, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate have been proven effective in the treatment of arthritis in Europe and Brazil since 1959.
A new study conducted by the Arthritis Foundation in 2005 concluded that patients with more severe arthritis pain got significant relief from the glucosamine-chondroitin combination.
Similar results demonstrating that glucosamine was able to control knee osteoarthritis pain were found by another study, this one led by Gabriel Herrero-Beaumont, MD, of the Jiminez Diaz Foundation in Madrid, Spain.
What exactly are glucosamine and chondroitin? Glucosamine occurs naturally in your body as cartilage. Supplements are derived from the chitin of shellfish shells and chondroitin supplements are usually made from cow cartilage.
It is necessary to take them in supplement form because, unfortunately, glucosamine and chondroitin do not naturally occur in any foods other than bovine bones and the hard shells of shellfish.
MSM is methylsulfonylmethane, and is a naturally occurring form of sulphur common in food and in your body in mineral form.
The benefits of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM are thought to be:
- Pain relief in joints (glucosamine)
- Pain relief in muscles (MSM)
- Arthritis relief
- Lessening of stiffness
- Fewer side effects than conventional arthritis drugs
- Prevention of joint deterioration
- Blocking inflammation that destroys cartilage
If you’re experiencing mild joint pain, supplementation with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM can help keep that pain from becoming worse.
Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, recommends the following supplementation:
- 1000 milligrams of glucosamine twice a day
- 500 milligrams of chondroitin twice a day
- 500 milligrams of MSM twice a day
For busy professionals, the most convenient way to supplement with these three joint helpers is by taking 3 capsules of Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM from EnergyFirst twice a day.
More tips on safe, natural pain relief for aching joints can be found by visiting Building Stronger Joints.