Joint Support Supplements
Joint support supplements stimulate formation and repair of damaged cartilage and other tissues. These kind of supplements require longer time to start to work - at least several weeks. They should not be treated as 'pain killers' that remove pain rather quickly and do nothing to remove cause of pain, on the contrary ...
There are several compounds that promote regeneration and health of cartilage, tendons and synovial fluid. We have tried to keep 'scientific wording' to minimum, but ...
Some joint problems can be cured with powders and pills, some only with surgery. Even if you must go 'under the scalpel', joint support supplements can shorten recovery time significantly.
Glucosamine is an amino sugar naturally produced in the body. It is precursor of glycosylated proteins and lipids used in regeneration and repair of cartilage. Oral consumption of glucosamine may increase rate of formation of new cartilage and regeneration of damaged one. This is great for problematic joints that don't need surgical treatment. Even after surgery, oral glucosamine is welcomed for faster recovery. Recommended dosage vary, but 1.5g each day is generally accepted dose for one to two months. There are some conflicting evidence regarding glucosamine effectiveness, but in
in practice supplements containing glucosamine sulfate have more or less proven themselves. Glucosamine sulfate is absorbed quickly and easily.
Chondroitin is the most abundant glycosaminoglycan (GAG) in cartilage. Actually, chondroitin sulfate is sulfated glycosaminoglycan composed of a chain of a alternating sugars. It is one of the compounds that make cartilage so compression resistant. Condroitin is not a uniform substance - it is naturally present in a wide variety of forms, but today, most supplement companies are using chondroitin sulfate derived from sharks. Daily dosage is around 0.5 - 1.2g.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) helps keeping ligaments healthy. The biochemical effects of MSM are poorly understood - supplement companies are bombarding with 'studies' showing great improvement in treating problematic joints, while deeper analysis of these studies often shows problems like small groups for better statistical accuracy, not double-blinded test and similar. Anyway, it is one of the best sources of sulfur which can be found in many body compounds found in hair, skin, joints etc. Sulfur is also key component of collagen.
Non the less, MSM in combination with other joint support compounds can make big difference.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in human body. Calcium prevents osteoporosis and this is probably its most known role. Recommended daily dose varies, but is generally around 1g. For more on calcium supplementation, please check Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, which makes many body parts such as muscles and blood vessels, stronger. Vitamin C is helps maintain healthy bones, skin, joints, tendons etc. For more on vitamin C supplementation, please check Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
Gelatin (Type II Collagen) may help prevent the degeneration of joints and may ... There are many 'mays' regarding gelatin as joint support supplement. Since gelatin is part of many supplements blends it is welcomed.
'Mighty' omega-3 improves many things, joints included. Actually, taking 2-4g of omega-3 per day significantly improves fatty acids profile and thus provides joints with more potential building blocks.
Since, omega-3 is so important, it should not be treated as supplement but as common food.
Zinc and other minerals
Zinc is very important mineral for healthy hair, nails etc. Zinc and other minerals are also found in many compounds of human joints. For more on zinc and other minerals, please check Vitamins and Minerals Supplements.
Joint problems most often accumulate over time and time is needed for them to heal properly. We can shorten this time using proper supplementation and resting, but that is all what we can do ... It simply takes time ...