Knee discomfort and pain, neck pain, low back pain and others are so common that I want to provide you with some joint health supplements reviews. In my practice, I find that these products help so much in alleviating daily aches and pains that people suffer from, and yet they are hardly ever recommended by physicians. There are a lot of products on the market, of course so I am going to discuss the products I use in my practice to give you an idea of what each of them is for, and what to expect should you decide to start taking them. Again, there are many many products out there to review but this article is going to provide a range of joint health supplements reviews and why you might consider one or products.
This is a powdered joint support formula endorsed by former NBA basketball star Scottie Pippen. It’s a product formulated by Market America and is Isotonic in nature, meaning it has up to 90% absorbability. This product has 3 ingredients – Glucosamine, Pycnogenol and Hyaluronic acid, a very unique and effective combo. I recommend this product to those with joint injuries, arthritis, chronic inflammation in the joints due to wear and tear. I generally don’t recommend this product to those with autoimmune issues. It’s involved in resolving inflammation, but more importantly it helps joint repair. The point of it is to rebuild cartilage, and reduce pain.
Glucosamine (HCl) 1000 mg
Glucosamine is a compound that is naturally synthesized in the body from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is an key constituent of glycosaminoglycans, part of the cartilage matrix and synovial fluid. As we get older, our bodies age, we are less able to produce this important molecule, resulting in weak and rigid cartilage. Glucosamine is a bit elusive as the mechanism for how it works is still unclear. Studies have shown however, that glucosamine supplementation can support normal, healthy cartilage cell production to help maintain overall joint health.
What people don’t understand about Glucosamine is that it requires a loading dose. Meaning you need to start high, at 3x the recommendation; do that for 2 weeks, come down by 1000mg and then after 2 weeks, reduce by 1ooo more. This is the way to take it. I would also say that Glucosamine can cause blood sugar disturbance, so be sure to eat 30 minutes after taking it if you have any blood sugar problems. Because this product also has pine bark in it, it’s blood sugar effects should be less.
Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) 25 mg
This is such an interesting and well reserach antioxidant. Pine bark, or it’s trade-name, Pycnogenol is a water-soluble, flavonoid complex with a wide range of benefits from hormone health, especially testosterone and prostate health, vision health, heart health and of course joint health. Pycnnogenol is similar to the purple antioxidant (proanthocyanins) found in grape seeds, pycnogenol is extracted from the bark of the French Maritime Pine tree. Many nutritional and biological studies have looked at the anti-inflammatory properties of Pycnogenol.
To understand inflammation we have to understand that it is part of the normal healing process. As such, inflammation is an essential component of the body’s defense system, and can be triggered from various internal and external processes. When inflammation becomes chronic then it causes damage, at times, to the very tissues it was attempting to heal in it’s acute stage Pycnogenol has been shown help support your body’s natural defense system by limiting inflammatory responses to what’s needed for healing, rather than continuing on and becoming a problem. Relevant studies have shown that Pycnogenol assists in the to cross-linking of collagen fibers to relay a foundation for connective tissues. See links to the research at the bottom of the page, HERE.
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) 25 mg
Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in tissue hydration, lubrication and cellular function. Although it is produced naturally by the body, the level of hyaluronic acid diminishes with age, contributing to joint discomfort. It is a key component of cartilage, and is important for skin, joint and eye health. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to help maintain strong, healthy cartilage. It may also enhance synovial fluid production and promote normal healing.
There are a lot of turmeric products on the market, and even a lot of curcumin products. Curcumin is the name for the group of medicinal constitutents from the super root turmeric. Curcumin – from curcuminoids, normally needs to be mixed with fat, and some pepper, or ginger in order to be absorbed. If you think about a curry – has ghee or oil, as well as spices other than turmeric. The antiinflammatory and anticancer properties of turmeric have long been studied, but turmeric on it’s own is not very absorbable. It generally needs to be mixed, and taken every 2 hours, as it doesn’t last long in the body. Food as medicine is ideal but to get a therapeutic dose, one needs to take 1 tsp every 2 hours for pain reduction, for example. That’s why so much research has gone into turmeric supplementation. This product uses my favorite compounded turmeric called BCM-95 . BMC-95 is a specific formulation that has been shown to last up to 8 hours in the body. It doesn’t need to be taken with spicy black pepper or cayenne, or fat in order to be absorbed cause the essential oils of the turmeric are included in the product. It works very well for pain relief and anti-inflammatory, and has been studied to help the COX-2 and LOX and NF-Kappa Beta pathways making it even more helpful than your regular NSAID – antinflammatory drug.
This product also contains Broccoli Seed Extract (6% Sulphoraphane Glucosinolates) 167 mg , which supports healthy liver metabolism and detox, improving hormone and cholesterol conjugation. Broccoli seed extract is a powerful source of sulphoraphane glucosinolates, reknown to all cruciferous vegetables. Sulforaphanes supports the production of Master Antioxidant, Glutathione, helping to protect liver cells from damage from drugs, chemicals and normal processes because it recyles. Also helps the body recycle innate antioxidants Vitamins C and E, reducing free radicals further. Sulphoraphanes work to support the process by which genetic information is copied exactly from DNA to RNA, without generating mutations. Therefore this product is protective against cancer.
Selenium (Selenomethionine) 100 mcg Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, that also happens to be an essential mineral cofactor for making proteins such as glutathione peroxidase. It protects cells that could be damaged from oxygen species and other free radicals. Selenium helps to convert inactive thyroid hormone (T4) to active thyroid hormone (T3), and is involved directly in the methylation pathways. Selenium accumulates in the prostate and the cervix, thereby promoting their health. Selenium is also an important modulator of the immune system by promoting normal growth and development of T helper cells.
Tell me, would you try a joint product instead of taking a tylenol or advil for pain? Tell me your thoughts.