With one in five adults in the US reporting joint discomfort, joint products are increasingly popular. These joint products support joint health by rebuilding cartilage, nourishing connective tissues, lubricating joints, influencing enzymes, and neutralizing free radicals.**
Joint products may preserve space between joints while keeping cartilage plump and cushy, slowing the progression of joint problems.** This may translate to better mobility, flexibility, comfort and performance of daily activities.** Many natural compounds support healthy joints, but the three most popular are glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.
What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a natural substance found throughout the body. Glucosamine is highly concentrated in the joints, where it nourishes cartilage and connective tissue.** Glucosamine helps trigger regeneration of healthy cartilage cells, supporting the proteoglycans that lubricate joints.** We can make our own glucosamine, but as we age we lose this ability. Taking a glucosamine supplement can compensate for natural glucosamine decline and supply the body with abundant raw materials for joint health maintenance.
What is chondroitin?
Chondroitin is another natural compound that is used by the body as a building block for connective tissue, especially cartilage.** Chondroitin helps the body's natural process of repairing joints and connective tissues.** Chondroitin sulfate may inhibit the enzymes that break down cartilage in the joints.** Chondroitin also increases the amount of hyaluronic acid and collagen in the joints, assisting with structure and lubrication.
What is MSM?
Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is an organic sulfur compound present throughout the body. MSM is used to develop and maintain various tissues, including nails, skin and hair (as such, MSM has shown promise as a beautifying nutrient as well).** When it comes to joint products, however, its role in the development and maintenance of connective tissue is most critical.** MSM supports flexibility and physical function in those with joint issues.**
In addition to the Big Three, glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM may all be complemented by nutrients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, omega-3 fatty acids, Boswellia serrata, turmeric, eggshell membrane and others.** All these compounds have shown promise for promoting joint comfort and supporting full range-of-motion.
Glucosamine/Chondroitin Directions for Use
Glucosamine is often taken at a level of 1500 mg. One research study administered 2000 mg of glucosamine daily for 12 weeks. Recommended chondroitin levels are generally 800-1200 mg daily.