Glucosamine for Joint Health – Which Form to Use

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Glucosamine for Joint Health Cooper CompleteAccording to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects millions of Americans. In this chronic joint condition, cartilage deteriorates. In healthy joints, cartilage covers the end of each bone cushioning the bone and providing a smooth surface for joint motion. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage breaks down over time causing a range of unfavorable symptoms such as:

  • Joint pain – especially after repetitive movement which often worsens later in the day
  • Stiffness – especially first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • Creaking or grating
  • Tenderness and swelling
  • Bone spurs

With osteoarthritis, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, increased physical activity, and incorporating stretching may make a significant difference in managing symptoms. Supplementation has also been proven to be beneficial.

Why use Glucosamine for Joint Health?

Glucosamine helps build cartilage. Unlike other nutrients, it is not obtained directly from food, but instead is manufactured naturally within the body. Due to extensive research regarding osteoarthritis, using glucosamine for joint health makes it one of the most popular supplements on the market. As is the case with Cooper Complete Joint Health, glucosamine is commonly found in conjunction with chondroitin as some believe combining the two is more effective. Overall, glucosamine appears to reduce pain and improve function for osteoarthritis sufferers. While research is still unfolding, scientists believe there may be many reasons for the positive impact glucosamine has, such as:

  • Slows cartilage corrosion and joint damage
  • Repairs existing damage
  • Lubricates joints
  • Helps cartilage retain water

Why Glucosamine Sulfate?

There are three forms of glucosamine available:

  1. Glucosamine sulfate
  2. Glucosamine hydrochloride
  3. N-acetyl glucosamine

There is some dissension in the science community over which form of glucosamine is best. One study shows evidence that the hydrochloride and sulfate forms are equally effective; however the vast majority of research has been done on glucosamine sulfate. Furthermore, some researchers believe the sulfate included in glucosamine sulfate is an important component as sulfate is needed by the body to produce cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate has been shown to significantly decrease pain scores (by about 28 to 41 percent) and improve functionality by 21 to 46 percent.  Multiple studies have shown glucosamine sulfate is comparable to anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Glucosamine sulfate may take longer to start working than ibuprofen and similar medications, but it appears to have sustained effects once it is incorporated into the system.

The Cooper Complete team of researchers and physicians recently reviewed the Joint Health formula and decided to use glucosamine sulfate moving forward.  A high level of care and expertise goes into each Cooper Complete formulation. The body of scientific research is ever expanding and Cooper Complete will continue to refine our products based on the latest research and findings.

Recommendations for Taking Cooper Complete Joint Health

  • If starting Joint Health for the first time, take the product for at least two months before evaluating the results. It takes some time to know whether or not it will relieve your symptoms.
  • Approximately 70 percent of those bothered by osteoarthritis find glucosamine and chondroitin supplements such as Joint Health provide relief with joint issues.
  • While Joint Health was originally developed for those who suffer from osteoarthritis, Cooper Complete customers regularly report that taking Joint Health helped relieve other repetitive motion pain such as tennis elbow. If you struggle with aches and pains not associated with osteoarthritis, you may still consider trying Joint Health.
  • Joint Health has not been associated with significant side effects. Do not take Joint Health if you are allergic to shellfish.
  • If you have tried Cooper Complete Joint Health in the past and found it did not relieve your symptoms, it may be worth another try to see if the new formula with glucosamine sulfate has better effects on your joint pain.
  • Always consult your physician before adding a new supplement to your routine.

 

If you have questions about using glucosamine for joint health or any other Cooper Complete supplements, call 888.393.2221 to talk with our team of experts or email customerservice@cooperhealthyliving.com.

Article provided by Cooper Complete team.

 

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