What Are The Benefits Of Taking Glucosamine?
Glucosamine exists naturally within your body. This compound is literally the building block for a ton of molecules in your body, but it’s primary function serves as developing and sustaining cartilage in your joints. It’s also a popular ingredient in dietary supplements. In fact, some studies suggest glucosamine represents 20% of all supplements taken each year behind the very popular omega 3 fatty acids, which is taken by about 40% of all those who take supplements. The primary purpose for taking glucosamine is to help with bone and joint support. Other benefits of glucosamine include: weight loss, improved digestion, immune system boost, support of healthy knees, jaw health maintenance, and may improve overall comfort levels.
Does Glucosamine Really Work?
One of the biggest reasons why individuals take glucosamine is to help support a healthy back and joints. This is a tricky question because glucosamine along with chondroitin sulfate are literally naturally occurring compounds to support normal cartilage support. These two are the foundation of stimulating the body to make more healthy cartilage. With that said, when answering if glucosamine really works, then you’d have to say yes. Otherwise, why would your body produce it naturally?
You’re probably wondering then, ‘Why take glucosamine?’ As you age, your body begins to see a reduction in the production of proteoglycan, one of the vital components of cartilage. Likewise, as we age we see an increase in the enzymes that break down cartilage lining the bone in our joints that move against each other. This also happens for some people before they enter the later ages of life: genetics, joint injury, gender, being overweight, individuals with strenuous occupations, diet, and even ethnicity all impact the reduction of this compound in the body. Being overweight by a mere 10 pounds can put an extra 30-60 pounds of force on your joints with every step. Essentially, joint health affects everyone. This natural reduction of proteoglycan results in increased stress on joints. Chondroitin and glucosamine are required for the natural synthesis of proteoglycan in the body. Taking a glucosamine supplement may increase the amount of cartilage and fluid to the joints and potentially can help reduce the pace at which we see this natural decline of proteoglycan in the body.
When Should I Take Glucosamine?*
With most glucosamine supplements, it is suggested by some experts that you take it with your meals to support digestive health. Along those same lines, they also suggest you try and hit at least 500 milligrams three times a day for proper supplementation. At Xyngular, our featured product for joint health, Flex, doesn’t require any of those restrictions when it comes to supplementation. With Flex, you can take Flex on an empty stomach, can take it whenever you want (morning or night), and you only have to take one serving one time a day. There’s also some more cool features of Flex we’ll talk about in a little bit. You’ll learn more about Flex below.
Can Glucosamine Be Taken Long Term?
Short answer: Yes! In fact, with most glucosamine supplements on the market you won’t begin to see the benefits until weeks (and sometimes months) later, so it’s vital you continue to take it long term. Because you will likely be taking glucosamine for the long term, it’s equally important that you find a glucosamine supplement which features the highest grade, premium ingredients. Those who experience the nasty side effects of glucosamine (nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, bloating, etc.) are usually those individuals who found the cheapest option or the one with the most reviews on Amazon. Remember: the world of reviews on Amazon and other sites are sketchy at best. FakeSpot estimates around 30% of reviews on Amazon are fake. According to the National Capitol Poison Control, some glucosamine products tested were found to contain less or more glucosamine than what was listed on the label AND in some cases, the product was found to be contaminated. Needless to say, opt in for the best ingredients because glucosamine is not a short term, quick fix supplement.
What Foods Naturally Contain Glucosamine?
Believe it or not, there are no natural food sources for glucosamine. Whereas most glucosamine supplements are sourced from shells of shellfish (crabs, lobster, shrimp, etc), there isn’t a list of vegetables, fruits, or protein options you can make a note of on your next grocery list. This is probably another reason why glucosamine supplements are the 2nd most popular dietary supplement taken. Furthermore, this is why it’s so important to supplement glucosamine in the first place.
Flex: The Xyngular Solution For Optimal Joint Health*
Strenuous activity, physical work, natural aging, and even being just a little overweight can put a lot of extra stress on our joints. In fact, being overweight by as little as 5 pounds may put an extra 15-30 pounds of extra force on your knees. To counteract the issues of joint deterioration, to keep your body in motion, to keep you active and flexible, Flex helps lubricate active joints, nourishes and strengthens connective tissues, and helps reduce joint inflammation associated with physical activity.
Flex contains no soy, only has to be taken once a day, contains no stimulants like caffeine and green tea, contains zero nuts, uses vegetarian capsules, manufactured in the U.S., can be taken on an empty stomach, is a great option for post-exercise joint recovery, and can be taken with other Xyngular supplement. Our premium Flex formula of glucosamine and boswellia serrata are one of the most effective duos on the market to support your joints and help reduce inflammation often associated with exercise.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.