5 Things Everyone Must Know Before Taking Glucosamine

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Have you ever considered adding supplements to your wellness routine and felt overwhelmed by all the options? We’re here to help you gain a true understanding of Flex, our glucosamine supplement. Once you understand what it is and why it's important, you’ll be on the road to happier joints (and more!).

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.

In addition to bone and joint support, you can reap additional benefits of taking glucosamine. Other benefits of glucosamine include improved digestion and immune support. It also can assist in digestion to reduce stomach bloat, constipation and hard stools.

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.

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Can Glucosamine Cause Weight Gain?

The reality of taking glucosamine is that it can cause weight gain, but!! Weight gain while taking glucosamine is usually based on your eating habits. Depending on the amount of carbohydrates or fats you are eating, you may see an increase in weight. But don’t let this little factoid stress you out. Xyngular will guide you through proper eating habits with our nutritional guide and healthy meal plans to help keep any unnecessary weight gain to a minimum.

Glucosamine And Weight Loss

So if one of the side effects (based on your eating habits) could be weight gain, then how can glucosamine help with weight loss? Glucosamine does so many things for our body, and one benefit that has been seen for nearly 50 years is that glucosamine reduces metabolism of nutritive sugars. Studies show that supplementing your diet with glucosamine can actually assist your body in breaking down amino acids which are essential in helping your body productively use carbohydrates. When our body uses carbs that means less carbs turn into fat which cause extra weight.

When Should I Take Glucosamine?*

The best time to take your glucosamine supplement is… the same time each day, no matter what time that is.

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. 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.

Since Flex only needs to be taken once per day, we recommend choosing a set time each day and stick with it. It really doesn’t matter when that is, just be consistent. If you are taking other medications, be sure to chat with your doctor about adding a glucosamine supplement. Be sure to ask if there is an ideal time to be taking glucosamine based on your other medication schedule.

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.

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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.

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