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How to Evaluate a Glucosamine Product
by  J.R. Rogers

What is Glucosamine?
Scientific studies show that glucosamine can be very beneficial in fighting osteoarthritis in both humans and pets. It has been proven effective in easing osteoarthritis pain, assisting in the rehabilitation of cartilage, renewing synovial fluid, and repairing joints that have been damaged from osteoarthritis.

Each person produces a certain amount of glucosamine within their bodies. When people grow older, their bodies lose the capacity to make enough glucosamine, so the cartilage in their weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees, and hands is destroyed, then hardens and forms bone spurs, causing pain, deformed joints, and limited joint movement.

These findings were first reported in the early 80's in the European medical community. By the end of the 1990's, numerous double-blind, placebo controlled, glucosamine studies had been published, all reporting that glucosamine was indeed very effective in easing osteoarthritis pain, and that it was safe for long term use.

With such great news spreading very quickly, the glucosamine industry exploded. Almost every major nutraceutical or vitamin company put out a glucosamine product, and today it can be purchased in just about every food store, health food store, vitamin store, wellness clinic, and chiropractors office.

Glucosamine products are not created equal.
There are five main factors that you need to analyze when selecting a glucosamine product. These are:

  • Amount of glucosamine per daily dose
  • Type of Glucosamine
  • Quality of Ingredients
  • Delivery System
  • Synergistic Ingredients
  • Price Per Day
One of the most important of these factors is the system of delivery. In their rush to the market in 1999, 2000, and 2001, the very large majority of companies simply put their glucosamine in pill or capsule form. However, with glucosamine and all other vitamins and supplements, it is a well known that liquids are absorbed faster and more effectively than solids. Absorption is a very important thing to look at, simply because, if you are not absorbing the glucosamine, you will not have any relief whatsoever no matter how much you take.

The Science Backing Liquid Glucosamine
Glucosamine provided in liquid form is absorbed more quickly, much more fully, and provides greater and longer lasting relief. You see if you are taking 1500 mg of glucosamine in capsule form, and you absorb 20% of this, you are really only getting 300mg of this actually absorbed into your bloodstream. However, if you take 1250mg of glucosamine in liquid form, 80-85% of which is absorbed, you are getting approximately 1000 mg of glucosamine actually absorbed into your system per day, which will provide much fuller relief, much more quickly.

Instead of receiving some relief in 6-10 weeks (many people receive no relief at all) with glucosamine in powder form from capsules, those who use a high quality liquid glucosamine formula can expect to notice results in about 7-14 days. As the pain is being eased, the liquid glucosamine also assists in rehabilitating the cartilage by renewing the supply of synovial fluid by producing the molecule nutrient protogylcans.

Furthermore, for those who do not like to swallow pills, liquid glucosamine is much easier to take. So, what are the leading liquid glucosamine products out there and how do they stack up? Click to view our recommendations for liquid glucosamine products. (This product guide was prepared by the makers of Syn-flex)

Syn-flex® is a fast-acting, high-quality osteoarthritis formula for humans and pets. Formulated with pharmaceutical quality liquid glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, and nine other arthritis-fighting ingredients, Syn-flex® will not only ease your pain quickly, it will slow the progression of your osteoarthritis. Learn more about Syn-flex® here.

J.R. Rogers is the founder and President of Activex America, Inc. makers of Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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