Joint Supplement Reviews | A review of joint pain supplements by Justin Check
Hi, I’m Justin Check, a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. I get asked all the time about joint supplements, so today I’m going to review five popular glucosamine products and how they differ. Many people believe that all joint supplements are created equally. Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth. When you think of joint care you likely think of glucosamine blends and yes there are many glucosamine products available but they can differ greatly from one brand to another in effectiveness and timeline for results. Today we’ll review 5 popular brands and the differences between them. Let’s start with Supple which is a convenient, premade drink system.
This product has several supporting vitamins and minerals but its active ingredients are Glucosamine and Chondroitin. These ingredients can help with proper joint function but they are large molecules and your body can only digest and absorb about ½ the amount in each serving resulting in a long time period before results are seen. Second,, we’ll review Flex-a-min which has a few different formulas primarily consisting of glucosamine & chondroitin and including their trademarked ingredient Aflapin which is a patented extract of Boswellia Serrata. Boswellia Serrata has been shown to have healing and pain relieving properties for several centuries, however, the customary therapeutic amount is 300-500mg daily and Flex-a-min only includes 100mg in each day’s serving. Next we have Osteo Bi-Flex, a dietary supplement which requires 2 caplets each day. This product goes a bit further than just glucosamine and chondroitin and adds MSM, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid. One note of importance, they do not have Collagen Type 2 which is the most effective and bioavailable collagen. This product is comprised of large molecules that your body cannot fully digest to receive the benefits.
The fourth joint supplement we’ll review is Move Free which has a variety of products, some with glucosamine and some without. They currently tout just one small tablet daily for great results and this product includes 40 mg of cartilage and 3.3 mg of hyaluronic acid which is below the threshold for the daily therapeutic amount and therefore it may take a longer time period before results are seen. The final supplement we’ll review is Flexcin. Flexcin has almost all of the ingredients mentioned from the other formulas plus a unique ingredient called Cetyl Myristoleate, or CM8. This natural compound works in 3 main ways: 1st as an anti-inflammatory, next as lubricator and finally as an immune system regulator which is why this product is helpful for auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis whereas glucosamine only blends typically can’t help with these conditions. Flexcin also adds a digestive enzyme blend to ensure all molecules are digested and absorbed so you get the benefit of all of the powerful ingredients which also means you’ll see results sooner. So there you have it – not all glucosamine products are created equally.
There is one that is most comprehensive and can be digested and absorbed and that product is Flexcin.
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