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Sore, tender, painful joints?

The ABCs of Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate and Celadrin explained.


Glucosamine Sulfate


What is it?


A natural substance found abundantly in the body, glucosamine is an amino sugar composed of glucose (blood sugar) and an amino acid called glutamine. (Hence the Glucosamine name.)

Glucosamine appears to play a role in the formation and repair of cartilage, the smooth rubber-like padding covering the ends of your bones. In other words, glucosamine functions as the 'glue' that holds together the cartilage.

As you might expect, when you're deficient in glucosamine, it can lead to cartilage degeneration. Which, in turn, leads to joint tenderness, pain and reduced mobility. So, whether made in the body or taken as a supplement (eg. Lubramine G), glucosamine helps to improve joint function.

Numerous clinical studies show how glucosamine benefits those suffering from joint problems, by working to repair the cartilage. In particular, taking glucosamine sulfate orally significantly improves symptoms of pain and functionality in patients with medium to severe osteoarthritis of the knee. The studies were conducted over a three-year period.

Ibuprofen vs. Glucosamine


Most people who seek advice from their doctor will be prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, which will temporarily mask the pain of arthritis, without addressing the root cause of it.

Glucosamine, on the other hand, goes to work on repairing the damage, as glucosamine is readily absorbed from the intestine and stays in the blood for several hours with very little excretion.

Remember, Rome was not built in a day. That's why a comparison between glucosamine and Ibuprofen is not really fair. While managing joint pain appears to occur quicker with ibuprofen than with glucosamine, that's because glucosamine repairs the cartilage, whereas ibuprofen simply masks the pain.

Long-term benefits outweigh the short-term relief


However, as treatment time continues, the long-term benefits of glucosamine overtake the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. So while some people report relief within a few days of taking glucosamine, others find it takes a few months for them to become aware that the pain has reduced considerably.

Several clinical studies have shown that glucosamine sulfate taken at a dose of at least 400mg three times a day produces significant improvements in the symptoms of pain, joint tenderness and swelling.



Chondroitin Sulfate


What is it?


Chondroitin sulfate, found naturally in the body, is part of a protein that gives cartilage its elasticity and resiliency.

Chondroitin provides two other benefits. It protects joints by blocking production of the enzymes that destroy cartilage. It also has the benefit of strengthening the protein strands that make up joint tissue.

Chondroitin provides similar benefits as glucosamine, but it acts more like a sponge, drawing fluid into the tissues. This attracts essential nutrients to the area, thus making your cartilage better able to absorb shocks.

Chondroitin and Glucosamine: Joint Health Co-Partners


In other words, while glucosamine plays a role in the formation and repair of cartilage, chondroitin gives cartilage its elasticity. For optimum joint health, the combination of these two cartilage proteins are needed to increase the rate of formation of new cartilage. It's also why popular joint supplements like Flexeze™ and Lubramine G™ contain both glucosamine and chondroitin ingredients.

Recent studies have shown encouraging evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can provide help with treating osteoarthritis (OA), the most prevalent type of wear-and-tear arthritis. However, more research must be completed to confirm the recent findings.

While the chondroitin supplements hold much promise for joint pain sufferers, there are other things you can do to minimize the progression and improve symptoms of osteoarthritis. Simple things like weight control, exercise, proper use of medications, and joint protection all help in the treatment of arthritic problems.



Celadrin


What is it?


Celadrin, often called a 'cellular lubricant, is a natural blend of fatty acids that belong to the same family as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. The fatty acids are also thought to replace lost fluids in joints, therefore promoting mobility and flexibility and reducing pain with no side effects.

As a natural ingredient, celadrin has been medically proven to reduce inflammation and lubricating cell membranes in the joint area.

Over time, because of aging or sports, our joints wear and tear. As a joint health compound, celadrin enhances cell membranes throughout the body, providing your cell with a youthful fluidity and elasticity. This includes enhancing the fluids that cushion your bones and joints to maintain flexibility and mobility, so you can move with ease and without pain.

How Celadrin works
  • The cause of wear on the joint area can be attributable to inflammation as well as insufficient lubrication and cell membrane fluidity.
  • Celadrin provides continuous lubrication and allows the cell membrane to repel inflammatory chemicals.
  • Celadrin stops the cascade of inflammation and the assaults on the membrane, which cause it to stiffen and be less effective.
Celadrin is available either for oral or topical applications. It has shown to be very safe and efficacious as evidenced by gold standard, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical and scientific studies.

Celadrin provides new and different anti-arthritic action. It may used along with other joint supplements, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, empowering them to perform faster and more efficiently in building joint cartilage.

In fact, Celadrin has been clinically demonstrated to work many times faster and is significantly more effective than glucosamine/chondroitin combined or any other natural joint health products on the market today.





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