Most Common Supplement for Osteoarthritis

So many people suffer from all types of joint pain. In some cases the pain is due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, which can result from trauma to the joint or just wear and tear on the joint as we age. The pain from osteoarthritis comes from inflammation around the joint and damage to the joint from the disease. It generally begins with the wearing of the cartilage and when the cartilage is worn down it leads to bone on bone. Besides a proper exercise program and healthy diet there is one supplement that is most commonly used for osteoarthritis. My personal training clients and I have tried it and it may help you.

Most Common Supplement for Osteoarthritis

Glucosamine is the supplement that most of my clients have tried for joint pain. Many of my clients feel that is does help. A number of my clients felt that it worked so well that they stopped taking other over the counter medications like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Alive). Other clients; however, felt it was non-effective. The recommended dose is 1,500 mg per day and you need to take it for a few weeks, if not months, for its full effect. I have personally tried it a number of times and it did not work for me. I had no side effects from it; however, and would try it again.

There have been a number of studies on the effectiveness of glucosamine but the results have been conflicting. Some studies have shown that taking 1,500 mg a day can slow cartilage degeneration while other studies have not. Glucosamine is commonly sold in conjunction with chondroitin. Animal studies have suggested that chondroitin may increase the effectiveness of glucosamine, but it is inconclusive.

Glucosamine is found naturally in the body and is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage. The reason for taking it; therefore, is to help your body repair and build cartilage. Glucosamine is manufactured in a laboratory from substances found in the shells of shrimp, crab, lobster, and other sea creatures. Glucosamine appears to be a safe supplement when taking the recommended dose with only mild side effects like upset stomach. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplement; however, to ensure that it is right for you.

Overall, I would give it a try if you have joint pain. There are not too many down sides to taking it. If you were going to try it I would recommend you take it in the form of glucosamine sulfate as apposed to glucosamine hydrochloride because the sulfate version has been better studied.

Let me know if you ever tried it and did it work for you.

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3 Responses to “Most Common Supplement for Osteoarthritis”

  1. Mike,

    Sounds legit since it’s a natural compound. I try to stay away from supplements that aren’t natural.


  2. I’ve had plenty of clients that have found it very beneficial. One thing I’ve noticed is that it depends on the client’s ailments or degree of pain. Some with very progressive arthritis just can’t get enough relief from glucosamine or even prescription meds.
    My wife was feeling knee pain during her softball games and started taking it regularly and hasn’t felt any discomfort in her knees since, and that was over five years ago. It is definitely worth trying since it’s much safer than prescription or many OTC drugs.

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