I listen to a lot of podcasts, that shouldn’t be news to anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis. But within the past week on two different podcasts I heard people talk about glucosamine supplements. When I heard it the first time I shrugged it off, but when I heard it the second time, I asked myself “what is a glucosamine supplement?”
It’s a little confusing to me to be honest, but I’ll do my best to explain it to you: glucosamine is a combination of glucose and glutamine, an amino acid. Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body and it’s used to create and repair the body’s tissues. But, like all good things, as we age, our bodies start producing less glucosamine.
So who exactly would use a glucosamine supplement? People with joint problems would benefit from taking a glucosamine supplement, specifically those with osteoarthritis, and more specifically, those who suffer from knee osteoarthritis. By taking a glucosamine supplement, the body could potentially repair the damaged cartilage, or slow down the progression of the osteoarthritis.
However, a 2006 study found that those who take a glucosamine supplement didn’t experience any less knee pain than those who took a placebo. But, what works for some might not work for others.
As always, I suggest talking to your doctor to explore your options before you begin taking anything, even an over the counter glucosamine supplement. Some are made with the shells of crabs or shrimp, which can be dangerous to those with an allergy to shellfish.
I’m relatively young still, not even in my mid-thirties yet and I exercise regularly. I’d like to think of myself as being healthy, but one thing that concerns me is my creaky knees. Whenever I bend down when I’m exercising or simply to pick something up off the ground, my noisy knees sound like they’re grinding. What does that mean, and should I be worried?
It seems that creaky joints are fairly common and don’t necessarily mean that you could be developing arthritis. The point at which you should become concerned is if your joints are they’re swollen, sore, stiff, or if they buckle without warning. Fortunately, my creaky knees (and sometimes my hips) are just noisy and don’t bring me any discomfort.
As I mentioned, when you feel pain is when you should see the doctor. Knee pain can mean a number of things, such as joint inflammation and knee effusions, the latter of which is when your knee is producing more fluid to increase lubrication and cushioning. If you find your knee gives out without warning, that could mean that your cartilage or your knee joint is damaged.
But if you don’t have any of the above symptoms, what can you do to silence creaky knees? Research using guinea pigs found that omega-3 oil helped to loosen joints and helped to prevent osteoarthritis in the guinea pigs. Many people also find that their creaky joints feel better and become quieter when using a fish oil supplement rich in omega-3 oils, such as the Arctic cod live oil available at Onnit. This particular cod liver oil is contains no fish body oil or artificial additives.
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