Swimsuit season will be here before we know it. As many of us are working harder to get into shape, it can really take a toll on our joints. Joint health products can be beneficial in easing joint pain and inflammation. Glucosamine and chondroitin combinations are the most popular due to their effectiveness. Glucosamine and chondroitin formulations have been around for a long time and have been studied more than most other supplements, but because some manufacturers have been cheapening the formulation, its reputation has been tarnished.
Glucosamine and chondroitin formulations continue to be the most popular and widely studied supplements for joint health, even with the introduction of other new products aimed at alleviating joint pain and inflammation. The National Institutes of Health conducted the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), a large scale, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, to examine the efficacy claims of joint health supplements using the standard combination of 1500 mg of glucosamine and 1200 mg of chondroitin. The study, the largest of its kind, showed positive results for this combination of glucosamine and chondroitin in providing relief of moderate to severe knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Glucosamine Plus Chondroitin from NutraSense carries the same formulation used in the study.
Due to the popularity of chondroitin products, demand for the raw materials has increased while supply has not. This has driven up the price. In response, some companies are substituting with sub-par ingredients, lowering the bar, or even worse, not claiming the label amount. Other companies are choosing to continue with the standard formulation and accepting smaller sales margins. NutraSense carries the same Chondropure chrondroitin sulfate used in the NIH study and stands behind the claim of the highest quality on the market.
In a recent blog for Natural Products Insider, author Weiguo Zhang said “It is my view that the industry should provide consumers with high-quality products based upon the classical joint health formulation of glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate with proven efficacy supported by the GAIT study. Worthy endeavors to look for alternative ingredients should be encouraged, but not at the expense of undermining consumer confidence in effectiveness of the widely used joint health supplements with chondroitin.”
Glucosamine Plus Chondroitin from NutraSense is the only glucosamine and chondroitin supplement of this high quality that is also made and sourced in the USA.