Thursday, September 24, 2009

Alternative Supplements - What else is there besides Glucosamine and Chondroitin?

As the evidence mounts that Glucosamine and Chondroitin are not going to help everyone, are there other supplements out there that may help relieve the pain of knee arthritis?

Before going into a few options I repeat my advice that:

1) It doesn't matter what studies on other people have shown, if it works for you, go for it.
2) If it doesn't work for you after a reasonable period of time, save your money. (If a product is going to help, you should know within 3 months).

So, what else is out there?

Firstly there is Cetyl Myristoleate, also known (thankfully) as CM8. This can be bought combined with glucosamine in tablet form. There has been research into the effect of CM8 and there have been some positive findings. More research is currently in the pipeline so hopefully more positive results to follow. It is likely it will help some but not all arthritis sufferers so it is worth a try but remember - you are only giving a supplement 3 months to prove itself.
CM8 can be bought online under the trade name Flexcin

The second alternative is a natural product based on the Mediterranean diet. Researchers have long studied people from the area due to their lower rates of heart disease and stroke. What many are unaware of is that they also have healthier joints for their age. There are supplements available that take key components of the Mediterranean diet and combine in one tablet. These do not contain any Glucosamine or Chrondroitin are are extremely unlikely to have any side effects. Some will promise results in days but the usual couple of months is sensible to accurately judge if a product is going to be of benefit to you.
Natural Joint Supplement is one such product.

Despite plenty of conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of supplements I continue to see people who swear by them. Finding a non-pharmacological supplement that helps your arthritis is of great benefit but natural variation plays a role - you may be one of the lucky ones, you may not. My advice is to sensibly try out a few supplements giving them 3 months (and 3 months only) to show they work for you. Do not take multiple supplements simultaneously - if it works you won't know which one is beneficial and which one is not.

Only continue past 3 months if there is a measurable improvement in your symptoms. If you are not sure after 3 months, stop taking the supplement and see if your symptoms increase over the coming weeks, if they do, you know it was working.

Good luck!

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