Which Form of Glucosamine is
Most Effective and Easiest to Administer?
There are three forms of glucosamine available
today. Injection, solid and liquid. One of the best ways
to take glucosamine from a chemical perspective would be to daily
inject glucosamine into your joints. There no commercially available products on the market today
that are in the injectable form. However, drinking a high quality liquid would
confer essentially the same benefits. Due to absorption issues
and potential problems with less effective forms of glucosamine,
pills or tablets are not recommended.
In humans, aside from the absorption reasons,
liquid is a great alternative to pills. Simply drink directly
from the bottle or mix with your favorite beverage. Most glucosamine formulas
that are not glycerin based will be soluble in water, a soft
drink or fruit juice. In pets, liquid is by far the #1 way
to administer glucosamine. Simply pour it over your pet's
food. No need for biting and scratching while you try to cram a pill
down your pet's throat.
How Do I Find the Best Glucosamine
In order to select a quality glucosamine
product, one must weigh several important elements to decide on a product that is best for you.
Glucosamine Evaluation Criteria:
Form: Liquid or Pill
Glucosamine Dose Size
Method of Administration
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The most important criteria is the form
followed by the dose size. Pills are simply not the best answer.
Pills contain glucosamine that is bound to many fillers and
stabilizers. Pure liquid glucosamine is simply a suspension
of glucosamine, without wasteful binders and fillers. This
leads to far greater absorption, more relief, less waste and
much better results.
The next important criteria is the dose size
of glucosamine. Most products on the market today contain
at least 1,000 mg of glucosamine. There is a reason for this.
Most clinical trials used 1,500 mg per day as their
dose size. Some manufacturers may provide 300, 500, or 750
mg of glucosamine, but then you would need to take several
doses a day just to get a dose of 1,500 mg.
Other ingredients are important as well.
For example, Chondroitin and MSM are generally used in combination
with glucosamine in what is known as a "synergistic"
way. Synergistic simply means that they work together to give
you additional benefits. Some beneficial
synergistic ingredients for arthritis are: Chondroitin Sulfate,
MSM, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Manganese
Ascorbate, Aloe Vera,
Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin),
C, Vitamin A, Vitamin
E, Bromelaine, and
Ingredient quality is an issue when many different
companies have been accused of trying to cheat their customers
by not actually selling the correct amount of product or by
using low quality ingredients. Look for a product that is
manufactured in a facility that holds GMP (Good Manufacturing
Practices) certifications. Contact information about the
manufacturer should be readily available online or on the
bottle and the manufacturer should have a toll free number
for product inquiries.
For many people, the total cost is something
that is important to consider. Premium products generally
fetch a premium price and it is fine to shop around but when
it comes to your health, it is generally recommended not to
skimp too much. Plus, many manufactures are out to trick you
with much less effective (and cheaper) KCl or NaCl forms,
or even with the completely ineffective glucosamine based creams. Most quality
glucosamine supplements will cost around $30 for a one
months supply. Be sure to compare the daily cost of the product
as well, as many pill form brands that contain 120 pills may require
you to take 5 or 6 per day to get 1,500 mg of glucosamine
The method of administration is important.
Many liquids out there are difficult to administer. One of
the easier ones is a product by the name of Flexicose. Flexicose
combines a clever built in measuring cup (no more spills or
fumbling around) with high quality liquid glucosamine at 1,500
mg per dose. Flexicose also includes Chondroitin, MSM as well
as 10 additional synergistic ingredients and is manufactured
in a facility that holds GMP and TGA certifications - some
of the most stringent in the industry. Because of all this, Flexicose is a best buy. More
information on Flexicose can be obtained at http://www.flexicose.com/.
Liquid glucosamine is far more convenient
to take, for both humans and pets. Have you ever tried giving
your pets a pill? With liquid glucosamine, simply pour it
over their food. Also, with liquid glucosamine, you can get
a much more concentrated dose. As a result, you only have
to take 1/4 to 1/2 ounce daily (depending on the brand), instead
of 3 - 6 horse pills.
Lastly, liquid glucosamine also has the added
benefit of working faster than pills, due to the faster absorption.
Instead of waiting months in some cases, liquid glucosamine
starts working within 1 - 2 weeks for most people. In some
more severe cases it may take up to 3 or 4 weeks to see its
effectiveness, but the effects are going to be stronger and
last longer than other drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, so
don’t give up. Relief is on the way and it is found
with high quality liquid glucosamine.
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