Ready to Supplement with Glucosamine and MSM?: Choosing the Best Option

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Now that you have decided that Glucosamine and MSM might be right for you, even as just a complementary approach to your current treatment, you should know that there are many different kinds of Glucosamine and MSM complexes out there. After the breakthrough 1999 Lancet article, many manufacturers rushed out to push a product out the door. While this allowed Glucosamine to reach the masses, almost all of the products were in pill (solid) form. According to the Physicians Desk Reference, only 10 – 20% of solid vitamins and minerals are absorbed, versus as high as 98% of liquid equivalents. This is very important when you are deciding on a Glucosamine supplement. If you decide on a solid pill form, you could be wasting up to 80% of what you are paying for. With a liquid formulation, you are getting far more absorption. Also, some solid Glucosamine formulations try to sell you on the Glucosamine Sulfate * KCl or * NaCl. The KCl and NaCl are known as “the salts”, designed to bind to the Glucosamine molecule, which consequently take up weight, cheaply. You may be paying for up to 30% or more of the cheaper NaCl (table salt) or KCl, while still giving you the labeled dose of “Glucosamine.” So if you see KCl or NaCl on your bottle, it is recommended that you find an alternative form (Glucosamine HCl or Glucosamine Sulfate). We also recommend that you stray away from Glucosamine Creams as they are rarely effective.

Quick Product Review:
Flexicose Liquid Joint Care:
Form: Liquid
Type(s) of Glucosamine: Glucosamine HCl and Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM
Quality: Superior Quality, Bioavailable
Osteo Bi-Flex:
Form: Solid (2 pills)
Type(s) of Glucosamine: 1,500mg Glucosamine HCl
Quality: unknown/not listed
Form: Liquid
Type(s) of Glucosamine: 1,000mg Glucosamine HCl
Quality: unknown/not listed

To maintain joint health and flexibility, I personally recommended the liquid glucosamine brand Flexicose. Flexicose alone has a unique blend of 14 high quality synergistic ingredients and contains 1,500 mg of glucosamine per dose. You may purchase Flexicose affordably directly on their website at: You may also order over the phone by calling 866-486-0421 (M-F, 8-4, Central).

Other brands of Glucosamine include: Osteo-Bi-Flex, Arti-flex
Common COX-II Inhibitors: Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra
Common over the counter NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen
Now added to the list: Acetaminophen

Glucosamine supplementation is much safer than a long-term, potentially dangerous NSAID solution.

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