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Posts Tagged ‘Joint Health Supplements’

Joint deterioration is a major concern as we grow older. While exercise and a healthy diet can help prolong their health, its often necessary to take supplements for knee pain and other joint problems. With the surfeit of products now being peddled online and in retail outlets, it can be difficult to obtain objective information on which supplements are the best. Here are some recommendations from Jonathon Cluett, M.D., of About.com:

~Glucosamine: an amino acid found naturally in the body. It may promote the creation of new cartilage.

~Chondroitin: often used in conjunction with glucosamine, it helps to build and preserve cartilage.

~MSM: also known as methylsulfonylmethane, it is believed to promote healthy ligaments.



Avoca ASU

Avoca ASU

Avoca ASU from Nutramax is a joint health supplement that contains non-shellfish glucosamine, NMX1000 avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  It also has decaffeinated green tea for antioxidant health benefits.  All ingredients are from non-animal origin.

So vegetarians and those allergic to shellfish now have a new treatment option for their knee osteoarthritis.  If you couldn’t take Cosamin DS – try Avoca ASU.



Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation,” and it causes varying levels of pain and loss of joint mobility. It also comes in more than 100 different forms, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Many sufferers would benefit well from natural remedies for arthritis instead of depending on medications that may have adverse side effects.

One effective natural remedy for arthritis is drinking juices high in anti-inflammatory nutrients. These nutrients include beta-carotene, which can be found in parsley, broccoli and spinach; and copper which is found in carrots, apples, and ginger. A glass or two of pineapple juice is also a rich source of the enzyme bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties.



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Vegetarians and OA

AVOCA ASU – a new product from Nutramax is designed for those allergic to shellfish or vegetarians looking for pain relief from non-animal origins.  The joint health supplement is made from non-shellfish glucosamine, avocados, soybeans, and decaffeinated green tea.

NMX1000 (non-shellfish glucosamine) Avocado/soybean unsaponifiable (ASU) and OptiMSM are the primary ingredients.  The decaffeinated green tea is added for its antioxidant health benefits.

The glucosamine in AVOCA ASU is intended to be a building block for cartilage, keeping cartilage cells healthy and functioning properly.  Studies using cartilage cells have shown that avocado / soybean unsaponifiables “lowers the expression of several compounds involved in the process of cartilage breakdown in the joints”.

ASU in conjunction with glucosamine produce a synergistic effect to provide pain relief for those suffering with knee osteoarthritis.



OA Effects Your Pets Too

OA Effects Your Pets Too

Aging cats and dogs are effected by osteoarthritis just like us.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is usually caused by wear and tear in older dogs.  Canines are prone to hip and knee arthritis.  And it usually shows itself as pain, swelling and stiffness.  Treatments for OA in dogs are similar to humans – decrease their weight, provide gentle exercise (your dog will tell you how much he/she can handle) and regulate their diet.

Cats do not present with the same symptoms as dogs.  They are also better at hiding their pain.  Seeing that cats sleep 13 to 16 hours per day you really have to pay attention to see if they are hurting.  A good measure of their joint health is to see if they jump as high or as often as they usually do.

Glucosamine is recommended to stimulate joint function and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats, dogs, horses, and humans!  Glucosamine is an important component of cartilage and is usually used in conjunction with chondroitin.

Nutramax, the manufacturer of CosaminDS, a glucosamine and chondroitin osteoarthritis supplement has a veterinarian division.  The company actually started as a manufacturer of a veterinarian joint supplements called Cosequin.  It wasn’t until a reporter for the New York Times wrote a story about how great the supplement worked for her dog that the products for human consumption took off!



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Glucosamine is naturally occurring in cartilage. Glucosamine’s primary function is to lubricate joints and help rebuild cartilage.  Glucosamine  does not have serious side effects and is safe for the treatment of osteoarthritis.   Glucosamine is made from shellfish so those allergic should take precaution.

There are non-shellfish glucosamine products available.

Chondroitin is regularly used in conjunction with Glucosamine.   Chondroitin, like glucosamine is found in cartilage.  Chondroitin improves elasticity in cartilage and helps protect the  joint from injury. Chondroitin has no serious side effect.  Though sometimes mild gastrointestinal issues can occur.



Many people think that arthritis is a singular disorder, but there are two distinct types, each of which affects the body differently. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage is worn down and two bones begin to grind on one another, which causes pain and limits range of motion. This condition can be expedited due to a joint injury or infection.  Luckily, several joint supplements are available to help combat the debilitating effects of this disease.

The other form of the disease is known as rheumatoid arthritis. With this condition, the body’s own immune system attacks joints, causing inflammation and pain. Eventually, this disease can lead to cartilage decomposition and other health risks.  This blog is intended only for those suffering from Osteoarthritis, not rheumatoid arthritis.



Knee arthritis is one of the most common illnesses among aging individuals particularly those over the age of 65. Depending on the type, arthritis may be caused by different factors such as; joint infection, or age. And among the most common types of such diseases are the following:

-Osteoarthritis
-Rheumatoid Arthritis
-Septic Arthritis
-Still’s Disease

Each type may show different symptoms, but there has been significant advances in joint health supplements that can work to combat the degenerative effects.



The Best OA Knee Pain Relief

Best Medicine for Knee OA

It is well documented that one of the most effective treatments to decrease pain in arthritic knees is weight loss.

Losing only 15 pounds can decrease knee pain by half and slow the progression of the disease.

The problem many patients have is a catch-22.  They need to lose weight but their painful knees prevent them from exercising.  Conservative treatments like joint supplements and knee braces can help!  The idea is to help you walk a little farther, sweat a little more, or exercise a little longer.  The cumulative effect over time can help you lose weight thus making your knees feel better.



There is a litany of prescription medications on the market today, many of which have the risk of unpleasant side effects. Thanks to advancements in medicine, however, there are natural supplements that can be taken for many ailments that have comparable effects to their prescription counterparts. For those suffering for osteoarthritis, particularly in the knee, glucosamine has been proven to provide relief.

Glucosamine is found naturally in cartilage, and research shows that when taken as a supplement, glucosamine can strengthen cartilage and aid in synthesis of glycosaminoglycan. Although glucosamine has been proven to promote knee health, it is typically used most effectively with chondroitin sulfate.