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Glucosamine for Arthritis and Joint Health.

For better body frame health: AIM Frame Essentials ®

glucosamine for joint healthAIM Frame Essentials ® offers a unique glucosamine complex in a highly digestible format that can promote ease of movement and provide much needed support for overworked and stressed joints and joint tissue.

While many other supplements may only contain one form of glucosamine, two types of glucosamine are incorporated into AIM's Frame Essentials ® formula, making this supplement truly unique. When taking AIM Frame Essentials ® , users will benefit from glucosamine sulfate plus glucosamine hydrochloride.

Additionally, many glucosamine users experience increased benefits when adding methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a biologically active form of sulphur. MSM serves to enhance the role of glucosamine in providing joint relief. Meanwhile, the AIM Frame Essentials ® formula also contains boswellin extract to help maintain blood supply to the joints, and help to reduce joint swelling, pain, and stiffness.

Ideal cell food for joints

Glucosamine may be the ideal cell food for joints. Many clinical trials have demonstrated that supplementing the diet with glucosamine results in less pain and an increased range of movement for those experiencing joint and cartilage problems.

Joint and cartilage problems are not just an affliction that impacts the elderly. Depending upon fitness level, occupation, and the amount of muscle and joint stress we have experienced in our lives, cartilage problems can begin when we are in our early forties.

Cartilage is the connective tissue that covers and protects the end of bones. It separates and cushions the bones, serving as a type of shock absorber to buffer our bones from rubbing together during body movement.

As we age, the millions of movements we have made in our lives begin to place wear and tear on cartilage. Cartilage begins to deteriorate. It may deteriorate completely, causing the bones to rub against one another, or the cartilage may break off into bits and begin to irritate the nearby soft muscle and tissue.

Joint pain and stiffness can begin at age 45

According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, the wear and tear of cartilage may become noticeable as early as age 45. The fingers, knees, hips, neck, and lower back are prime targets for cartilage wear. We sometimes feel stiff and sore in these areas. Meanwhile, joint pain is created as nearby muscles attempt to compensate for cartilage loss by working in ways for which these muscles were not designed.

Inflammation and damage to the joints and connective tissue (cartilage) is a condition often referred to as arthritis. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but the most common form is a called osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease, where as we have just described, the cartilage breaks down and causes the bones to rub against one another.

Osteoarthritis primarily affects the weight-bearing joints, including the knees and elbows, and can manifest with very painful symptoms. The results can be debilitating since this condition impacts our weight-bearing capacity. It can also create havoc for athletes or those with occupations where they absolutely depend on complete mobility.

Staying active is important

As we've seen, one might think that osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that only inflicts the elderly, but athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages are prone to the condition once they reach mid-age. The chance of developing painful joints only increases with age. For the older age group, injury most often occurs when we are participating in the sports activity that we routinely enjoy. In fact, sports-related injuries among those age 65 and older increased by 54 percent during a six-year period when studied by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Athletes and those who exercise regularly may place undue stress on the cartilage and joints of the body. Additionally, the repetitive use of a particular joint may increase the chance for wear and tear of the cartilage, thus causing the bones and surrounding tissue to become irritated, stiff and sore. Being overweight, increasing age, previous joint injury, or repeated damage to the same joint year after year, may further contribute to the problem.

For many people, the reason for age-related sports injury after the age of 40 might simply be this: lack of proper warm up and rest. Rather than push onward as we did during our younger years, experts recommend that we take time to give muscles and joints a brief rest during the sporting event. Starting every exercise routine with adequate stretching and warm up is equally important. Especially as we age, we need to get muscles moving slowly before strenuous physical activity begins.

Low-impact exercises to maintain muscle tone may also be helpful in reducing pain. (Weak or unused muscles may result in more pain.) Mild exercising may also help to maintain the full range of motion. Applying heat or cold can provide temporary relief after an exercising event, and health experts recommend relaxation techniques, as well as maintaining a stable, healthy body weight as key to avoiding sport-related injury and joint stress.

Glucosamine research

Since glucosamine is an amino sugar, it is made in the body from simple carbohydrates (glucose) and the amino acid, glutamine. Our bodies generally use glucose to produce energy, and the amino sugars found in glucosamine are incorporated into the structure of body tissue, such as muscle and nearby connective joint tissue.

Many clinical trials over the years have demonstrated that supplementing with glucosamine results in less pain and increased range of movement for those suffering from joint pain and stress to the connective tissues. Many have found that glucosamine performs better than ibuprofen in providing relief from joint pain, and stiffness, while providing better range of movement.

“Reasonably good evidence indicates that glucosamine supplements effectively relieve pain and other symptoms of osteoarthritis.” (The Natural Pharmacist, 2004)

“Besides relieving symptoms, there is some evidence that glucosamine might actually slow the progression of the disease.” (The Natural Pharmacist, 2004)

There is no indication that glucosamine interacts with other medications. Of course, you should always consult with your health care practitioner when adding something new to your diet. Children and pregnant women should also consult with a health care practitioner. Likewise, prolonged and/or severe pain should not be overlooked and may require immediate attention as a result of trauma or injury to the joints and limbs.