Before each commitment and investment we often spend countless hours researching our options to ensure we get the best fit for us, so why then for our supplements, do we just walk into the supermarket and select our supplements solely on price. Our current and future health and wellbeing is an investment, and the lifestyle changes we make to improve our future deserve to be considered carefully.
Joint and bone health supplements are especially important to look into, as some of the actives contained in budget brands can pose greater health risks than they solve. They also require active ingredients beyond those that you may be familiar with and in order to make the best choice for your health you must be informed.
Glucosamine is important for maintaining the elasticity, strength, and resilience of cartilage in joints.As we age the body is less able to sustain optimal glucosamine levels, leading to stiff and painful joints and the onset of osteoarthritis It has been shown to not only maintain healthy cartilage but to stimulate the repair of damaged cartilage too . Glucosamine can come in a variety of forms, the two most common are glucosamine sulfate, and glucosamine hydrochloride.
Glucosamine is an unstable compound and to be efficiently supplemented it must be stabilised before consumption. Glucosamine sulfate is stabilised with sodium chloride, or table salt. Glucosamine sulphate can contain as much as 30% sodium, and is often significantly less concentrated . The salt content of glucosamine sulphate supplements will also affect the dosage required to meet the daily recommended intake. Studies have shown that glucosamine sulphate has 74% purity, and a dosage of 2,608 mg of glucosamine sulphate is necessary to reach the same dosage of active glucosamine as 1,500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride . With the tablets containing a higher salt to glucosamine ratio, it is necessary to take more tablets to reach the same effective dosage of glucosamine.
The less common form of glucosamine found in supplements is glucosamine hydrochloride. Glucosamine hydrochloride 99% pure glucosamine and is naturally stable so does not require additives or preservatives . Glucosamine hydrochloride can provide the same benefits as glucosamine sulphate but is more efficient and does not possess high sodium content. Sodium, of course, is an unhealthy additive that can have detrimental effects on your heart, arteries, kidneys, and brain.
Next time you’re walking down the healthcare isle in the supermarket and see that red sale tag, take a look at the actives, go home, and research. Your health is an investment into your and your family's future, you deserve to know that you are putting the best supplements in your body.