Inside your joints, cartilage is undergoing a constant process of breakdown and repair. The body requires the building blocks of cartilage to be present and available. Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are three of these natural substances found in and around the cells of cartilage that help this process.
Glucosamine is an amino sugar that the body produces and distributes in cartilage and other connective tissue. It is believed to help develop and renew cartilage (the hard connective tissue mainly located on bones near joints in the body), and keep it lubricated for better joint movement and flexibility. Glucosamine is believed to make a cushion around joints that have become thin and stiff.
Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance formed of sugar chains. It helps cartilage retain water – keeping it healthy – while also blocking enzymes that can break it down. Chondroitin is believed to help the body maintain fluid and flexibility in the joints.
MSM is a synergistic addition to glucosamine and chondroitin supplements – it also helps joint discomfort, especially of the knee. MSM is a naturally-occurring sulfur compound containing sulfur and methyl groups. It is found in the normal diets of humans and almost all other animals. MSM is made up of 34% sulfur, the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It has shown benefits for a range of health problems, including muscle and joint discomfort throughout the body. It’s critical to the production of healthy collagen — the building block of nails, skin, hair, joints, and other connective tissues.
In the course of aging, the body’s production of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM decreases, which leads to conditions like joint problems. The combination of these 3 substances into a supplement aids the body in maintaining healthy joints – one supplement enhances the positive effect of the other. This nutritional supplement also helps people with osteoarthritis or other inflammatory joint disorders to facilitate the healing of their joints by ensuring a steady flow of nutrients to deficient areas of the body.
Many people with osteoarthritis and knee pain use supplements in their diet to ease their pain. Clinical research has shown that these nutrients are safe and can effectively promote pain relief, joint comfort, and improved knee function.
The Reflex team can customize a supplement program to protect your joints and aid in pain relief. Call our office at (503) 719-6783 to schedule an appointment.