If you’re looking for knee pain relief, or perhaps looking to avoid or delay knee replacement surgery, recovery may be found in joint supplements. Two of the most common ingredients in joint supplements for knee pain relief are glucosamine and chondroitin.
Together, glucosamine and chondroitin provide chondrocytes–the type of cells in cartilage–with the building blocks they need to repair cartilage for knee pain relief. However, not all joint pain supplements are created equally.
Be sure to buy supplements with quality glucosamine for knee pain relief
According to JointSupplementsReviewed, glucosamine sulfate is an inferior ingredient to glucosamine HCl. According to a raw material supplier the site interviewed:
“There is a chemical test to test the purity of the substance: the residue on ignition test. To perform the test, a sample is mixed with sulfuric acid and burnt off. The residue is weighed and compared to the original amount that was there. Glucosamine HCl commonly yields a residue on ignition test of 0.10% max while Glucosamine Sulfate yields up to 30.0% max! This means that a sample of glucosamine sulfate will have about 30% impurities.”
Therefore, more top rated joint pain supplements have glucosamine HCl instead of glucosamine sulfate on their ingredient list.
How long before glucosamine can provide knee pain relief?
The February, 2003 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, cited a study wherein researchers found that general mobility improved starting four to eight weeks after treatment with glucosamine.
The size of the study was relatively small, involving only 24 people who took glucosamine and 22 who took a placebo. The patients ranged in age from 20 to 70 years and all were seeking knee pain relief due to previous cartilage damage or osteoarthritis that was severe enough to limit their daily activities.
By the conclusion of the study, 88% of those receiving glucosamine reported knee pain relief compared to only 17% in the placebo group — even though the participants did not know which pill they were taking.
Have you found knee pain relief using joint supplements containing glucosamine? Has another supplement helped?