Joint problems are common with advancing age and excessive exercise. These types of situations are common and are not taken seriously because they are perceived as simple. After all, the treatment is either not complete or ineffective.
So we need support to support the treatment process and heal joints more effectively. Glucosamine And Chondroitin and MSM are my first choice as a physician for joint injuries.
Having received a lot of questions about this topic recently also accelerated the preparation process of the article. Because I see that there are too many questions on the subject.
In this article, you will see the definitions of Glucosamine And Chondroitin and MSM separately, learn about their benefits and explore their use.
If you are ready we go!
What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is an amino acid-sugar combination that is normally produced in your body. It helps to keep joints healthy by increasing collagen synthesis in the body and reducing the destruction of existing collagen.
Because collagen is one of the most important elements that make up the cartilage structure of the joints, and collagen destruction is common in joint damage.
In addition, the anti-inflammatory effect of glucosamine helps relieve the pain, swelling, and redness caused by immune cells in sudden damage. In other words, glucosamine has the same effect as many gels and medicines that we prescribe as a physician for injuries.
If the response to damage and inflammation becomes continuous, it prevents healing. I can say that people who do extreme and regular sports and the elderly are at risk here.
In fact, studies show that glucosamine use relieves complaints such as joint stiffness and pain caused by osteoarthritis, a chronic disease.
Benefits of glucosamine supplements,
- Naturally reducing inflammation caused by constant pressure in joints,
- Keeping joints healthy by reducing collagen breakdown,
- To recover the injured joints by stimulating collagen production,
can be listed as.
Which is the best glucosamine?
Glucosamine can come in several different forms. The most commonly used of these are glucosamine hydrochloride and glucosamine sulfate.
Studies show that as a result of using the same amount of both glucosamine types, the glucosamine sulfate molecule is 6 times more in the blood ( 3 ).
So if you want to benefit, you should choose glucosamine sulfate.
How is glucosamine used?
Glucosamine is generally considered safe. But some studies show that glucosamine intake, although rare, can disrupt liver function tests, meaning it can cause mild liver damage.
The most important thing to do here is to consume glucosamine supplements under the supervision of a physician. The recommended dose will be 300-500 mg three times a day, that is, a total of 900-1500 mg of glucosamine per day. My advice is to consume it after meals.
If your blood sugar levels are unbalanced, if you have insulin resistance or diabetes, you should try to keep your blood sugar under control while using glucosamine.
Because using glucosamine can raise your blood sugar.
What is Chondrotin?
Chondrotin is a substance found naturally in people’s support tissues. We know that this substance is in synergy with glucosamine.
In other words, chondrotin helps better recovery by supporting the effects of glucosamine.
But research on chondrotin still does not reveal a clear result. Some results indicate that there is no significant difference between glucosamine alone and glucosamine + chondrotin combination.
My personal opinion is that chondrotin intake improves joint health.
Chondrotin supplementation benefits glucosamine
- Decreasing collagen breakdown,
- Increasing collagen production,
It can be described as strengthening its effect. In addition, the use of chondrotin alone also affects collagen metabolism positively, although not much.
How is chondrotin used?
Chondrotin is a supplement that has been tried and proven in many people. A suitable and effective dose would be 300-400 mg chondrotin supplements three times a day, ie 900-1200 mg in total.
Although rare, chondrotin supplementation may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. If you experience itching, redness, and similar reactions, I recommend that you stop using chondrotin.
What is MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)?
Body parts containing dense sulfur, such as cartilage tissue, need excessive sulfur during the re-repair process. Here, besides the use of glucosamine and chondrotin, a sulfur depot such as MSM offers additional resources for construction and speeds up repair.
We also know that MSM reduces inflammation. In other words, the use of MSM may be beneficial for osteoarthritis patients who do chronic exercise and experience constant inflammation.
- Provides the sulfur source needed in the joint construction process,
- It reduces chronic inflammation that damages the process of repairing joint damage,
and therefore speeds up the joint repair process.
How to use MSM?
There are no serious side effects reported with MSM. But the important point here is the sulfur you get with your diet. Because if you are getting enough sulfur with your diet, you won’t need excessive amounts of sulfur.
My recommendation to all my patients is to take 900 mg of MSM daily with glucosamine and chondrotin.
Glucosamine And Chondroitin, and MSM: Conclusion
Glucosamine And Chondroitin and MSM is a supplement that I can recommend to repair joint damage and reduce future damage. This trio especially,
- Individuals who exercise intensely and suffer from joint pain,
- For people who are overweight and have joint discomfort,
- People with joint problems due to advanced age,
They can use. In addition, I recommend the use of Glucosamine And Chondroitin , and MSM in the athletes I follow, without entering the intense training tempo (in the pre-season period), whether or not there is injury. Of course, before you use it, consult your physician.
Although you can buy and use Glucosamine And Chondroitin, and MSM products one by one, I am in favor of not separating this trio because they strengthen each other’s effect. Therefore, I do not recommend single products.
My daily dose recommendation will be to consume a total dose of 1200 to 1500 mg for glucosamine, 900 to 1200 mg for chondrotin, and a total of 900 mg for MSM after meals.
So what are your thoughts on glucosamine, chondrotin, and MSM? Don’t forget to share it with me!