Learn about herbs (and other nutritive ingredients) Chapter 2: Glucosamine & Chondroitin
Mobility is such a basic and vital part of life that few of us ever stop to give it a second thought. But as we age and put mileage on our bodies, we should consider taking action to support the cartilage tissue between our bones and joints. One way to do this is to reach for a supplement like Uleva Flex with Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
What is it?
Glucowhat? Chondrowho? While Glucosamine and Chondroitin are not exactly household words, they are widely used to help support and maintain healthy joints.
Found naturally in our bodies, Glucosamine Sulfate contributes to the healthy functioning of tendons and ligaments — as well as to the maintenance of the cartilage that surrounds our joints and cushions the impact forces resulting from normal movement. The Glucosamine found in most over-the-counter supplements is either harvested from the shells of lobsters, crabs or shrimp, or produced synthetically in a lab.
Much like Glucosamine, Chondroitin is a major building block of the cartilage, tendons and connective tissue found in the human body. The Chondroitin found in today’s supplements is developed from bovine or shark cartilage. As is the case with Glucosamine, Chondroitin can also be made in a laboratory.
Does it really work?
By combining two significant contributors to the body’s ability to maintain the cartilage that is so crucial to fluid and normal movement, supplements containing Glucosamine and Chondroitin aim to help support the healthy function of our joints.
Should I take Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
Who should take Glucosamine and Chondroitin? This power pairing is right for anyone who cares about optimal joint functioning.
Certainly, Glucosamine and Chondroitin are considered safe for most people and readily available without a prescription. That said, those with chronic liver disease are advised to avoid these supplements due to their link to changes in liver function. Individuals with shellfish allergies are also cautioned against the supplements because of the potential for allergic reactions. Always talk to your doctor before starting any new dietary supplement. Your doctor knows your medical history and any medications you may be taking, and is the best person to reach out to.
If you’re thinking, ok, but how much should I take? Indications vary. Ideal dosage of the supplement depends on the person, with lower doses typically ranging between 250 to 600 milligrams of Chondroitin and 350 to 800 milligrams of Glucosamine per day. These lower doses are also a great way to sidestep any of the potentially adverse side effects such as upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness and headaches that are often associated with high doses. Again, ask your doctor about what dosage is right for you.
With 360 milligrams of Glucosamine and 275 milligrams of Chondroitin per capsule, and directions that suggests one capsule on an as needed basis, Uleva Flex is designed to provide the best value to the everyday consumer. A lower dosage supplement like this one is perfect for anyone who is interested in exploring how Glucosamine Chondroitin can help support healthy mobility and general well-being.