I am not a girl who likes to take pills. Generally I put off taking any kind of medication if possible and it took me the longest time to get into the habit of taking a daily multivitamin.
Lately I have realized the importance of taking pills to supplement my (sometimes poor) diet. My vitamin habit has gotten better – I take a good multivitamin for active women every morning. But now I am planning on taking something else: glucosamine chondroitin.
Glucosamine Chondroitin is a dietary supplement for good joint health. My friend, Miss Health Obsessed, told me a few days ago that she has been taking it because she works out so much (she has been training for a half marathon so she runs miles every day). She said it is great for protecting the joints and keeping them healthy.
After we chatted about it I decided that I should definitely be taking it. I am not running as much as her, but I do workout quite a bit. And because I weigh more than I should, activity is harder on my joints. In the last couple of weeks my joints have been popping and cracking – which FREAKS me out. I am 22, not 62, so I wish they were not doing that. So this terrible new development of popping joints has made me want to take better care of my joints. Part of taking care of my joints is losing weight so they are not so stressed, and another part is taking the proper supplements to protect them.
Joint health is so important! If your joints don’t work, you don’t move. Years of repetitive motion (oh, running!) or injuries can damage the protective cartilage that acts as a cushion covering the ends of the bones. Aging lessens the body’s ability to produce some of the nutrients necessary for joint function and cartilage. Either of these things can cause pain, inflammation and reduced mobility that make life harder and less enjoyable.
This supplement I bought was Spring Valley’s Two Per Day Formula of Glucosamine Chondroitin PLUS Joint Lubricants that contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and Hyaluronic Acid. The combination of these helps promote flexibility, mobility amd comfort.
The Glucosamine helps renew cartilage and joint tissue.
The MSM provides a natural form of sulfur that helps support fluid joint movement.
The Hyaluronic Acid it contains declines with age and is critical to maintaining joint strength, cushioning, and structural integrity.
Does anyone else take this or something similar? Am I taking the right supplement? Any doctors want to weigh in with some expert advice?
I started taking it today and I am glad I finally am starting to take care of my body properly. I really don’t want it to fall apart in the next five years. Hopefully it will last a long time if I take better care of it!