What do runners, body builders, power lifters, and soccer moms all have in common? Achy joints.

Just recently my joints started to hurt more often than I’d like because of my increase in cardio for summer. This has led to having bad leg days in the gym and less intense cardio sessions.

Not many of you know this but throughout college I worked at GNC and also Olive Garden all while prepping for competitions and struggling with school.

While at GNC I was able to learn a ton about supplements including a few on joint support.

Below I’ve listed 4 joint supplements that I take or have took in the past:

1. MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane

It’s an organic sulfur-containing compound that that could decrease the effects of stress and pain, fight inflammation, increase immunity and boost energy levels.

It also has active sulfur. This is a great thing because sulfur is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It's primarily essential for different critical bodily functions every day. MSM is mainly linked to treat Osteoarthritis and joint pain caused by work outs. Primarily because it helps decrease joint inflammation, improves flexibility and restores collagen production.

It is not just limited to providing miracles to joints but it also aids in digestive problems like Leaky Gut Syndrome and treats skin problems like Rosacea, Allergies and wounds.

2. Chondroitin

Chondroitin is one of the most sought after joint-supporting supplements used to treat the pain and loss of function associated with osteoarthritis and joint pain due to training. It primarily helps rebuild cartilage naturally as Chondroitin is a major component of cartilage that helps it retain water.

Chondroitin is naturally made by the body but can be manufactured in the form of supplements synthetically or from the cartilage of animals.

The idea is that taking extra glucosamine and chondroitin in supplement form helps your body replace damaged or worn away cartilage much faster.

3. Glucosamine

Chondroitin sulfate works together with glucosamine. Glucosamine is also a natural compound found in healthy cartilage. It has anti-inflammatory properties and help with cartilage regeneration. If made in a supplement form, it can be done synthetically too or can be harvested from shells of shellfish.

Experts say it is best to take glucosamine in a 5:4 ratio, glucosamine sulfate (1,500 mg): chondroitin sulfate (1,200 mg) for a 120-200 pound person.

The differences in effectiveness of chondroitin may also be caused by variations in dosing and quality of the supplements. The chondroitin content between different brands can vary a lot so make sure to check the label.


4. Fish Oil

Fish Oil is another supplement perfect for joint support. The two types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). EPA and DHA can reduce inflammation, which causes swelling and pain.

Fish oil also lowers blood triglyceride. These are fats that circulate in the blood­stream thus protecting against heart disease and helps reduce high blood pressure. Fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in individuals with arthritis and joint pains due to training.

You already know that weight lifting can be brutal on your joints.

After a rigorous session of hardcore powerlifting or running the kids around to soccer practice you're more likely to feel the pain after. Regular use of a good joint support formula is beneficial to reduce the inflammation in your joints and relieve your pain.

Approved Tip: Try finding products that have a combination of MSM, Chondroitin, and Glucosamine all in one pill.

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