CATEGORY: Natural Supplements for Back & Joint Pain Relief
TYPES: Glucosamine Hydrochloride, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), Glucosamine Sulfate, Synthetic forms
QUALITY BRANDS: Wellesse Joint Movement Glucosamine, Extra Strength Caplets, Osteo Bi-Flex with 5 Loxin, Doctors Best Joint Support, Now Glucosamine & Chondroitin Plus MSM Caps, Natures Bounty Flex-A-Min, Jarrow Formulas Glucosamine, Nature Made Triple Flex, WynnPharm Dona Crystalline Glucosamine Sulfate – Maximum Strength Dietary Supplement, Kirkland Signature Glucosamine Chondroitin HCI, Move Free Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM Vitamin D3 & Hyaluronic Acid Joint Supplement, Glucosamine Synergy, Boswellia Serrata and Spring Valley Triple Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin Tablets.
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN for BACK PAIN PROS:
> Many people report joint pain relief with consistent use. Does appear to work for a fair amount of people.
> Easy to use
> There are many reputable supplement companies to purchase from
> Many studies claim overall effectiveness for reducing joint pain & increasing joint range of motion, while many studies show it’s ineffective for the same
> Deemed fairly safe
GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN for BACK PAIN CONS:
> Any treatment that needs to ingested can be tricky – often times the effectiveness of ingestibles varies with: dosage; and user’s metabolism, sensitivity/tolerance, allergies, and unique bio-chemistry, etc
> Doesn’t provide immediate relief – usually requires 2-6 months to notice a difference which can effect user’s motivation & willingness to continue ingesting
> Many studies show ineffectiveness for reducing joint pain & increasing range of motion, while many studies claim it’s effective for the same
> Studies show best results for participants with knee osteoarthritis
> Side effects include upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness, and headache, but not likely in lower; doses. Still may be a good idea to consult your doctor before buying Glucosamine Chondrioton.
> May be cost prohibitive for some if insurance will not cover
> Doesn’t address any form of mechanical misalignment – which is the the leading cause of chronic back pain
Glucosamine pills do not provide relief for lower back pain. There was no benefit of glucosamine compared to placebo. You would get the same result from taking sugar pills as taking the real deal.
– Philip Wilkens, Research fellow at Norway’s Oslo University, Study (referenced above) was Published in July 7th 2010 Issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association
The use of glucosamine & chondroiton for back pain has yielded mixed reviews. Some studies claim it’s effective for back pain, while other studies claim it isn’t. The difference between glucosamine & chondroiton compared to the BODY-ALINE is that one provides nutrients to support the spine, while the other provides a means of mechanical support & alignment for the spine. Mechanics is a much more straightforward approach to back pain compared to altering bio-chemistry, and inherently less risky. If you can afford both, then do both because Glucosamine & chondroiton is certainly worth a try. However, if you can only afford one of these treatments, the BODY-ALINE is a much safer bet. Many have asked the question: “Does glucosamine & chondroiton work for back pain relief?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better solution for most chronic back pain, compared to the use of glucosamine chondroitin supplements for back pain.
A Personal Review of Glucosamine & Chondroiton for Back Pain Sufferers from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
I remember my late grandfather using glucosamine & chondroiton for about 6 months and proudly showing me how he could bend his middle finger all the way down to his palm – something he wasn’t able to do before. So I have witnessed the effectiveness of this supplement first hand. However, I have never met anyone who claimed it cured their chronic back pain. My guess is that if you could somehow be guaranteed that ALL the nutrients of glucosamine & chondroiton were being fully absorbed into all your connective tissue (collagen), including your vertebrae, the benefit to structural integrity would still NOT be enough to overcome the constant throbbing of low & upper back muscles from poor posture. Glucosamine & chondroiton readily absorbs into collagen but has little direct effect on muscle tissue.