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    glucosamine-chondroitin or alternatives?

    having not ridden for a long long time, I'm starting up again, training for a possible endurance race in 2013. I've always had issues with my knees popping/clicking/cracking (well you name a joint and it does that, I spent the first 18 years destroying my body.. when I walk up stairs I sound like bubble wrap). In the past I have taken glucosamine-chondroitin and it has worked... BUT, its ridiculously expensive (for being ground up sea-shells) and you have to take a LOT of it (3 horse pills, 3 times a day) until it takes affect (then 2 pills, 3 times a day).

    I'm kind of hoping for some alternatives/suggestions, otherwise I'm probably going to have to start buying the stuff in bulk LOL
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    Just use the glucosamine. Chondroitin hasn't shown anything in clinical trials. Try bodybuilding.com. Buy the large bottle. $.10/pill. Adds up, but worth it if you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    Just use the glucosamine. Chondroitin hasn't shown anything in clinical trials. Try bodybuilding.com. Buy the large bottle. $.10/pill. Adds up, but worth it if you need it.
    cool, good to know! how about "MSM"? I have also seen fish oil as a supplement (heart and joint health)?
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    I've used glucosamine for many years after I had some knee problems. Knees fine, now have arthritic back. Added MSM, a cheap fix if it works and who knows if it's done anything. I also take fish oil, two big ones a day. Many people take like 6 of them, but I have to draw the line somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    I've used glucosamine for many years after I had some knee problems. Knees fine, now have arthritic back. Added MSM, a cheap fix if it works and who knows if it's done anything. I also take fish oil, two big ones a day. Many people take like 6 of them, but I have to draw the line somewhere.
    thanks! this is all great info.
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    interesting article on MSM in the Wikipedia... considering I have a fairly high protein and garlic intake (I use garlic in everything), as well as some Onion... perhaps I don't need the MSM.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylsulfonylmethane
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    Gave up on Glucosamine . Have same rotten knee issues ( broke it skiing and it has a metal bolt now). Got the doc to prescribe Pensaid, which is a clear liquid NSAID , you just rub in where it hurts. So no flooding whole system with Aleve, Advil etc. Works for me, use it anywhere you ache.

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    There are some great products on the market for joint health. In addition to glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM look for a product which uses Bromelain or Turmeric. RegiMEN Men's anti-aging has a great product, Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory that is working wonders on the inflammatory response from chronic injuries. Several friends have tried it and got great results.

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    I injured my knee in high school trying to learn to wakeboard. I get the same cracking from that knee when I straighten it, and when I took up cycling it would bother me, especially if doing a lot of climbing.

    I started taking Glucosamine Chondroitin, and have been for the last year and a half. It's been a long time since my knee has bothered me when riding, and that includes a little bit of racing.

    Question though - what type were you taking, and what dosage directions? Yes, the pills are big, but I have only ever taken 2 pills once a day.

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