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Old 07-16-12, 11:05 AM
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Glucosamine Chondritin supplement recommendations

Does anyone have any experience (good, bad, indifferent) with the Glucusamine Chondritin supplements? I see that Osteo Biflex advertises in bike magazines. I have a variety of joint issues which I want to address.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-16-12, 12:32 PM
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Glucosamine sulfate has been proven to help certain joint conditions. Not so with chondroitin. In any case, this stuff is much less expensive generic, find at many, many online supplement stores. Note that it only helps some people, not everyone. It works for me. Generally, take a relatively high dose for a month and see if it helps. If so, continue at a lower dose. If not, waste of money.
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+1. I use the house brand from Costco (Kirkland?) Works for me as well. I can hammer away on my fixed gear bike and when I do start to feel sore at the end of a long ride, recovery is rapid (much better than in the past). You have to give it a while because it doesn't hit your joints all at once, it's a gradually increasing benefit until you hit a steady state.
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Old 07-16-12, 01:29 PM
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I've been taking Trader Joe's house brand glucosamine and chondroitin tablets for a number of years. Do they help? I don't know. I had a knee problem some years back that hasn't recurred, but that's no guarantee that the tablets help. Still, it's cheap insurance.

My theory now is that the knee problem was caused by having the seat on my mountain bike too high. After a ride, I was at a friend's house and started to kneel to point something out on his computer display, and something kind of went "sproing" in both knees. After that, walking was difficult and going upstairs nearly impossible. It gradually got better until now I can walk and go up stairs normally. The high seat theory came about after a long ride on which everything south of my navel became numb. I've lowered the seat and had no more problems.
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I started using the TJ G+C tablets, too, to address an annoying "clicking" I felt in my knees in the morning, usually when walking down stairs. Went away after about a month and has not come back over several years. No cycling-related fit issues that I think were relevant, and my pedaling style is more of a high cadence spinner than masher. YMMV, and remember that the plural of anecdote is not data.
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Old 07-16-12, 02:44 PM
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My Dad swears by Move Free, which I buy for him at Costco. He has been on it for a while. If my knees start acting up, my plan is to give them a try. I say try them and see for yourself.
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I tried a combination of both while I was using a cane because of arthritis. It didn't do a thing for me.
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Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
My Dad swears by Move Free, which I buy for him at Costco. He has been on it for a while. If my knees start acting up, my plan is to give them a try. I say try them and see for yourself.
I use move free as well which I buy from costco. I think it works, but When my knee acts up i change behaviour (relax a while and avoid high impact exercise) and i take the supplements and of course the knee gets better. Is it from both the glucosamine and rest or rest alone...cant say for sure.
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I have been using CVS brand for a few years; getting in on sale. I use the triple strength Glucosamine w Condroitin. After my first year of use, I took myself off it & my knee problems returned in a couple of months, so I went back on. Last year I switched to double strength & started noticing my knees again, so went back to the triple. Placebo affect or not, I am glad to be thinking of some of my other weak links than my knees.
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