Old 01-31-2011, 08:25 AM
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Hi there,

I’m new here, so apologies if this has already been discussed. I searched but couldn’t find much on the forum on some of these specific nutrients. I’m just looking for some advice really from you helpful folks.

My dance teacher is suffering from arthritis in his hips and it’s getting worse. He’s in his late 40s and it’s getting more and more painful for him to move around at all, let alone dance. He’s been talking about hip resurfacing (instead of hip replacement), but it’s such a long time till he can get that done. I don't want him to be suffering so much (and, a bit selfishly, I want my dance teacher dancing again!)

He’s already tried some treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic, pressure tank and a diet change to remove all processed sugars. I wanted to see if anyone here had tried any of the nutritional supplements I’ve dug up and if you have any advice about supplements in general.

There seem to be lots of things with Chondroitin and Glucosamine, and they seem to be available easily.

There are fish oils, some of which claim to perform better than Glucosamine. And there are different sources, each of which seems to claim to be better than the others. Is it all Omega 3, basically? And is all Omega 3 equal or are any particular sources better than others? <link removed>

I had a supplement suggested by a doctor –*a combination nutritional supplement that contains Collagen Type II (a natural source of Amino Acids, Glucosaminoglycane like Glucosamine, Chondroitine and Hyaluronic acid), Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, Cellulose (capsule of plant origin), Magnesium Aspartate, microcrystalline cellulose, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Sulfate (from the shells of shrimps), Chondroitin Sulfate (from shark cartilage), Vitamin C, Zink Monomethionine, Manganese Gluconate, Cooper Gluconate, Vitamin B6 as Pyridoxine HCL, Boron. <link removed>

Anyone have any experience with any of this stuff? Could it really help?

I’m not sure which way to go now. The supplements aren’t cheap and I’m generally unsure about the claims they’re making. Does anyone have any experience with any of these? When I'm reading their webpages what should I look out for? Is there anything I should be worried about?

Thanks for your help!

Captain Bill
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:06 AM
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I am taking something called joint vibrance which is quite similar to the formulation listed and something called avacado soy unsaponifiables. I am getting some relief.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:30 AM
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Here are some natural supplements for arthritis. Evening primrose, hempseed, flaxseed and borage oils. They are effective, cheap and popular. Also, go for vitamin D, calcium and magnesium for regenerating the damaged bones in your knees.
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Serrapeptase and CMO. Fish Oil.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:45 PM
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Default Supplements for Arthritis

Hello folks,

I've been really impressed with results I've seen with a product called Arthocin by Europharma (also known as Terry Naturally). It's a formulation of several highly prepared anti-inflammatory and regenerative herbs.

The website has all the specifics and backs it up with some clinical studies done using the product.

My personal experience was using another very similar formula by the same company called Curamin (a turmeric/curcumin based formula). I had great results in reducing a weird jaw muscle/inflammation thing that occurred a couple months back. I experienced pain relief within 45 minutes of taking the product (which is almost ridiculously fast).

My neighbor had a more chronic type of pain, arthritis, and saw comprehensive pain relief within a couple days and with no recurrence after finishing the entire 1 month supply (same product). Pretty impressive. Worth looking into, anyway.

The Arthocin product is slightly different but geared towards more long term, chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Glucosamine sulfate in combination with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane...biologically available sulfur) and high quality Essential Fatty Acids (fish oil, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, etc.) take a while but work most of the time for most people. Figure on 4-5 weeks to see results but the results will be long-term and comprehensive. They'll actually stimulate a healing response and help your body form cartilage, ligaments, and tendons while also reducing the inflammation.

When taking EFAs, focus on quality and be sure to take enough to be truly therapeutic. 1 softgel a day is not going to deliver solid results, especially if it's a crap product. Go for quality and you're more likely to see a positive outcome.

Captain Bill, I hope for you to find a happy resolution.

Thanks to everybody for sharing their thoughts.

Dream well and blessed be,
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Thanks so much to all of you for the helpful comments and ideas.

Serrapeptase, Curamin and Arthrocin all sound promising, not to mention the variety of different oils and minerals too. I'll start gathering some of this stuff.

I notice that there are lots of possibilities for taking individual ingredients separately and then a few options for pre-combined formulations like Arthrocin. I like the idea of the one formulation specifically targeted at the condition. I've found another combination product called <product name removed> that sounds really promising too. It's got some Glucosamine Sulfate and MSM along with some minerals and also Collagen Type II. Does that sound helpful? It doesn't seem to have the fish oils.

Is there anything I should look out for to work out if it's any good? How do you guys decide which ones to try and which to avoid?
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