Common Ingredients and Their Functions
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Trying to find a joint supplement can be a daunting task if you don't already know what you want. (Sometimes even if you do.) Here are some of the more common ingredients used in joint supplements and how they are supposed to help.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)||Plays an important role in tissue hydration and lubrication. It works (in part) by binding to water to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as the joints and muscles.|
|Glucosamine||Natural compound found in healthy cartilage. Used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues. |
|Chondroitin||Helps cartilage hold water and inhibits cartilage metabolism. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates the production of cartilage and hyaluronic acid.|
|Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)||An organic form of sulfur that supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle. It also decreases the pressure inside the cell which may assist in alleviating pain and inflammation.|
|Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)||Functions in four different ways - lubricating joints, as an anti-inflammatory, as an immune system regulator and as an analgesic or painkiller.|
|Ester-C||Strong pH-neutral form of Vitamin C which is essential for the immune system function and tissue growth and repair. It is absorbed more rapidly and excreted more slowly and has also shown great pain relief properties for joint and musculoskeletal issues. |
|Perna Canaliculus|| Comes from the green-lipped mussel (an edible shellfish). An important constituent of the green-lipped mussel is glucosamine, a building block of cartilage. It also contains natural agents that help with pain and inflammation, particularly as related to arthritis, and improve joint mobility.
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