The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

JOINT health and flex­i­bil­ity greatly im­pacts the qual­ity of our life. It is im­per­a­tive in al­low­ing us to be mo­bile and flex­i­ble so we are able to do our chores and func­tion with ease. How­ever, joint pain is in­creas­ingly com­mon, es­pe­cially with peo­ple en­gaged in sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, the mid­dle-aged (aged 55 years and over) and even younger ones in their 30s and 40s.

There are many fac­tors that con­trib­ute to joint ail­ments like os­teoarthri­tis. These in­clude in­ten­sive sports or ex­er­cise, oc­cu­pa­tions that re­quire repet­i­tive use of joints, pre­vi­ous in­juries, obe­sity and hered­ity.

Os­teoarthri­tis is a de­gen­er­a­tive joint dis­ease caused by wear and tear of the car­ti­lage. It com­monly af­fects joints that bear most of the body’s weight such as the knees, hips and spine. Clin­i­cal symp­toms of early os­teoarthri­tis are joint pain, ten­der­ness, stiff­ness, creak­ing sounds dur­ing move­ment, in­flam­ma­tion and lock­ing of joints. An im­por­tant mi­cronu­tri­ent that is present in our body, which helps build joint car­ti­lage and is re­spon­si­ble for lu­bri­ca­tion of joints is glu­cosamine sul­fate. With age and ex­ces­sive use of joints, (es­pe­cially those en­gaged in hec­tic and sporty life­styles), glu­cosamine sul­fate in our body nat­u­rally de­pletes. It is im­por­tant for the joints to get this im­por­tant mi­cronu­tri­ent daily to build our joints, en­able smoother func­tion of our joints and main­tain healthy joints.

Al­though sup­ple­men­ta­tion of glu­cosamine sul­fate is well prac­tised by mil­lions of mid­dle-aged adults and clin­i­cally proven that our body needs 1,500mg of glu­cosamine on a daily ba­sis – if taken in a sin­gle dose of 1,500mg daily, the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits are said to ben­e­fit joint health.

How­ever, a large num­ber of peo­ple on glu­cosamine sul­fate do not see the de­sired ben­e­fits be­cause they only con­sume sub- op­ti­mal doses. It is also pos­si­ble that they do not take it con­sis­tently for at least six weeks, which does not sup­port the re­quired nour­ish­ment and buildup of joints on a daily ba­sis.

A sin­gle dose of 1,500mg glu­cosamine sul­fate helps to counter the wear and tear of joints that takes place in­side our bod­ies, given our daily hec­tic life­styles. Daily in­take of glu­cosamine sul­fate (sin­gle 1,500mg dose) fa­cil­i­tates car­ti­lage pro­tec­tion , lu­bri­cates and nour­ishes col­la­gen.

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