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Supplements for Knee Joint Pain

Knee joint pain is a popular runners injury. Some of the treatment for knee joint pain are icing the knee joint, using an anti-inflammation spray and giving the joint maximum rest.

In addition to the three treatment methods above there is evidence that shows use of supplements can help in treatment of knee joint pain.

Popular Supplements for Knee Joint Pain.

  1. Glucosamine
  2. Chondroitin

A recent Internet poll at runnersworld.com showed that 94.5 percent of respondents said they had tried one of the supplements. What’s more, 79.8 percent reported that their symptoms “somewhat improved” or “greatly improved” after taking glucosamine and/or chondroitin. Less than one percent reported that “things got worse” with the supplements.

Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are the most common supplements used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

The two supplements can be purchased from a pharmacist or online.

Glucosamine Supplement For Runners

Glucosamine is a compound found naturally in the body, made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.

Production of glucosamine slows with age.

Older runners complain of stiff joints that are inelastic. This makes the joint prone to damage and may lead to pain, swelling, loss of movement, and further deterioration.

If a joint pain is taking long to heal a glucosamine supplement might help to speed up healing.

Taking glucosamine as a nutritional supplement is thought to help repair damaged cartilage by augmenting the body’s supply of glucosamine.

Like other drugs and supplements glucosamine has its share side effects

Side effects may include drowsiness, headache, insomnia, and mild and temporary digestive complaints such as abdominal pain, poor appetite, nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Like all supplements, they work best when taken under supervision of your qualified medical Doctor