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1. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

A-Z Vitamins?

I also take omega 3.

Anyone suffer joint pain from all the walking?

2. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I find glucosamine helps.

3. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Good good :)

Helped someone would say that.

Yes Glucosamine and I will now take Chondroitin as well.
What mg do you take?

I take Co-enzyme 10 as well.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jun-2009, at 05:41 by boulderman ]

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

A quick word about glucosamine and chondroitin....

Some people experience relief immediately with joint pain returning within a couple of weeks. Usually, this is a temporary thing. But, it does require taking the supplements for a few months before they are completely effective. Basically, if you choose to use the supplements, plan on using them over the long term. Also, do not abruptly discontinue their use but rather wean off of them. When dosed down, pain relief can continue for up to 2 months with the joint pain eventually returning. Abrupt discontinuation can greatly speed the return of pain. No matter how you stop the supplements, pain that does return will usually express itself in all major joints, not just the ones being treated originally. Glucosamine/chondroitin are not just painful joint specific and work on all of your joints.

I'm not saying they are not worth it - they are very effective. Just plan to use them for an extended period of time as they are not useful for short durations. (We learned through painful personal experience, follow-up literature and verification by our physician.)

5. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

OK cheers,

Actualyl I had large bottles of supplements at home but I use a small bottle and put a dose of some of thwe supplements away with me for the durastion fo my trip (last one was 12 days).

I was takign lots of Paracetamol adn Ibuprofen for the pain. But I still take the other tablets.

I think I will buy more Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Apparently Chondoitni only exists in 88% in tablets at 20% but this place uses 90% or 100%. But as the others don't specific its hard to compare.

http://www.simplysupplements.net/product/384/sbâ„¢-glucosamine-500mg-marine-chondroitin-400mg-90/

I don't expect you to buy from here as its UK only I think, but info is interesting :)

6. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

No supplement is meant to be taken short-term for acute relief. Whether glucosamine/chondroitin helps and to what extent depends pretty much on the stage of degeneration of the cartilage already.

My job requires me to be on my feet the whole day standing/walking/running/climbing stairs and I found that 1000mg of glucosamine sulphate daily helps with the ankle pain. I did stop for a period of time and the pain took quite a while to come back, though an increased workload is also contributory.

Different glucosamine salts also have different bioavailability. The hydrochloride salt higher than the sulphate salt. There're also different sorts of dosage forms available on the market now - theoretically the oral crystallised glucosamine should work better than others but clinically its superiority still remains to be seen.

There's also glucosamine/chondroitin with MSM which is supposed to help with inflammation.

7. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I find MSM very expensive, many things seem to go with Glucosamine, and most are already in the body. However rather than maxing out of 1500mg a day I may go for a standard steady smaller 500mg dose.

Will start out next week. Started off with pineapple juice before bed and was sick within an hour. Think that wasn't due to the pineapple I hope.

8. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Eat more fruits and vegetable when you're in travel. It helps a lot.

9. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Well I find I can travel too quickly to get fruit to ripen without bruising. Bananas tend to be ok. Tend to stick to small tins of fruit or fruit juices/smoothies. But they are expensive

10. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Quoting boulderman

Well I find I can travel too quickly to get fruit to ripen without bruising. Bananas tend to be ok. Tend to stick to small tins of fruit or fruit juices/smoothies. But they are expensive

Yeah you're definitely right... But fresh fruit juices are still the best.