Q: I read a lot about glucosamine and chondroitin. What are they?
A: Both are all natural substances found in the body. Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in the cartilage and other connective tissues. Chondroitin is a complex carbohydrate that helps cartilage retain water. Studies show that Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate promote a healthy inflammation response and provide safe and effective support for joint health.*
Q: I read that glucosamine should not be taken by diabetics because it affects sugar levels.
A: Although this possibility has been proposed on the basis of animal models given high intravenous doses, glucosamine/chondroitin at typical doses for human beings (1500 mg/1200 mg daily) does not adversely affect blood sugars for people whose diabetes is well-controlled.1
Q: Can I take JointFormula if I am currently taking medication for arthritis, like Celebrex?
A: Celebrex is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug. JointFormula is an all natural supplement and there are no known contraindications to taking it with Celebrex. We advise you to inform your physician if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition when using JointFormula or any other nutritional supplement.
Q: I'm allergic to shellfish. Is it safe for me to take JointFormula?
A: Since the glucosamine in JointFormula is derived from the outer skeleton of shellfish (which is made of carbohydrate, not the protein part of shellfish that people are allergic to), it is highly unlikely, but still possible that an allergic reaction may occur. It is best to consult your doctor or allergy specialist before taking this product.
Q: Why are EPA and DHA in your joint formula? How can they help?
A: One of the many benefits of the omega fatty acids EPA/DHA, is their anti-inflammatory and protective effects on the joints. 2,3
Q: I usually have a hard time digesting fish oil capsules.Will I experience any fishy taste or upset stomach with this product?
A: This product should be very easy to digest. The special enteric-coating helps prevent the capsule from dissolving until it reaches the small intestines, which helps reduce the chance of fishy aftertaste.
1. J Fam Pract. 2006 Dec;55(12):1091-3.
2. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2005 Mar;8(2):115-21.
3. Lancet. 1989 Aug 26;2(8661):503.