1602RE: Hammock Camping AT Section Hike
- May 28, 2003
MessageAmy, that MSM is probably better than either glucosamine or chrondroitin for joints--I'd be taking it except it's very, very expensive...Ed
From: amy [mailto:askowronek@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: Hammock Camping AT Section Hike
On Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at 01:31 PM, Ed Speer wrote:
Tony, I take 1,000mg glucosamine twice a day every day. General advice is to take 3,000mg/d for first month, then drop back to a smaller maintance dosage. On a long trail, i'll take up to 6,000mg/d, starting a month before the hike. It's not like a pain killer that takes effect immediately--instead, it works very slowly to rehydrate joint cartledge. Most folks won't notice any improvement for weeks or months after starting to take it--some folks stop taking it because they don't see quick improvement--it's very subtle over a long time. It is also non toxic, so you can't overdose. Since rehydration is involved, be sure to drink lots of water every day of your life--tea, soda, coffee, etc don't count as water. How much water? A gallon/d at home is not too much; of course, more when on the trail. Yes this is a LOT of water! I no longer drink anything but water--my knees thank me every day! By the way, lower back pain is also commonly due to dehydration--mine has gone away since I started drinking lots of water and taking glucosamine!
I use Spring Valley brand from Wal-Mart--just glucosamine, not chrondrotin. I've read in a medical book that chrondrotin works wonders if taken by injection, but is not adsorbed into the body when taken orally. The commonly combined glucosamine-chrondrotin supplements that are heavily advertised are way too expensive for me, so I take only glucosamine. Happy hiking...Ed
I have anecdotal evidence that glucosamine works better in combination with
other substances. Both my old horses are on a supplement which contains
glucosamine, msm, chondroitin, and vitamin c. I ran out and used a glucosamine
only supplement for a while. The combo definitely worked better, in that
while on just glucosamine they both were obviously more limpy within
Not that horse physiology necessarily reacts like human physiology, of course.
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