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Choosing a Joint Health Supplement

When did it happen? What day did we go from leaping out of bed and moving about the room like choreographed dancers, to slowly easing out from between the covers accompanied by our own uncivilized groans? We all have to face the fact that it just does happen—sooner for some than others.

The great news is that many of the dietary supplements for supporting joint health truly are effective, making it our #1 category of best-selling products! Finding the supplement that benefits you most can be a challenge, though, and it may come down to a personal trial and error. Take a look at some of our best selling categories of joint health products!


Glucosamine might be the most popular and most respected of all the natural products for joints. Glucoasmine is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that stimulates the production of cartilage and keeps our joints resilient. It provides the natural building blocks for the maintenance of strong, healthy cartilage, helping to maintain mobility, strength and flexibility in our joints. The most popular glucosamine supplements are derived from the shells of fish, crab and lobster, but there are also several non-fish sources of glucoasmine out there for vegans and vegetarians.

Glucosamine is currently available in two forms: Glucosamine Sulfate (2KCl), which is glucosamine bonded to a salt of potassium chloride; and Glucosamine HCl, which is Glucosamine Hydrochloride. Glucosamine Sulfate is the form that is most often used in the clinical trials that have consistently demonstrated the supplement’s effectiveness. However, in a sodium or potassium restricted diet, the use of glucosamine HCl is recommended instead of glucosamine sulfate. Be assured that HCl is also highly effective.

Glucosamine is also found in combination with other ingredients like MSM and chondroitin. MSM is a natural source of sulfur, a natural component of healthy joint tissue and chondroitin supports the health of synovial fluid in the joints.

So, how does one choose a glucosamine supplement from the 50 products offered on our website? Here are some of our top selections, based on sales, research and customer recommendations.

Swanson Ultra Joint Care with Glucosamine, MSM & Chondroitin
really helps with my flexibility and mobility in my knees and hips — johns133
Swanson Premium Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM
allows me to resume many activities that were becoming difficult — isojim
Swanson Premium Mega Glucosamine 750
Excellent deal for a wonderful product — RBISHOP
For fast absorption and good taste — pafoofnik
Swanson Premium Glucosamine HCl
delivers a whopping 1500 mg in one serving — luckyredtoo

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MicroLactin’s mode of action is very different from glucosamine. Essentially, it is a protein found in milk comprised of unique bioactive micronutrients. Using a patented process that isolates and concentrates these natural proteins in sufficient quantities, MicroLactin can then be encapsulated. It contains only tiny amounts of lactose and presents no problem for those who are lactose-intolerant. MicroLactin is completely natural, and it is derived from grass-fed cows that haven’t even come near additives like Bovine Growth Hormone.

Swanson Ultra MicroLactin Double Strength
noticed more comfort in my knees while taking this supplement — taxidad
I have had great success — Greeneyes

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Nutritional supplements for joint health focus primarily on providing cartilage with nourishment. But joints have another vital component besides cartilage: synovial fluid, which keeps them lubricated to reduce friction during movement. What glucosamine does for cartilage, hyaluronic acid does for synovial fluid, and this is the main ingredient in Swanson Ultra Hyal-Joint. The unique formulation in Hyal-Joint has the proven ability to be absorbed in the intestinal tract and has demonstrated significant joint-protecting properties. Again, this is a great supplement to pair with glucosamine, chondroitin or MSM for even more benefits.

keeps my knees and hands completely comfortable — longevity
felt a difference in a short time — Rose
Lee Swanson Signature Line Joint Formula with Hyaluronic Acid
this stuff works FANTASTIC for joints! — anonymous

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It sounds like it’s too good to be true, but it’s all true. Celadrin has received glowing reports from studies in medical journals and from people who are already using it. Celadrin is a clinically proven esterified fatty acid supplement that addresses joint health on the cellular level. A 2004 study found that all 40 participants received considerable benefits from the topical cream form of Celadrin. For maximum results, pair the cream with longer-lasting Celadrin softgels. And if you’re wondering whether or not you should replace your present glucosamine supplement with Celadrin, the answer is no. A better option is to use them together since Celadrin complements glucosamine, actually enabling it to perform faster and more efficiently to promote the health of joint cartilage. Try it for yourself and you’ll feel how good it is!

Swanson Ultra Celadrin
definitely noticed an improvement in mobility while taking this supplement — BetsyO

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†Ratings based on results of the 2015 ConsumerLab.com Vitamin and Supplement Users Survey. More information at www.consumerlab.com/survey2015.

Notice: The products and information found on www.swansonvitamins.com are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Individual results may vary. SwansonVitamins.com urges you to seek the advice of a qualified professional for any health concern lasting more than two weeks, and to share with your provider any information pertaining to your health and well-being, including the use of supplemental nutrition. Read complete terms of service.

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