Dr. Jason Theodosakis catapulted Glucosamine into a natural product best-seller with his book The Arthritis Cure published in 1996. He documented his patient’s promising results, and to this day Glucosamine remains a popular joint-building supplement ingredient that can complement the mechanisms of action (MoA) that SierraSil offers. So many have asked, ‘Why not partner SierraSil with glucosamine?’
Well, we listened, and we are pleased to introduce Joint Formula Glucosamine5™!
But what is Glucosamine, does it work and how does it complement the benefits that you have come to expect from SierraSil?
Glucosamine is an amino sugar, part of the structure of polysaccharides, chitosan, and chitin typically sourced from the exoskeletons of shellfish. Glucosamine primarily exists as one of two formulations, glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl) and glucosamine sulphate. Glucosamine sulphate requires compound stabilizers in the form of salts and has about 74% purity. Typically, Glucosamine HCl lacks the sulphate group and has 83-99% purity, and SierraSil’s glucosamine HCl has been tested to contain a minimum purity of 98%. Therefore, Joint Formula Glucosamine5™ HCl in a dosage of 1,500mg can equal a dose of over 2000mg of glucosamine sulphate.
Our Joint Formula Glucosamine5™ is created through a GMO-free corn fermentation process, creating a 100% vegan supplement. Glucosamine’s primary MoA is to supplement or assist your body’s cartilage production.
The best research on Glucosamine, or at least the most reliable in our opinion, is the US National Institute of Health Research’s Glucosamine Arthritis Intervention Treatment (GAIT) study published in 2006, with ancillary publications in 2008 and 2010. These studies found Glucosamine, particularly when combined with a complementary ingredient, provided higher levels of relief than the placebo. Another significant study was the Australian Long-term Evaluation of Glucosamine Sulphate (LEGS) study published in 2007 that found some benefits for placebo over the two-year study period.
Based on these large studies and other research, we believe glucosamine can play a useful role beyond the placebo in reducing aches and stiffness. The challenge, however, is two-fold. One, the benefits of glucosamine are often subtle and typically take a long time which affects compliance (how regularly people take it) and two, glucosamine alone doesn’t adequately address the underlying inflammation.
So, we are excited to finally partner Glucosamine with arguably the most rapidly effective natural joint health ingredient – SierraSil®. Importantly, the MoA’s are complementary. SierraSil® has been shown in clinical research to ease pain, reduce inflammation and reduce cartilage breakdown (with chelating benefits as well) while Glucosamine may help rebuild cartilage in the joints. But just to make sure, we tested the two together at a leading Canadian University’s Food Science School. They confirmed that the chelating benefits of SierraSil® didn’t interfere with the active components in Glucosamine.
SierraSil’s Joint Formula Glucosamine5 Key Points:
- Contains GMO-free fermented Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCI)
- HCI is a more concentrated form of glucosamine than sulphate
- Far lower in salt than sulphate
- More naturally stable than sulphate
- No added salt
- No added preservatives
- 100% vegan
- Contains a minimum purity of 98% glucosamine
- Full daily dose of Joint Formula14™ and a full dose of 100% vegan glucosamine.
Thus, Joint Formula Glucosamine5™ may be an optimal choice for those of you with worn-out cartilage seeking a little more help than SierraSil alone provides in our Joint Formula14.