Joint supplements?

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    Aug 29, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    hey muscle heads,

    Wondering if you guys use any supps for joints/ligaments, if so what kind and why. Ive seen a whole bunch on the market but I'm not sure what's really good out there,

    ever since I've jacked up the intensity of my workouts i've had soreness in my joints and not just muscles.. you think it's a good idea to start taking them?
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    I take Glucosamine with Chondroitin and/or MSM. I've had periods of time where I can feel a difference; right now I can't, because working full time in a restaurant and training for a marathon leave my joints hurting anyways, but I'm pretty sure it's worth a shot if you've got pain or soreness.

    Also either Omega 3's in pill form or increasing the foods you eat that have those fatty acids in them can be good to reduce inflammation. Flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts, soybeans, halibut, shrimp... all good for Omega 3's.
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    Sep 05, 2010 8:08 AM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    Valentino89 said
    Also either Omega 3's in pill form or increasing the foods you eat that have those fatty acids in them can be good to reduce inflammation. Flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts, soybeans, halibut, shrimp... all good for Omega 3's.


    Men should avoid flaxseed. It contains substances that are feminizing. icon_eek.gif


    I don't know sounds like a BS claim to me flaxseed is one of the few sources of ALA. Flaxseed has been in consumption since the start of civilization haven't heard of men growing tities cause of it.
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    Sep 05, 2010 8:09 AM GMT
    viveutvivas saidFirst things first:



    But the best advice is - just be smart and eliminate or reduce exercises that hurt your joints.


    easier said then done, try telling that to a football team.
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    Sep 05, 2010 8:49 AM GMT
    Glucosamine with Chondroitin have some studies to back them up, but it is true that for some people, they do not seem to work. My other half used them and they worked great for his legs. He had complained about them for years until he started taking them. And he was able to stop taking them after about a year. Check pubmed for some studies regarding these meds if your curious.
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    Sep 05, 2010 10:53 AM GMT
    One thing people keep leaving out with the glucosamine and its true for certain supps and medicines, is you have to take it for AT LEAST a certain period of time to see any benefits. I've tried a glucosamine/MSM combination supp and cant honestly say I've noticed much of a difference. Keep in mind Everyone's body is different and reacts accordingly. What might work for you might not work for me, etc.

    Having said that I Partially agree with Viveutvivas when he mentioned your training intensity. I would eliminate/reduce like he said but I would also consider doing some stretching or yoga type exercises after your workouts.
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    Sep 06, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    vietviusIf your joints start hurting from working out, there is something wrong with your form or your program


    Agreed.

    Joint problems can be form related or postural. That's why it's so important to do long sustained stretches being careful not to go too deep...especially if you work a desk job or have a long commute you have tight muscles which will need to be released. If the stretch is too active, you're going to cause your muscles to contract, thus resisting release.

    If you have the time and resources take a yin yoga class, do it. I sometimes feel as if I'm not getting anything accomplished because it's not enough of a workout, but I always walk out of there feeling way better than i did walking in. Joints, muscles, and everything.

    In terms of supplements, they tend to mask the issue. If you keep doing what you did, you'll always get whatcha got.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    omega 3