Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aching Knees – Jerry’s Story

Jerry M. is a roofer and HVAC maintenance worker in the greater Dallas , Texas area. Although relatively young in his mid 30’s, he was experiencing knee joint pain that was aggravated by climbing ladders and standing – working on sloped roofs. Previously he had been using Ibuprofen, sometimes taking 600 mg’s a couple times day. Jerry is also taking a statin drug for high cholesterol. Not knowing the bad combination of aspirin and Ibuprofen, Jerry also took one 325 mg aspirin each morning until he found out about the bad combination of Ibuprofen and Aspirin. Jerry also took an off the shelf 500 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3) supplement.

Jerry had tried an off the shelf joint health product with 1,500 mg of glucosomine and 1200 mg of chondroitin. He had tried this supplement for six months and felt that it had not helped one bit.

One of our representatives talked to Jerry which lead Jerry to quit taking the single Niacin (Vitamin B3) product as it was in a much greater dosage than necessary, the Blended Standard recommend daily dose being 60 mg, but there is no data available that support Niacin or Niacinamide helping joints. Jerry started taking a pharmaceutical grade daily nutritional supplement (actually the highest rated product in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements) but did not get any joint pain relief. Although Jerry reported feeling great and even dropping a few pounds, he still had joint pain after a day of roofing or installing HVAC systems.

Our associate recommended to Jerry, that since he as experiencing better health taking the daily nutritional supplement, that he may want to try a pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acid (Fish oil) supplement. At less than $44 a month, Jerry thought it was worth a test. About four weeks into taking this product Jerry called our Associate and commented that he no longer had pain at the end of day like he used to from walking on sloped roofs.

We believe that while Glucosamine helps joint health and reduces pain through it’s interaction with existing cartilage, we also think the Omega 3 Fatty Acids are crucial to working against the sometime cause of chronic joint pain and that is Inflammation.

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