I was recently interviewed by Channel 5 News in Boston about the number of fruit drinks being marketed to baby boomers to reduce joint pain.
These drinks such as Elations, contain glucosamine and chondroitin, which is good, but they also contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives and food dyes—all to be avoided because they may worsen your joint aches.
Joint pain is common in women, particularly during menopause and perimenopause. Thyroid imbalance and deficiency of estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone commonly cause aches and pains. If you are aching, ask your doctor to check your hormones and look for other causes such as autoimmune disease and Lyme disease (very common in New England but also now common in parts of the Midwest and West Coast).
Here’s how glucosamine can help. Glucosamine is a natural substance made by your body to maintain cartilage. As you age, your ability to produce glucosamine drops. Injury or surgery in a joint may also cause your joint to be low in glucosamine. Several medical studies have shown that using Glucosamine Sulfate, 1500 mg/day, reduces pain and slows joint deterioration in all forms of osteoarthritis, the most common arthritis. It can also be helpful to people recuperating from joint injury or surgery. I recommend using it with sulfur, (such as MSM or SAMe). Glucosamine is available with fish oil (email me if you want to know good sources). Vitamin C and vitamin E have also been shown to help arthritis symptoms.
Many arthritis sufferers also find improvement of symptoms by removing from their diets plants from the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, or pepper.
Whatever you do, avoid getting scammed by medical marketers. Avoid artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives as much as possible.