joint and other supplements again – snake oil or…. ?
As far as I’m concerned O3 is the only supplement worth taking unless you have a genuine medical need/deficiency. Interesting that you don’t mention it as an anti-inflammatory as AFAIK this is one of its main benefits (by reducing your overall O6/O3 ratio). Of course you can get O3 from cod liver oil which is a lot cheaper than all these “designer” joint care medicines, etc.
No substitute for a healthy diet of course!
The Omega 3 ‘may’ be good in general
Well it’s essential in order to live, so I guess that counts as “good” in the same way oxygen does 😀 but do you need more of it? Depends on your O6/O3 ratio but probably.Posted 4 years agoKevaMember
having suffered from tight calf muscles for about the last four or five years I’ve found magnesium oil really does help. Recommended to me by my physio I apply it to my calfs each morning after riding to work and can feel it working pretty much straight away.Posted 4 years ago
I take a fair few of these, at age 47 with hypermobile joints and some knee and back op issues. I am coming round to the belief that I’d be better spening the money on bike bits. Here’s a selection of what I found in the cupboard this morning :
Now the first 3 ‘may’ aid joint aches/be anti-inflammatory
The Omega 3 ‘may’ be good in general, and the Retinex ‘may’ be good for eye health (I am quite short sighted with a family history of glaucoma)
I don’t take them all regularly and seriosly wonder whether I should replace any of tehm when they run out – thoughts ?
ThanksPosted 4 years ago
interesting so far, thanks. zilog, maybe I didn’t word it ideally, you are quite correct re O3.
Some lunchtime googling finds little in the way of clinical evidence to support the majority of the cupboard contents as regular supplements to a balanced diet…..ponders…..Posted 4 years ago
I’m currently reviewing my supplement regime. The reason for this is being sure of the quality and that there aren’t large amounts of fillers etc.
We don’t know how efficiently our body works and whether it absorbs all the nutrients from food.
As an example, for donkeys years I’ve cycled in daylight at least twice a week. I had my vit D tested and it was very low.
Now take a vid D supplement, have been retested and got it higher but not hugely. Now looking at the ingredients.
I would not go without my glucosamine for example.
Awaits the naysayers and STW cynical mob. 😉Posted 4 years ago
Some lunchtime googling finds little in the way of clinical evidence to support the majority of the cupboard contents as regular supplements to a balanced diet…..ponders…..
I think you’re probably right. I used to spend money on supplements, vitamins, etc. Now I just spend it on plenty of fresh fruit/veg/meat/fish (and bike bits!) instead.
If you look at the supplements critically, how do you know that those particular ones, specifically, are what you/your body needs? Can you even be certain about the bioavailability of whatever is in the supplements?
EDIT on seeing above post. I do actually take vit D supplement during the winter as well. Looking at the weather outside I think I’ll have to start up again!Posted 4 years ago
I take glucosamine and cold liver oil.
When I’m 60 I don’t want to think back ‘could I be in better shape now if I hadn’t been so cynical about taking glucosamine and cold liver oil?
I’d rather take the risk and take the stuff. IT wont kill me if it is largely snake oil whereas doing nowt will be detrimental…Posted 4 years ago
hora – I have been of much the same opinion as you (on this matter only 🙂 ) for years. Just this week though I was looking at the svarious supplements I have and totting up the monthly/annual cost of it. A lot of reports allude to even the reputable suppliers being quiete unregulated in the content and quality, and whether the dosing makes any contribution.
Oh, another one I forgot – Cherry Active capsulesPosted 4 years ago
I’m probably coming at it from a different angle due to a health condition that I’ve got for life.
If you talk about food then I’m not convinced we get as much as we need. As an example, vegetables. Many people overcook these thus losing the nutrients.
Understand what you’re saying but, from my current experience, dealing with health issues resembles a jigsaw. I’ve spent a fair amount of money on testing so have an idea of what’s needed.
I do however feel that decent quality food is important. With regard to meat, I mainly buy organic but eat less of it due to the expense. In an ideal world I’d grow my own veg, probably have a few chickens too.
The food industry has a lot to answer for.Posted 4 years ago
I’m a huge advocate of trying to get all my vitamins and nutrients from actual food. Call me crazy but it seems to work.
TOTALLY agree however you wouldn’t be getting a balanced diet if you were loading up on the stuff that helps joints.
At a push I only take cod liver oil as its cheap as chips. Why start taking it later when its too late?
Glucosamine tabs are very expensive- when my current run out I’ll stick with the cod liver oil.Posted 4 years agogeoffjSubscriber
There’s an article in one of the roadie comics this month which seems remarkably accurate. The main ones for me are
D3 (+K) – lots of evidence to suggest that in northern lats, we don’t get enough of this and it can be associated with all sorts of nasties
B12 – less evidence
Omega 3 from oily fish, milled flax / linseed and fish oil as an anti-inflammatory
Not a supplement, but I’d add meditation to the mix too.Posted 4 years agosurferMember
Glucosamine tabs are very expensive-
Not really investigated this thoroughly but it became popular with a lot of distance runners a number of years ago that I was training with. I never heard anything positive even amongst those who persevered for years.Posted 4 years ago
All anecdotal of course.joemarshallMember
I’d rather take the risk and take the stuff. IT wont kill me if it is largely snake oil whereas doing nowt will be detrimental…
That was roughly the idea that people had in the past when they took large doses of vitamin C, supplemented with vitamin E etc.
But it is rubbish, because it is not that these things are either snake oil that does nothing or positive; there are three possibilities what they do to your body can be either a)positive, b)nothing, or c)negative.
For example, in the case of vitamin supplements and particularly in the case of large vitamin C doses, they’ve in a few studies shown a correlation to quite increased mortality rates, more cancer, that sort of bad stuff. And the same studies have failed to demonstrate any health benefits.
Worth a read:Posted 4 years agosteverSubscriber
I think we’ve corresponded before Iain – I’m theoretically hypermobile (though tight as a drum in some parts) and have had all sorts of joint problems. I’ve used glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin and green mussel lips (or something), but don’t bother now. I even wore one of those stupid copper bands for a while. I feel pretty good mostly, I think because of the tediously simple reasonable diet (slightly too much to drink), more sleep, exercise, and less stress.Posted 4 years ago
stever – we have, yes I think. Interesting and encouraging that no negatives from stopping them, I reckon I’ll do same and see if any change.
I tried the green lipped mussell things years ago, but the smell was overpowering !
sleep, diet, stress, booze could all do with some rationalisation; thankfully I get a load of riding and swimming in..Posted 4 years ago
Not really investigated this thoroughly but it became popular with a lot of distance runners a number of years ago that I was training with. I never heard anything positive even amongst those who persevered for years.
I found the opposite in my running club! I honestly believe that 1500mcg glucosamine cured my aches and pains the day after. At one time I was running 6 days a week.Posted 4 years ago
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