As someone who recently started a regular exercise program, I can attest to the effectiveness of liquid glucosamine in helping to relieve joint pain and stiffness. It seems like people have been talking about taking glucosamine for achy knees for years, and still there are people out there that don’t know where to turn to deal with their joint problems. There have been numerous studies done to test the effectiveness of glucosamine, glucosamine and Chondroitin and other combinations of ingredients in helping to reduce pain and suffering from bad joint and loss of cartilage. It seems most of these studies agree that glucosamine supplementation is a good option for someone dealing with painful joints.
With the wide range of glucosamine products on the market, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Some of the things to consider when comparing these different joint products are the type of glucosamine used. Some of the different forms of glucosamine that are available include: Glucosamine Sulfate, Glucosamine Hcl and some products even use a vegetarian form of Glucosamine such as GreenGrown Glucosamine. Another thing to consider is whether you want to take a pill, tablet, powder or liquid glucosamine supplement.
A benefit to taking a liquid vitamins, versus the other options available, comes down to absorption rates. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference (1997) vitamins in liquid form can absorb up to 5 times faster than pills, capsules or gel caps. This means that you should see quicker and longer lasting results from your supplement.
Delivery System / Rate of Absorption*
Pill or tablet – 10%
Capsule – 20%
Gel Cap – 30%
Transdermal Patch – 45%
Sublingual Liquid – 50%
Intramuscular Injection – 90%
Intraoral or Sublingual Spray – 95%
Intravenous Injection – 100%
*Source: Physicians’ Desk Reference, NPPDR No. 18:676, 1997