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Friday, June 22, 2012

Which glucosamine and chondroitin is best for you?

"Hi Gary I frequently tramp/fly fish with a tramping pack doing multi-day/week trips up rocky river beds which are hard on the body. Although currently fit and healthy, as preventative action I would like to start taking glucosamine and chondroitin as preparation for the upcoming fishing season. I viewed one of your videos "Which glucosamine and chondroitin is best for you?", the Balance Joint Food for Athletes seems to fit the bill. Can you advise if you stock/supply this? Thank you. I am also interested to see what other products you would recommend to maintain health for someone 34 years of age, fairly fit and regularly tramping over tough undulating terrain for lengthy periods. Price is not a major concern, I would prefer to purchase quality products."
Things have moved on since that video was made with more products on the market, so let me give a quick rundown of the latest.

My daughter, Mary Ann, guiding on the Heaphy Track
The concoction of MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin that has been giving me the best feedback is this one here (Joint Flex).  Effectiveness, in terms of reports of improvement in joint function and reduced pain have been consistently good with this product.  While it is a little more expensive than others, it may be that it is of better quality - like taken from the top of the barrel while the cheaper ones are from the bottom, or something like that!

You are right to go for quality.

The key to staying in great health is to ensure that you have a rich intake of nutrients based on what we know tends to be depleted in healthy, active people.

If you are basically in good health this is what I would recommend:

These cover just about all the nutritional needs of an active person.  The hi-potency magnesium with co-factors is just what is needed during long and arduous hikes.

The reason I particularly recommend this combination is you can take it as sachets in your back pack along with a protein shaker.  Given the water from streams is safe, you can make up a refreshing smoothie drink as you go, thus saving on weight and bulk.  Whatever the quality of the rest of the food you take into the bush and whether you catch a fish or not, the Super Smoothie ensures you have a rich intake of nutrients, including protein.

When at home you can use the Super Smoothie as part of your breakfast and other meals.  Let your creativity flow with recipes!

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