I, personally, have never believed in supplements, choosing instead to achieve balance in my diet by eating the right things. I experimented with supplements in the past had results that ranged from nill to negative, so I just dumped the whole idea.
There is one supplement, however, that I must admit I have had much success with. I had stopped taking Glucosamine for the joint pain I know is associated with arthritis. Another unfortunate side effect of getting old… But this most recent round of pain and woe had me searching for SOMETHING to supplement the mounds of Advil and Tylenol I was taking to dull the pain. In desperation, I remembered Glucosamine and the bottle I used to have had in the cabinet. After a frantic search, I realized it was gone so I whined about it to my darling, wonderful wife who, the very next morning, presented me with a 60 day supply. She is wonderful.
I have only been taking it for 4 days and I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT improvement. I no longer have pain going up and down stairs, my ankles feel better and don’t rattle as much when I walk. Even my back feels better. I just don’t think this is a coincidence. Maybe it’s psychological, but I don’t think that is the case either. For me, anyway, this stuff just works.
I know that the “studies” published about Glucosamine have met with mixed results. The most favorable of them suggests that Glucosamine may work in some cases, but only for those with severe pain to begin with. Perhaps that is me and I just didn’t know it. In any case, I don’t hurt today for the first time in months… It may not be because of the Glucosamine. My body may just finally be getting back into shape. But I don’t think so…