The Natural Pain Reliever: Glucosamine

Over the years of riding, I have accumulated a few injuries.  Although, I have not broken anything (knock on wood), I have been knocked out one too many times and had plenty of hard get offs.  With these crashes and mishaps comes the painful morning after where every single bone and muscle fiber aches.  The abuse your joints and cartilage take each moto is more than you think.  The constant wear on these points will have you feeling the effects.  Sure you can pop an aspirin once in a while, but the chronic aches can’t be dealt with this method.

I am not one to get on medication easily, so I look for the natural way first.  One of the best pain “relievers” I have ever taken is glucosamine.  This little gem is an amino sugar that is related to ingredients in joint cartilage and synovial fluid.  Glucosamine is already in your body as it helps molecules that help repair the cartilage and other tissues throughout the body.  As you get older, you lose more and more of this molecule which leads to a decrease in resiliency in the connective tissue.  Often times, you will see the glucosamine supplements paired with chondroitin sulfate.  This draws water into the connective tissue, that the glucosamine is repairing, and gives it even more resiliency.

Often times you can find this at any grocery store or pharmacy.  It normally takes a day or two to kick in, but you will notice a difference.  I have had knee trouble since a first turn crash in 2007 and this has helped tremendously.  The capsules are usually in 1500mg.  With this dosage, I would recommend taking 2 or 3 daily.  This isn’t a miracle pill by any means, but the effects are definitely noticeable.  Like any other type of supplement, this requires you to stay consistent every day, every week.  When you miss a few days, you will start to feel those old aches coming back.

Buy a bottle, stick with it for a few days and I promise you won’t regret it.


Posted on Jun 08 2011, under Nutrition | 4 Comments »


4 Responses to “The Natural Pain Reliever: Glucosamine”

  1. I can back that up ! It works !!!!!!!! thanks

  2. I will have to try this out. I have bad knee pain, and currently am taking gelatin (mixed into water or juice) which my (naturopathic) doctor recommended. It has been helping, but not a ton…. Still can’t run as much as, or as frequently as I’d like. Have you found a brand you prefer/trust over another?

  3. Normally, I will go to publix or wal-mart to get mine. If you look at the label, you will see some other ingredients in there even though it should be just glucosamine. Try and look for ones with the least amount of fillers. It really just depends on how big the pills are. For 3000mg, I’ll normally take 2 or 3 per day.

  4. Okay, thanks! I will definitely be trying this out!

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