I’m new here, so apologies if this has already been discussed. I searched but couldn’t find much on the forum on some of these specific nutrients. I’m just looking for some advice really.
[note – I've edited this since first posting to remove links, which I gather were being interpreted as advertisements. I really don't wish to advertise stuff that I'm not sure works in the first place]
My dance teacher is suffering from arthritis and it’s getting progressively worse. He’s in his late 40s and it’s getting more and more painful for him to move around at all, let alone dance. He’s been talking about hip resurfacing (instead of hip replacement), but it’s such a long time till he can get that done. I don't want him to be suffering so much (and, a bit selfishly, I want my dance teacher dancing again!)
He’s already tried a bunch of stuff including acupuncture, chiropractic, pressure tank and a diet change to remove all processed sugars. I wanted to see if anyone here had tried any of the nutritional supplements I’ve dug up and if you have any advice about supplements in general.
There seem to be lots of things with Chondroitin and Glucosamine, and they seem to be available easily. I’ve seen these mentioned in the forum.
There are fish oils, some of which claim to perform better than Glucosamine. And there are different sources, each of which seems to claim to be better than the others. Is it all Omega 3, basically? And is all Omega 3 equal or are any particular sources better than others?
I had a supplement suggested by a doctor – a combination nutritional supplement that contains Collagen Type II (a natural source of Amino Acids, Glucosaminoglycane like Glucosamine, Chondroitine and Hyaluronic acid), Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, Cellulose (capsule of plant origin), Magnesium Aspartate, microcrystalline cellulose, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Sulfate (from the shells of shrimps), Chondroitin Sulfate (from shark cartilage), Vitamin C, Zink Monomethionine, Manganese Gluconate, Cooper Gluconate, Vitamin B6 as Pyridoxine HCL, Boron.
Anyone have any experience with any of this stuff? Could it really help?
I’m not sure which way to go now. The supplements aren’t cheap and I’m generally unsure about the claims they’re making. Does anyone have any experience with any of these? And what should I look out for? Is there anything I should be concerned about?
Thanks for your help!