If you are experiencing joint pain post-exercise, or natural discomfort as you get older, there is thankfully a supplement that may be the key to your relief.

Sooner or later, almost everyone is going to have to put up with a little joint pain. Joints are cushioned with cartilage and fluid that surrounds them. There is a natural decline in the amount of cartilage in our bones as we age, meaning there is less cushioning for our joints to withstand everyday wear and tear. Additionally, if you take part in regular high impact exercise (e.g. jumping, plyometrics, or running) you could be putting a lot of strain on your joints and causing cartilage to become worn down more quickly than usual. This is another reason why proper form while exercising is so important.

Glucosamine is a natural substance found in our joints that stimulates cartilage production. The idea is that taking glucosamine supplements helps your body repair and replace worn down cartilage more efficiently.

There are different forms of glucosamine, including glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetyl-glucosamine. Always look for supplements containing glucosamine, as they are proven to be the most effective clinically. Glucosamine supplements are available in capsules, tablet, liquid, or powder form. The recommended dosage is 1,500 mg once daily, or over a course of tablets throughout the day. Noticeable benefits may take up to three months before they start appearing, so be patient!

If you are allergic to shellfish you should be very cautious with glucosamine supplements, as they are derived from shellfish and can cause an inflammatory reaction. Also, always consult with your doctor before taking glucosamine if you are on any other long-term medication.