I’m bad. Nine years ago (and every visit since) my Orthopedic surgeon told me that I should be taking glucosamine and chondroitin for my joints. You see, I have a joint disorder that has actually made it so that I’m “supposed to” walk with a cane or crutches and braces on my leg, etc. YES – I have a VERY major disorder.
I did take it, for about a week and I felt better, BUT I kept forgetting about it (out of sight, out of mind). I do the same with any supplements. It’s funny, but when I’m in PAIN I don’t forget to take acetaminophen or a pain reliever.
Because of my joint problem Elations contacted me to try their new juice that’s PACKED with all of those supplements that Dr. Mig. has been hounding me to keep taking. If nothing else, I knew that it would MAKE me take them (at least during the testing/review period).
Elations comes in a couple of flavors. They had sent me all of their flavors including cranberry apple, raspberry white grape and black cherry (which was a little sweet for me). It is now WAY past the testing phase and I’ve gone out and purchased Elations in the cranberry apple flavor (which I like the best). At only 30 calories, I don’t feel like I’m ruining my diet (if you go to Champagne Living – you’ll see that I’m in the midst of a getting FABULOUS program that includes losing weight).
The advertising for Elations said that I may start to feel an improvement in about 3 days. It took a bit longer for me to see anything noticeable (almost a week). Most importantly, I’m actually following my doctor’s orders and NOT FORGETTING. Every time I open the refrigerator door I see my bottles of Elations and once a day I grab one in place of another drink that I was planning on having.
The fact that all of these joint supplements are in a liquid form makes them more absorbable by your body. It’s great for those like me who FORGET to take this in pill form or ESPECIALLY for those who have a difficult time swallowing pills and need glucosamine/chondroitin.
I was able to pick up my next supply of Elations at Publix. The list of stores that carry it is LONG and you should easily find one nearby or if you’d like you can order it in larger quantities online. Elations also comes in those little packets that you can add to your water (great to tuck into your purse when you’re on the go, or if you’re trying to cut down on your waste of plastic).
Each bottle of Elations contains:
- Glucosamine HCI – 1500 mg
- Chondroiton Sulfate – 1200 mg
- Calcium – 300 mg
- Boron – 6 mg
How Glucosamine Works
Glucosamine thickens the synovial fluid in your joints so that it can absorb more friction and cushion the joints, meaning more lubrication and less discomfort. Over time, the amount of Glucosamine in your body decreases to the point where the amount your body synthesizes is far less than the amount it needs for joint health.
How Chondroitin Works
While Glucosamine acts to thicken synovial fluid and cushion joints, Chondroitin is a major component of cartilage and helps maintain its structural integrity.
The combination of these are supposed to help with the pain of osteoarthritis.