Friday, March 1, 2013

Cosamin Reviewed – How Safe and Effective Is This Product?

What Are The Ingredients Of Cosamin?

Among joint health and connective tissue supplements, the ingredients of Cosamin are a little bit difficult to interpret. First of all, the supplement facts begin with a breakdown of calories, sodium, and protein, which doesn't really say anything about the supplement value. Secondly, the second part of the ingredients, which contains the active ingredients is divided into three parts, which are easy to break breakdown but difficult to read. The first ingredient is called FCHG49, which is obviously a proprietary blend. This is then followed by the label of glucosamine HCL. Although the purity is listed at 91%, this is not something that is tested by the FDA, and is completely impossible to verify. Still, glucosamine is a standard ingredient for joint health supplements and contributes to the growth of cartilage and other connective tissues. The presence of this ingredient generally serves to support the idea that Cosamin does encourage joint health and elimination of pain caused by damage of connective tissue. Glucosamine is present at 1500 mg, which is a normal dose for glucosamine, and is similar to the amount found in other similar supplements.

The same argument can be made for the ingredient "sodium chondroitin," which is labeled TRH 122, another scientifically meaningless term. The element of moisture contained within the chondroitin is also listed on the Cosamin label, which is again meaningless to most consumers. The presence of chondroitin is generally considered to be getting a joint health supplement because, like glucosamine, chondroitin is necessary for the growth of connective tissues like cartilage, and does help to eliminate pain, if taken for a long period of time. Chondroitin is present in 800 mg which may be smaller than some other chondroitin supplements. The specific amount of chondroitin needed to be ingested in order to attain joint health varies from individual to individual, although the exact listing of milligrams is another point in favor of Cosamin's viability as a joint care product.

The third area of ingredients is called "ASU," which stands for avocado and soybean unsaponifiables. Even a cursory reading will show these ingredients to be present for the fatty acid content of both avocado and soybeans. Some similar supplements include ingredients like olive oil and avocado oil, in order to provide a satisfactory fatty acid profile. Green tea extract is also included in Cosamin, and this may cause some concern, as the introduction of caffeine in the the system increases heart rate, and causes other undesirable side effects.

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