By Samantha Yardley
So which supplement is the best? Cod Liver Oil vs Glucosamine. If you’ve ever suffered from bad knees, there are no limits to the quantity of oil squeezed from a cod’s liver you’re willing to consume to get back in the squat rack or pounding the pavements. But in recent years, glucosamine has been hailed as the new go-to joint savior.
COD LIVER OIL
Studies have shown that cod liver oil may help to achieve a 25% reduction in their relative risk of heart attacks and strokes6
For folk with rheumatoid arthritis, cod liver oil can reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by 12%5
Cod liver oil is around 20% omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in reducing chronic inflammation4
86% of patients who took cod liver oil daily had significantly reduced levels of the enzymes that cause cartilage damage and joint pain7
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The research found people who regularly took glucosamine were 15% less likely to develop heart disease2
Multiple studies found glucosamine can provide relief for osteoarthritis, but it may take four-to-eight weeks to take affect5
Glucosamine has been evidenced to provide a 28% reduction in biochemical markers of inflammation3
Supplementing with 3g of glucosamine daily was shown to lower knee degradation by 27%1
Heartburn, Drowsiness, Rash, Headache, Joints.
For joint and knee woes, science suggests glucosamine is the bee’s knees. However, for overall health, the nutritional profile of cod liver oil wins due to its high levels of vitamins A and D. For optimum health gain, make these two heavy hitters a joint effort.
Sources: 1. Rei Momomura et al, 2. Tulane University, 3. Eliabeth D Kantor et al, 4. American Heart Association, 5. British Society of Rheumatology, 6. American Heart Association, 7. HTC Health
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