By Samantha Yardley

If you’ve ever suffered from bad knees, there’s no limits to the quantity of oil squeezed from a cod’s liver you’re willing to consume in order 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

 

HEART

Studies have shown that cod liver oil may help to achieve a 25% reduction in their relative risk of heart attacks and strokes6

 

ARTHRITIS

For folk with rheumatoid arthritis, cod liver oil can reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by 12%5

 

INFLAMMATION

Cod liver oil is around 20% omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in reducing chronic inflammation4

 

JOINTS

86% of patients who took cod liver oil daily had significantly reduced levels of the enzymes that cause cartilage damage and joint pain7

 

RISK

High blood sugar , Bleeding, Low blood pressure, Diarrhea

 

GLUCOSAMINE

HEART

Research found people who regularly took glucosamine were 15% less likely to develop heart disease2

 

ARTHRITIS

Multiple studies found glucosamine can provide relief for osteoarthritis, but it may take four-to-eight weeks to take affect5

 

INFLAMMATION

Glucosamine has been evidenced to provide a 28% reduction in biochemical markers of inflammation3

 

JOINTS

Supplementing with 3g of glucosamine daily was shown to lower knee degradation by 27%1

 

RISK

Heartburn, Drowsiness, Rash, Headache, Joints.

 

Winner: Glucoasime

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 gainz, 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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