Support5 IngredientsWith all of the adverse publicity surrounding the top pharmaceutical pain relief formulas, perhaps now is the time to look for an alternative.......Support 5.
Support 5 combines 3 herbs that are traditionally known for their effects on pain and arthritis and combines them with Glucosamine and MSM to give you a product that is effective in helping to relieve the discomfort and pain from swollen joints and Arthritis.
Glucosamine Sulfate 228 mg
Glucosamine is different than NSAIDs or COX 2 drugs. Glucosamine works in a much different way than NSAIDs or COX-2 drugs because it is natural. Glucosamine builds and maintains cartilage, tendons and other connective tissues in the body by acting as a building block for these materials and inhibiting enzymes that destroy cartilage. When the body does not have an adequate supply of glucosamine, arthritis ? most commonly osteoarthritis ? can develop. This debilitating condition that afflicts millions of people worldwide is characterized by a breakdown in the ?shock absorbers? of the joints, particularly weight bearing ones such as the hip or knee. Glucosamine works by preventing the cartilage destruction, joint pain, swelling and loss of flexibility in a natural way and without the harmful side effects that are associated with NSAIDs or COX-2 drugs. Glucosamine cannot cure your arthritis, but it will do wonders for your arthritis and joint pain. Because glucosamine works from within, bathing your joints in a proverbial warm and protective solution and working to heal your joints instead of merely cover up pain, results take a little bit longer than NSAIDs or COX-2 drugs. Once you have achieved relief, however, glucosamine works to protect your joints from further damage while continuing to stave off further damage. Contrasted to glucosamine, there is evidence that many of the NSAIDs can actually work against your arthritic joints, to cause your arthritis pain to become even worse by breaking down your joints.
MSM 133 mg
Q: What is MSM? Where does it come from? What does it do?
A: MSM is a source of organic sulfur derived from nature. MSM has many benefits but is mostly used for pain relief and reduction of inflammation associated with arthritis and a variety of other ailments.
Q: Can I take MSM while taking my prescribed drugs?
A: Although you should always consult your physician before starting any new dietary regimen, MSM has not been shown to interact with any prescribed medications. Often, MSM supplementation is used in conjunction with medical treatment. MSM is an excellent food supplement in support of medical treatment.
Q: How does MSM help relieve pain?
A: Use of MSM has been shown to reduce the rigidity of cells in soft tissues of the body. By reducing this rigidity, fluids are able to pass more freely from the cell and this helps reduce cell pressure, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
Q: Will taking MSM increase my energy levels?
A: Although there is no guarantee of increased energy levels, many individuals claim increased levels of energy. This occurs mainly because of the increased cell flexibility and permeability. MSM allows better use of oxygen and nutrients by the cells and more efficient removal of waste products.
ALFALFA 66.5 mg
Alfalfa contains an enormous quantity of nutrients, in a form that is easily digested and assimilated by man. It is up to 50% protein, contains a good quantity of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and octacosanol. Herbalists have used alfalfa for many different purposes. Most of those applications bear a one-to-one correspondence to the various nutrients in the plant. The one word that keeps appearing is "tonic". The plant is a kidney tonic, prostatic tonic, reproductive tonic, musculoskeletal tonic, glandular tonic and so forth. Alfalfa has traditionally been one of the best herbal treatments for arthritis, gout, and rheumatism. Clinical research suggests that at least one or two persons in ten will respond very well to the use of alfalfa, experiencing an almost total reduction in painful symptoms. Alfalfa has a proven cholesterol-lowering effect. Steroidal anti-inflammatory action is suggested by its content of plant steroids, and by some research that found an estrogenic effect on ruminants (grazing animals). Alfalfa has also been shown to possess antibacterial action against gram-negative bacteria (such as Salmonella typhi), and it contains at least one protein with known anti-tumor activity."
GINGER ROOT 23.75 mg
Relief of muscle and/or joint pain. Many components of Ginger are, like aspirin and Motrin, potent inhibitors of inflammatory substances (e.g., Prostaglandins). Ginger is also thought to inhibit "Substance P," a pain mediator that is known to be elevated in FMS. This is the same substance that Capsaicin (hot pepper) creams work through. For Substance P inhibition, dried Ginger seems to be most effective. In a study of 10 patients with muscle pains and 46 patients with arthritis (Rheumatoid and regular "wear and tear" osteoarthritis), 100% of muscle pain and 75% of arthritis patients noted relief.
White Willow Bark 23.75 mg
The active ingredient in white willow is salicin, which the body converts into salicylic acid. The first aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) was made from a different salicin-containing herb--meadowsweet--but works in essentially the same way. All aspirin is now chemically synthesized. It's not surprising, then, that white willow bark is often called "herbal aspirin."
The salicylic acid in white willow bark lowers the body's levels of prostaglandins, hormone like compounds that can cause aches, pain, and inflammation. While white willow bark takes longer to begin acting than aspirin, its effect may last longer. And, unlike aspirin, it doesn't cause stomach bleeding or other known adverse effects.
Specifically, white willow bark may help to:
Relieve acute and chronic pain, including headache, back and neck pain, muscle aches, and menstrual cramps. The effectiveness of white willow bark for easing these and other types of discomforts results from its power to lower prostaglandin levels.
Control arthritis discomforts. Some arthritis sufferers taking white willow bark have experienced reduced swelling and inflammation, and eventually increased mobility, in the back, knees, hips, and other joints.
DOSAGE 1 CAPSULE 3 TIMES DAILY...Consult your health care practitioner before using this product if you have prostate disorders, diabetes or hypoglycemia. DO NOT use if you are pregnant or nursing. DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO SHELLFISH!!!!