Burning Runner Extra: Giving Glucosamine A Shot

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Mar. 15, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM UTC

Joint Juice has only 30 calories per serving and works as an effective anti-inflammatory.

T.J. gives Joint Juice a shot in an effort to help reduce inflammation.

Written by: T.J. Murphy

Having been turned on to glucosamine as an anti-inflammatory and assistant to all things related to knee health, I decided to give “Joint Juice” a try.

Glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamin D and antioxidants are claimed to be absorbed from mixing the drink mix into water. When it comes to glucosamine I’ve heard that studies have both suggested it’s effective and others have suggested it doesn’t have an effect at all. But I recently listened to an MD talk about the superiority of glucosamine as an anti-inflammatory and I was more than ever encouraged to believe it works on some level.

But the best endorsement of all? From Kara Goucher, who told me that her dog was suffering from arthritic pain and her mom recommended the glucosamine. “It works for my dog!” she said while at a recent PR event.

Anecdotal evidence, for sure, but we know it wasn’t a placebo. At any rate, the Blueberry Acai flavor of joint juice is tasty and has only 30 calories a serving. A box comes with 30 packets of powder for a 30-day supply.

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T.J. Murphy is the Editorial Director of Competitor Magazine. A 2:38 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher, he is the former editorial director of Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon. His writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine and Runner’s World.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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