You Asked: Instaflex for joint pain?

instaflexHad a question about Instaflex, a widely advertised supplement for arthritic joints that contains a variety of ingredients each of which has potential antinflammatory properties. Although this product has been around for a while, interest was stirred recently because of a discussion on “The Doctors,” a CBS TV show. Reference was made to a clinical trial that showed efficacy. Indeed a properly controlled double-blind randomized trial at Appalachian State University showed that those taking Instaflex reported a 37 percent reduction in joint pain. The placebo group reported a 16 percent reduction in pain. This is better than what has been reported for studies using any of the ingredients alone. The study also noted that a 20-pound weight loss has been shown to decrease joint pain by 54 percent.

The daily dosage is three capsules taken together in the morning or evening. The total dose contains:

Glucosamine Sulfate 1,500 mg
Methylsulfonlylmethane (MSM) 500 mg
White Willow Bark Extract 250 mg (Standardized to 15% salicin)
Ginger Root Concentrate 4:1 250 mg
Boswellia Serrata Extract 125 mg (Standardized to 65% boswellic acid)
Turmeric Root Extract 50 mg (Standardized to 95% curcumin)
Cayenne 40m H.U. 50 mg
Hyaluronic Acid 4 mg

Joe Schwarcz

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