Quickie of the Week: Glucosamine = Joint Savior or Expensive Urine?

Megan A. from Jazzercise Los Altos asks:

Do you think glucosamine and chondroitin really help joints (even for people without arthritis) and if so, how much and which one?

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Great question, Megan! Glucosamine is being jammed into our faces as the magical cure for joint pain, so much so that some of my supp-worshiper friends are taking it prophylactically, as if popping Glucosamine-coated maltballs is going to prevent them from any skeletal issues they might incur from repetitively playing rugby with guys the size of sofas.

What’s the sitch?

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Quickie of the Week: Calcium–A Heart Breaker or Friend with Boney Benefits?

Is Calcium Tricking Us?

I heard that calcium causes heart disease! I’m emptying all my yogurt on my lawn for those cats that brawl outside my window at 4 AM to eat.”

“My bones are fine! I’m so young, and I wear a weighted vest to school. I don’t need calcium!”

“I get all my calcium from broccoli and spinach! Screw milk!”

“Uh…will dairy products make me lose weight?”

I grouped all these questions together to form this week’s quickie. If you think you could give two zits about calcium, and it certainly isn’t a concern of yours that ranks higher than wondering how Snookie’s new maternity line of clothing is panning out, then you among all people should read on to find out more about this super awesome and controversial mineral. Continue reading