Move Free, glucosamine and chondroitin, is designed for active people, like
you, interested in supporting joint health.
Move Free helps support freedom of movement by providing the body's
natural building blocks for joint fluid, cartilage and connective
Move Free combines the goodness of nature with the benefits of modern
● Helps Build Joint Fluid & Cartilage
● Maintains Joint Movement & Flexibility
● Natural Joint Support
Each serving of Move Free
combines 1500 mg of glucosamine complex with 200 mg of chondroitin
Sulfates, the serving recommended by researchers. Glucosamine and
chondroitin help to rebuild cartilage and maintain structural
integrity of joints and connective tissue. Glucosamine is a building
block for joint fluid, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, membranes and
blood vessels. Chondroitin sulfates protect the structural integrity
of joints and blood vessels.
Move Free Advanced
2 tablets per
/ 170 tablets
two (2) tablets all at once with a meal, or one (1) tablet twice daily
Serving size: 2 tablets
Amount Per % Daily
Serving Per Container: 85
Fluid (Hyaluronic Acid)
(FruiteX-B Calcium Fructoborate)
† Daily Value not established
Other ingredients: Cellulose, coating (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose,
modified corn starch, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, glycerin,
magnesium trisilicate), croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate,
silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose.
Contains shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster and crayfish).
Does not contain any: Added sugar (sucrose, fructose, lactose), salt
(sodium chloride), yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, preservatives or
Store in a cool and dry place with lid tightly closed.
Warning: Chondroitin sulfate is derived from bovine and porcine
sources. If pregnant, lactating or on prescribed medication, consult
your doctor before using. Keep out of reach of children.
This is a natural glucosamine & chondroitin
product that works gradually to help restore joint and cartilage
Allow 8 weeks of daily use before expecting noticeable results.
chondroitin supplements appear to ease arthritis symptoms and possibly
fight the disease itself.
for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, leave a lot to
be desired. Chronic use of oral drugs (both over-the-counter and
prescription) that relieve pain and inflammation can have serious side
effects (Doubts about anti-inflammatory). When pills don't work, the
only major options that mainstream medicine offers are shots in the
joint, which provide only temporary relief, or surgery.
The shortcomings of
conventional medications have created fertile soil for the growth of
alternative arthritis remedies, particularly glucosamine and chondroitin,
whose efficacy is backed by a substantial amount of scientific research.
First popularized by the 1997 best-seller "The Arthritis Cure," by Jason
Theodosakis, M.D., those supplements racked up combined sales of $640
million in 2000, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, which tracks
the supplement industry.
Glucosamine is a basic
building block of the cartilage that cushions the joints, while chondroitin
is a component of that cartilage; both are manufactured by the body. Studies
have shown that glucosamine supplements (derived from shellfish shells) and
chondroitin supplements (generally derived from cow cartilage) can each
relieve arthritis pain and stiffness without the side effects of
conventional analgesics. While the supplements work more slowly than
standard medications, they produce longer-lasting relief. More important,
some research suggests that glucosamine may slow the progression of the
underlying disease. The best evidence of that possible benefit comes from a
Belgian clinical trial published last year in The Lancet, a respected
British medical journal. It found that glucosamine may reduce the incidence
of serious progression by about 50 percent. That finding convinced the
Arthritis Foundation, the leading nonprofit information and advocacy group
for people with arthritis, to issue a statement last June calling the
supplement "an appropriate treatment" for osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can strike any
joint, but it's most common and debilitating in the hips and knees. In a
healthy joint, a thick pad of cartilage protects each end of the facing
bones. But injury or wear and tear, particularly in people who have
misaligned joints or who are obese, out of shape, or genetically
predisposed, can eventually roughen and erode the cartilage, causing the
characteristic symptoms of osteoarthritis: pain, stiffness, and, in many
Millions of people around the
world have osteoarthritis, including 30 percent of women and 17 percent of
men over age 60. "But osteoarthritis is not an inevitable result of aging,"
says John Klippel, M.D., medical director of the Arthritis Foundation. Nor
does having the disease necessarily doom patients to unremitting or
crippling pain and immobility. Osteoarthritis tends to be progressive and
can be disabling, particularly if you lose so much cartilage that the bones
start grinding together. But most arthritic joints will either remain stable
for many years or worsen very gradually.
And symptoms may ease or even
disappear for long periods of time.
Non-drug measures can help
stave off the disease in susceptible individuals and, once it develops,
reduce reliance on medication and possibly slow its progression. Shedding
extra pounds eases stress on weight-bearing joints. While doctors used to
warn arthritis patients not to put pressure on affected joints, clinical
trials have clearly shown that a properly designed exercise regimen
including aerobics (low-impact but still weight-bearing), strengthening
routines, and stretching can ease pain and increase mobility. So can
stabilizing devices such as braces and wedged insoles.
approaches to stress control, and relaxation methods such as guided imagery,
hypnosis, meditation, and biofeedback, can also ease arthritis pain, an NIH
panel concluded. Acupuncture helps some people sometimes, though our review
of the evidence found only weak support for its efficacy.
But even with optimal non-drug
measures, most people with osteoarthritis need to take pills: conventional
medication (Doubts about anti-inflammatory), supplements like Move Free
(glucosamine and chondroitin), or both.
The body uses glucosamine and
chondroitin to build or maintain cartilage. So there's a theoretical basis
to explain how the supplements might fight osteoarthritis (but probably not
rheumatoid arthritis, a more severe but less common disease in which
cartilage damage plays a lesser role). Laboratory studies suggest that
glucosamine, an amino acid, may stimulate production of cartilage-building
proteins. Other research suggests that chondroitin, a carbohydrate that's
part of the cartilage, may inhibit production of cartilage-destroying
enzymes and fight inflammation, too.
Veterinarians have long used
both supplements to treat osteoarthritis in animals, and a few well-designed
studies back that approach. In humans, glucosamine and chondroitin have been
studied and used in Europe for many years, where in some countries they're
available only by prescription. More recently, mainstream U.S. researchers
have begun paying attention to those supplements. In March 2000, for
instance, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a review
of 15 clinical trials of glucosamine or chondroitin, mostly from Europe.
Overall, the researchers said, "It seems probable that these compounds do
have some efficacy in treating osteoarthritis symptoms."
The best and longest study of
either supplement so far is the Belgian trial of glucosamine published last
year in The Lancet. The three-year, double-blind clinical trial, involving
212 people with osteoarthritis, found that symptoms improved 20 to 25
percent in the glucosamine group, while they worsened slightly in the
placebo group. But the most striking finding showed up on X-rays of the
knee. Narrowing of the joint space on X-ray indicates loss of cartilage;
it's the key indicator of osteoarthritis progression. Serious narrowing
occurred in only half as many patients taking glucosamine as in those
receiving the placebo.
As for chondroitin, a recent
analysis of the combined results of seven randomized, controlled trials
indicated that the supplement may reduce osteoarthritis symptoms and improve
function by an average of some 50 percent.
A number of published studies
pitting either glucosamine or chondroitin against various medications have
found that the drugs worked faster than the supplements. But they also found
that several months after treatment ended, the analgesic effect of the
supplements remained stronger.
None of the studies so
far has found any serious side effects from either supplement.
However, animal research has raised the possibility that glucosamine
may worsen insulin resistance, a major cause of diabetes. So far,
studies in humans have not substantiated that risk. Nevertheless,
people with diabetes should monitor their blood-sugar level
particularly carefully when using that supplement. There have been no
reports of allergic reactions to glucosamine.
But since it's made from
shellfish shells, people who are allergic to seafood should use it
cautiously, watching for reactions, or avoid it entirely. As for
chondroitin, it can cause bleeding in people who have a bleeding
disorder or take a blood-thinning drug.
A few human studies
have suggested that a compound called SAM-e might help relieve the
pain and inflammation.
And two observational studies suggest that
getting enough vitamin D from diet, sunlight, or, if necessary,
supplements might slow the progression of osteoarthritis, in theory
because the vitamin is needed for healthy cartilage and bone.