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Product Review: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for Joint Health

Initial Posting: 2/22/14 Last Update: 4/26/16
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for Joint Health Reviewed by Less Ingredient Than Claimed and Contamination Found Among Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements

Find a CL Approved Supplement That May Help with Arthritis and Joint Pain!

Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia supplements compared in this review
Bluebonnet Vegetarian Glucosamine MSM Joint Juice On The Go! Solgar No. 7
Cosamin DS Kirkland Signature (Costco) Glucosamine HCl MSM Source Naturals Chondroitin Sulfate
CVS Gluc. Chondr. Triple Strength w/ MSM Life Extension ArthroMax UC-II and ApresFlex Spring Valley (Walmart) Glucosamine Chondr. Soft Chews
DG Health Triple Strength Gluc Chond MSM Nature Made Triple Flex TR CAPS TR Joint Plus Caps
Doctor's BEST Best MSM 1500 NOW Vegetarian Glucosamine & MSM Twinlab Glucosamine Sulfate
DONA Crystalline Glucosamine Sulfate Osteo Bi-Flex Joint Care USANA Procosa
Dr. David Williams Joint CPR Pure Encapsulations Gluco. Chondr. w/ MSM Vitacost 5-Loxin
Elations Healthier Joints Puritan's Pride Triple Strength Joint Soother Vitamin Shoppe Triple Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Glucosamine Chondroitin Schiff Move Free Total Joint Health Vitamin World Joint Soother
Instaflex Joint Support Shaklee Joint Health Complex Webber Naturals Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
Jarrow Formulas Glucosamine + Chondroitin + MSM Simply Right (Sam's Club) Gluc. Chondr. Vit. D-3 Whole Foods Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Make sure the arthritis joint supplement you take passed our quality review and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia may help treat or relieve pain of arthritis caused by worn cartilage in joints -- a condition known as osteoarthritis. However, the quality of supplements for joint health varies, as do the ingredients, dose, and price. How can you select the best joint health supplement? tells you how in this new report.
Among the 18 supplements selected and tested, only 15 met quality standards and labeling requirements. One product contained only 84.6% of its listed chondroitin sulfate and exceeded limits for lead in a daily serving. Another product contained just 51.6% of the Boswellia promised on the label, based on its content of boswellic acids. And the tablets of a third product would not properly break apart to fully release its ingredients. Interestingly, two of the products which failed testing were also the most expensive products reviewed.
Fortunately, we also identified many supplements containing all of the listed glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and/or Boswellia, as well as being below CL's limit for lead contamination, able to break apart properly, and properly labeled. Among these products top-rated for quality, we determined those available at the lowest cost, so you can find a quality joint health supplement at the best price.
In this comprehensive report about glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia supplements for arthritis and joint health, you'll get test results and quality ratings for 33 supplements (including 15 that passed our Quality Certification Program) and one product similar to another that passed testing. You'll learn:
    • Which glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia supplements passed or failed's testing and review
    • What glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia are and what they can and cannot do for arthritis
    • How various forms of these ingredients differ, such as the HCl and sulfate forms of glucosamine, and the 5-Loxin, AprèsFlex, and Aflapin forms of Boswellia extract
    • Which CL Approved products are lowest cost
    • Which other ingredients in joint health formulas (such as turmeric, ginger or manganese) may or may not be helpful
    • What is the proper dose of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia to treat osteoarthritis
    • Potential side-effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia
Also see our separate report on these types of supplements for dogs, cats, and horses. 

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