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Monday, September 7, 2009

Active and Free Joint Solution

If you've been reading my blog for long, you know that I suffer from severe degenerative arthritis, which has really impacted my ability to walk or do any other weight bearing activities or exercise. My knees are in terrible condition, and the orthopedic surgeon says I will need total knee replacements before too long. I have pain in my other joints as well, especially my hands. I hate that I am in pain daily from this, and it started so young... in my 30's. When I told the doctor that my Mom was walking with a cane by the time she was 55, he said, "at the rate you're going, you'll have her beat." Sad. They told me losing weight would help... and it has... but not completely. Some days I still limp. My knees hurt every single day.

I've been on a regimen of supplements that helped me a lot. I'd say it cut my pain down about 70%. But I was still hurting, so I was excited for the opportunity to try Active and Free Joint Solution, a relatively new supplement that promises "long-term, restorative relief rather than temporary, symptomatic relief" and claims it "provides nutrients your body requires for healing and rebuilding damaged joints." Sounds good to me. I figured it wouldn't cure or heal my severely damaged joints, but might provide some relief from the daily "grind," so to speak.

Before I take any supplement, I take a good long look at the ingredients. I don't want to ingest anything harmful. The website states: "Joint Solution includes 64 trace minerals (plant derived), hydrolyzed collagen type II, hyaluronic acid, boswellia serrata, chondroitin, glucosamine HCL (plant-derived), MSM (plant derived). All ingredients are completely natural and contain no shellfish." I looked up each ingredient before I decided that this was a safe supplement for me to take. I was especially glad it is shellfish-free, as I am allergic to shellfish and have had trouble in the past finding a shellfish-free glucosamine (one of the supplements I take).

When I started taking Joint Solution, I was amazed to feel a definite improvement within a matter of days. My pain was dramatically reduced in my knees. I was really surprised that this stuff worked so well! I kept taking it with success until I was struck with a bout of stomach flu. I'm sure if you read my blog you remember this: it was in the spring, and I was so sick that I could not even take fluids. So of course I was forced to stop taking the Joint Solution for a few days.

When I was well, I wondered if my joint pain would come back if I didn't start taking the Joint Solution again. I thought, "well, I feel fine now. Maybe the improvement was all in my head. Maybe that stuff wasn't really helping." But within a week, the pain in my knees and hands was back with a vengeance. It felt worse than before (I believe because I'd been taking other supplements before, and now was taking *nothing* for my joints). I went back on the Joint Solution, and in about 5 days, the pain was once again much better. I'd say that the pain and discomfort were about 90% gone.

So I like this stuff. I like it a lot. It really *did* help me with my pain levels, quite a bit, and more than my usual supplements. When I take nothing at all, my pain is crippling. So it is very important to me to find good supplements that allow me to be active and mobile.

When my free trial of Joint Solution ran out, I didn't purchase more simply because I already have a closet full of my other supplements to use up and my finances aren't great at the moment. My pain level did increase a bit because of this. The thing is, on my "old" supplements, the pain is worse on some days than others. Usually, it's 70 to 80 percent better than I am with NO supplements, but each day varies. On the Joint Solution, I had very consistent results with each day being about 90% better than a non-supplemented day. I'd like to go back on Joint Solution again. I think it would actually allow me to delay the knee surgery my doctor says I will need. And it took care of the pain in my hands, which my other supplements don't seem to control well.

As a comparison, the supplements I used before Joint Solution and am using up now are:

Source Naturals Vegetarian Glucosamine, 750 mg, 2x/day
Source Naturals Chondroitin Sulfate, 600 mg, 2x/day
Turmeric Force once a day, in the morning

I also occasionally use InflameAway Celadrin capsules, which I break open and squeeze the contents onto my knees and rub it in. I use this when I know I am going on a long walk or if I want to bike but my knees hurt. When I am very achy I also use Tart Cherry Concentrate which I buy at the local Farmer's Market. I put a Tablespoon of the stuff into my tea or smoothie and it really helps with the inflammation and soreness.

So that's a lot of supplements I use, and like I said, they help a lot. But I'd rather just take one supplement. Joint Solution would be the one.

On their website right now, they have an offer: buy 2 bottles, get one free (the link says "free bottle of Joint Solution"). They also have a 180-day money back guarantee. First time customers can buy one bottle for $29.95 with free shipping and handling, which seems pretty reasonable to me. Second and subsequent bottles are a bit higher with discounts for recurring orders. From my dealings with this company I have seen nothing but excellent customer service and that's why I feel I can recommend them.

If you'd like to win a bottle of Joint Solution to try for yourself, just leave a comment on this post telling me how you think this product would help you or someone you care about. Next Monday, September 14th, a winner will be chosen and a bottle will be shipped to you for free! I am excited to see if it helps you as much as it did me.

**Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor or anything. Check with your doctor before beginning any new supplements.**

I wasn't paid to do this review. I got a free trial of the product, but if I thought it sucked I'd be the first to say so. But I liked it, a lot. I liked dealing with them, too. So if you have arthritis, check it out: Active and Free Joint Solution.

And please come back and let me know how you liked the product and the customer service.

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