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Olimp Glucosamine Flex is a dietary supplement recommended for everyone who wants to take good care of their musculoskeletal system and improve the condition of their joints. It contains highly assimilable glucosamine sulphate of natural origin (crustaceans), potassium chloride, and vitamin C. The components form joint cartilage and other connective tissues as well as support proper collagen synthesis.
Glucosamine is a glucose derivative in which a hydroxyl group is replaced by an amine group. It is present in most tissues in the body, and its highest concentration is located in joint cartilage. It is a precursor of many biomolecules, such as heparin, glycoproteins, sialic acid, and chondroitin.
Research shows that glucosamine in the form of sulphate is very well absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. In the intestines, the compound is hydrolysed and free glucosamine is released. Its bioavailability in that case is about 90%, which is almost four times as high as in the case of free glucosamine administration. Additionally, taking it in the form of sulphate leads to further positive effects: its higher levels in blood and tissues, which enables its faster action.
Glucosamine has a positive effect on the movement apparatus. Research shows that supplementation with glucosamine sulphate reduces the risk of collagen degradation and stimulates its production, as well as reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Lab tests have demonstrated that it is directly absorbed into chondrocytes, where it boosts proteoglycan production. Another mechanism responsible for the benefits of glucosamine supplementation is direct stimulation of joint cartilage synthesis.
Additionally, glucosamine has an inhibitory effect on interleukin 1 (IL-1), which is an inflammatory mediator. Thanks to that, it reduces collagen degradation in tissues damaged by arthritis. In the long term, the inhibition of IL-1 leads to decreased secretion of other pro-inflammatory factors and a reduction of inflammation in the cartilage.
Vitamin C actively participates in many biochemical processes in the body. It takes part in the synthesis of collagen, the main protein in connective tissue. Collagen is found in every element of the movement apparatus: bones, cartilages, tendons and ligaments. It gives tissues flexibility, resistance to stretching, and prevents their tearing. Collagen synthesis requires a constant supply of vitamin C in sufficient amounts, which makes it particularly important for athletes and people who do heavy physical work. Ascorbic acid supplementation also reduces cartilage loss and supports its regeneration.
Another function of ascorbic acid is preventing inflammation. Because of that, it found application in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The combination of vitamin C with glucosamine sulphate guarantees their efficiency regarding inflammation.
Potassium chloride is a salt containing one of the most important cations in the body in a highly assimilable form. Potassium actively participates in the transmission of nerve impulses and prevents painful muscle cramps. Another one of its functions is a cardioprotective effect – it regulates the functioning of the heart, preventing heart attacks. The use of dietary supplements with potassium chloride is especially recommended for athletes and bodybuilders, as their intensive lifestyle particularly forces their hearts and muscles to work hard.
To sum up, Olimp Glucosamine Flex is recommended not only for people who want to take care of the functioning of their joints in a complex way, but also for those who wish to prevent joint degeneration or reduce the risk of injuries within the movement apparatus. Thanks to the content of vitamin C, the supplement with help to keep the joints healthy and flexible. Additionally, the preparation can prove useful for menopausal women and seniors who might need to regenerate and strengthen their tendons, ligaments and cartilage tissue.
The best effects of the preparation can be achieved by long-term supplementation, that is at least 4 weeks. Because of the natural origin of the ingredients (glucosamine sulphate obtained from crustaceans), do not use the preparation if you have a diagnosed allergy. Moreover, the following groups should be particularly careful when using the product: people who suffer from diabetes or hypoglycaemia, use anticoagulant drugs, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Olimp is a Polish company offering dietary supplements and supplements for athletes that are made of carefully selected and safe for health ingredients. Among the products of this brand are protein supplements, amino acid supplements, pre-workout supplements and creatine. The company also allows the purchase of supplements inducing a strong muscle pump by raising significantly the level of nitric oxide in the blood and supplements restoring acid-alkine balance. Also noteworthy are supplements helping to reduce body fat, regulating metabolism and improving of the hair, skin and nails.
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Glucosamine sulphate (glucosamine) is an amino sugar present in cartilage matrix; compound needed for the glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans, affecting its structure and flexibility, increasing immunity to overloads. Glucosamine is synthesized in the human body, it can be supplied from the outside (a component of shells of marine crustaceans, and in coatings for fungi) as supplements. Increased demand for glucosamine occurs in sports training (athletes exposed to overload the musculoskeletal system), during convalescence after injuries and contusions, moreover, in the case of older people in prevention and therapeutic of degenerative changes of the locomotor system. Glucosamine occurs as mono-preparation or multiple preparations (including, among others, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin, collagen hydrolyzate and ascorbic acid) in supplementation in supporting the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, such as d-glucosamine sulphate 2KCl; HCL Poly NAG.
Dosage: 500-1500 mg per day.
Potassium and sodium regulate the body's water resources, ensuring normal heart rhythm. Maintaining the proper level of potassium provides the proper oxidation of the brain, lowers blood pressure, increases the permeability of cell membranes (as an antagonist of calcium). It is a base-forming element. It is widely used in sports diet before and after training in the form of supplements, nutrients, vitamin-mineral preparations and minerals, concentrates and ready, isotonic and hypertonic beverages. Natural sources of acquisition of potassium are: vegetable products (bananas, citrus fruits, melons, mint leaves, green vegetables, potatoes) and animal products (sea fish, meat). Potassium is present in the form of organic compounds: citric acids, and fumarates gluconates and inorganic (chlorides, sulfates, oxides and carbonates).
Potassium deficiency (hypokalemia): excessive tiredness, headaches and irritability, problems with sleeping, muscle cramps, constipation. Potassium levels may drop sharply in the event of a reduction in blood sugar levels, prolonged starvation, severe diarrhea. They can occur when too much of strong coffee is consumed, with alcohol abuse and when eating too much sweets.
The excess of potassium (hyperkalemia) is often the cause of depression, hypotension, tingling in the extremities.
Chlorine (chemical element from the group of halogens) - in the natural form of gas it is poisonous and water-soluble (until recently used as a disinfectant in the water supply system, now replaced by fluorination). It is chemically active element. It is used in the form of sodium chloride (NaCl) and potassium (KCl). It participates in the process of digestion and maintains acid-base balance in the body, removes toxic products of metabolism in the liver (antitoxin). Natural source of chlorine for the body is salt and bladderwrack.
Chlorine deficiency can occur due to excessive sweating, vomiting, causing digestive tract problems. It also causes loss of hair and teeth.
Excess chlorine, for example. Drink excessive amounts of chlorinated water, destroys bacterial flora and vitamin E.
Dosage: Daily dose should not exceed 15 grams.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) it is a vitamin soluble in body fluids, can be taken from foods (fruits and vegetables), or as drug derived synthetically. The largest of its resources can be found in broccoli, Brussels sprout, kale, black currant fruit and hawthorn, citrus fruits, tomatoes, Savoy cabbage, potatoes. In fact, intake of vitamin C of the food products does not limit the absorbed quantity. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a potent antioxidant, it is an antitoxic, increasing the immune system due to the elimination of risk of bacterial contamination. Vitamin C prevents rupture of blood vessels, affects the blood cholesterol level. It substantially increases the absorption of iron. Inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Lowers stress levels.
Vitamin C deficiency causes abnormal development of connective tissue, cracking capillaries, abnormal calcification of bone tissue, impaired absorption of iron, scorbutus. With the lack of vitamin C, all kinds of injuries do not heal up properly. Vitamin C deficiency can be caused by smoking; each cigarette is destroying up to 100 mg of vitamin C.
Dosage: The demand is 60-80 mg daily. It does not limit the ability to consume higher doses. Some side effects may occur only with longer taking of synthetic vitamin C.
Ascorbic acid – vitamin C. Its biologically active form is the L-isomer, which negatively rotates the polarised light, so that it is a dextroisomer (laevorotatory vitamin C does not exist). It is a strong antioxidant; it reduces the amounts of free radicals, which reduces oxidative stress, a factor leading to cell apoptosis, which is why it is indicated to be a cause for premature ageing.
It supports the immune system functions and increases body system immunity. It is an essential element of the collagen synthesis path, which is why it positively affects the condition of connective tissue. Hence, it promotes also wound healing and increases the durability of capillary vessel. It is involved in transformations of tyrosine and carnitine as well as of some nutrients, so that it affects metabolism. It can also have an impact on the nervous system functions, as it reduces mental fatigue.
Higher supply of vitamin C is especially recommended in the periods of more intensive body system burden, after infections and in order to accelerate regeneration. The indications for increased supply of the vitamin are also hard physical work or intensive trainings.
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