Gluco-Flex Forte (90 Caps) by Douglas Labs
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N-Acetyl Glucosamine ........................... 250 mg
Bovine Cartilage ............................... 100 mg
Glucosamine Sulfate ............................ 250 mg
Gluco-Flex Forte™, provided by Douglas
Laboratories, is a synergistic blend of glucosamine
sulfate, n-acetyl glucosamine and bovine cartilage.
The combination of these products has been carefully
formulated and specifically designed to help maintain
the structure and function of healthy joints.
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino sugar
found in glycosoaminoglycans (mucopolysaccharides),
integral components of the proteoglycans found in
joint cartilage. Proteoglycans are large carbohydrate
rich structures that provide resiliency, load
distribution, shock-absorbing, compressive and
lubricating properties to joints and connective tissues.
Dietary glucosamine serves as an immediate
precursor for glycosaminoglycan synthesis, and also
stimulates incorporation of other precursors into the
connective tissue matrix.
The availability of glucosamine is an integral part of
the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans and
proteoglycans that are necessary during the constant
remodeling that aging cartilage undergoes. Thus, the
maintenance of healthy aging cartilage may be
improved with enhanced deposition of
glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans.
Bioavailability of oral glucosamine sulfate is
excellent. It is absorbed intact, and utilized very
quickly by all tissues, including connective tissues.
Both n-acetyl glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate
have shown in studies to be effective sources of
glucosamine for glycosaminoglycan and
proteoglycan synthesis in all connective tissues, such
as cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin, and bone.
Chondroitin, a component of bovine cartilage, a
glycosaminoglycan formed in the body, is also used
for the synthesis and maintenance of connective
tissue, primarily within the cartilage matrix. In
addition, chondroitin protects existing cartilage by
reducing water loss from the matrix and by inhibiting
the enzymatic breakdown of the cartilage.
The overlapping activities as well as functional
differences of glucosamine and chondroitin offer
several advantages for combined supplementation.
Although glucosamine is a precursor for chondroitin
synthesis, this process requires large amounts of
metabolic energy. Dietary preformed chondroitin
spares the use of glucosamine for this purpose.
Instead, glucosamine can be used for formation of
other important glycosaminoglycans and
proteoglycans. When adequate chondroitin is thus
available to help protect tissues from premature
breakdown, glucosamine can more readily stimulate
synthesis of healthy new tissue.
Gluco-Flex Forte™ may be a useful nutritional
adjunct for individuals who wish to support the
body's connective tissues, such as skin, tendons,
ligaments, bone, and cartilage.
Serving Size 1 Capsule - Servings per Container 90
Each Capsule Contains:
Adults take 1 capsule daily with meals or as directed