We’ve recently taken stock of a Joint Health Supplement – GOPO® Joint Health. It claims to help maintain healthy and flexible joints.
Most people I know have at some point experienced some sort of pain or niggle in their joints - I know that I certainly do on a fairly frequent basis. It just seems to be a fact of life that we’ve to put up with occasionally sore or aching joints. Could something like GOPO Joint Health Supplement help?
Just what is GOPO®?
It's 'glycoside of mono and diglycerol' - according to the ingredients listed on GOPO Joint Health Supplement's box.
As far as I understand it, GOPO is a key component of a "specially cultivated" rose-hip. And it's this specially cultivated rose-hip that’s found in GOPO Joint Health Supplement's formula.
So, it’s not a small, lightweight, 'loved by snowboarders and mountain-bikers' video camera then?
(this isn't me)
What is Rose-Hip?
Rose-hip is basically the round part of a rose flower, that's found just below the petals. It contains the seeds of the rose plant.
Rose-Hip is naturally very high in Vitamin C (which is essential for normal collagen formation. Our bodies need this to maintain healthy bones and cartilage). As well as being essential for the production of collagen, Vitamin C has lots of other important health benefits: for example it boosts our immune system, is used for treating stomach disorders, gallstones and gallbladder ailments, kidney and urinary tract infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. It’s important stuff.
About the GOPO that's found in GOPO Joint Health Supplement
Scandinavian research projects and published scientific studies have established that GOPO may play a valuable role in the care of our joints and joint tissue.
That's because (as said already) GOPO Joint Health is rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for normal collagen formation. Our bodies need this to maintain healthy bones and cartilage.
My own Joint Health
I'm a male in his 30s.
OK - Mid-to-late 30s.
I’ve recently joined a running club. I’ve even bought a new pair of trainers and a Garmin watch. I’m trying to run 2-3 times a week, and over the past few months I’ve ran a number of 10K night-time trail races (in the dark, wearing a headtorch…)
(nor is this me)
It’s good exercise of course – I can feel myself getting fitter with every week that passes. I've more stamina, and I'm taking the belt in an extra notch (most mornings) … But I’m often feeling a niggle/mild pain in one of my knees or ankles (both knees and both ankles are occasionally sore - it's not a constant injury in one single joint).
Whilst I know that I should stretch properly after a run (in fact - on a fairly regular basis, even when I’m not running), I don’t. I know full well that this can contribute to joint pain, but still I don’t… I own a foam roller, don't really use it...
(this also isn't me...)
You could say that my sore knees and ankles are a result of me not stretching properly (or at all...). I wouldn't even argue with you.
GOPO Joint Health Supplement
What I will do is take GOPO Joint Health Supplement for a couple of months - to trial it, and see if I notice any improvement in my knees and ankles.
Initially it should be taken as follows: 3 capsules, twice a day. That's 6 capsules daily - or a 20 day supply from the 120 Capsule pack of GOPO Joint Health that we sell.
After a period of between 3 and 5 weeks, you would then reduce your dosage to 2 capsules twice a day - appriximately one month's supply.
And - in a couple of months time - I'll hopefully come back with great news about how fresh, flexible and pain-free my joints are!
Hopefully I'll have also convinced myself that stretching after an 8 mile run isn't such a dumb idea either...