Does Flexgen Really Work?

Q: I am very confused as to which joint pain medication I should be using. Some of my friends use oral medications and others use creams, but both seem to have advantages and disadvantages. I do suffer from pain in my knees but, at this point it is not severe and I really don’t think I need to actually take something on a daily basis. My pharmacist suggested that I start by trying a topical cream on the area for days when the pain is worse and I wanted to know how the Flexgen brand of cream works. What can you tell me?
Expert Answer

Generally, creams that treat* joint pain are really designed more for instant relief rather than being a long-term solution. People that benefit the most from a cream are those who experience occasional stiffness and aching in the joints ,maybe after a strenuous activity or first thing in the morning. However, the creams do not address the underlying cause of joint pain nor prevent further damage to joints.

A cream like Flexgen does not contain any ingredients that help repair cartilage damage such as MSM, Glucosamine or Chondroitin. Rather it uses fatty acid esters that absorb into the skin, helping to ‘oil’ the joint and prevent friction caused by unprotected bones rubbing together. It is also thought that fatty acid esters condition the skin allowing for faster absorption of other essential nutrients and pain relieving extracts such as turmeric, boswellia, camphor and rosemary.

However, for anyone who is more concerned with building a stronger cartilage and increasing* the synovial fluid (the liquid that works as a shock absorber, surrounding every joint) they should really use a medication that includes the aforementioned Glucosamine/ Chondroitin combination and provides Hyaluronic Acid, essential for restoring an adequate amount of fluid for optimal cushioning.

There are numerous choices in the joint support category containing vastly different formulations. You should do your research on the different formulas prior to making your choice. You will find not all products are created equal. You should find one that contains the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively effect change and relief of pain.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.

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