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Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.
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I said I would be writing a series of articles on natural joint care products, which I started last week by going through the actions and options with glucosamine and MSM.

This week I am going to continue with the theme, by starting to look at some of the best natural anti inflammatories available.

Many people come in looking for natural ways to ease their joint pain and inflammation, often because they cannot take many of the normal anti inflammatory drugs due to stomach problems.

We have a couple of products that we reach for in this case. One of them is a product called Celadrin.

Celadrin has been around for a few years now and has sold consistently well for us in that time, with many people coming back again and again to buy it and tell us how good they have found it. Just after Celadrin was first launched, a lady came in to the shop having read about it in a newspaper and said that she wanted to try it for her dog.

He was an elderly dog who was struggling with arthritis and she was hoping it would help give him a bit better quality of life, so he could better enjoy his walks around Heysham Head. We told her that as it was a new product at the time, we didn’t know how well it would actually work, but she was willing to give it a go and bought a bottle.

Two weeks after this a gentleman came in and asked if he could buy some Celadrin.

We asked him where he had heard about it and he told us that he regularly saw that dog out on Heysham Head and had seen improvement in its movement over the last few weeks. As a result he had asked the lady owner what she had been giving the dog and she had told him all about Celadrin.

Sales of Celadrin have continued to build up through word of mouth since then, with many people swearing by it, or coming to get it because their friend has told them to try it.

Celadrin is a combination of esterified oils, which have been reported to have a natural anti inflammatory and joint lubricating action, so we often suggest that people with crunching knees or hips try it.

We tend to find that if it is going to help, it will do so in the first bottle, so it is not something you have to take for months before you would see any possible benefits. The suggested starting dose is 525mg taken three times a day, then cutting down to two a day for maintenance.

The one thing I would say is important though, if you want to try celadrin, is to make sure that you are getting the oil filled capsules. There are dry forms of celadrin available, in fact we did used to sell them, but the reported results were nowhere near as good, so we now stick to the oil based product.