How SAM-e works on Arthritis:
S-adenosyl-methionine is a natural substance that is almost present in the fluids and tissues of the human body. SAM-e reduces the pain, inflammation and stiffness associated with arthritis. SAM-e provides methyl molecules which are needed in producing the chemical compounds necessary for controlling pain, inflammation and the repair of cartilage. Studies done by Mayo Clinic in 2002 ( “Alternative Arthritis Treatments” ) showed that SAM-e may relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis just as good as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, but SAM-e use has fewer side effects.
SAM-e also helps fight depression by increasing the levels of serotonin which makes us feel good. SAM-e also helps in liver detoxification by increasing the amount of glutathione that removes the poison from alcohol damaged liver.
Side Effects and Precautions of SAM-e:
There are no reported interactions with other supplements or medications. Higher intake levels of SAM-e may lead to an increase in homocysteine which contributes to heart disease. To avoid conversion of SAM-e into homocysteine, take Vitamin B6@50mg, B12@1000mcg and Folic Acid@800mcg.
Forms, Dosage and Brand Names of SAM-e:
Adults: For joint health take 2 tablets a day (400mg) preferably on empty stomach 1 hour away from food. Increase the dosage up to 800mg as needed. Since SAM-e is unstable at high temperatures, it is best to keep this food supplement refrigerated.
Pregnant Women: Not recommended.
Children: Not recommended.
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Mansell JP, et al. Biochemical eveidence for altered subchondral bone collagen metabolism in osteoarthritis of the hip. Brit J Rheumatol 36:16-19, 1197
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