Supple Joint Health Supplement

Can Supple Live Up to the Hype "As Seen On TV?"

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Supple Makes Claims

The answer for joint problems in a delicious drink. Clinically proven effective. Rebuild cartilage, regain joint mobility, relieve joint suffering -- guaranteed! You'll feel better in 7 days, and better every week.

Those bold claims are part of a marketing campaign for liquid supplement, Supple. Does it grab your attention? Or are you tempted to say "I've heard it all before?" It's wise to at least learn about the supplement.

What's in it that might be different from other supplements? What should you know before buying a bottle of Supple?

What Is Supple?

Supple is a dietary supplement that is meant to be consumed in liquid form. You can buy it pre-mixed in cans or as a powder to mix with water. The powdered version has 1,500 mg glucosamine, 1,200 mg chondroitin sulfate, 9 vitamins and minerals (including vitamins C, D, E, B6, B12, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium), and rebaudioside-A.

Rebaudioside-A is a pure extract from the plant stevia rebaudiana, which, according to the manufacturer, provides a natural way to reduce blood sugar levels.

Supple is advertised as being shellfish-free, artificial sweetener-free, preservative-free, and comes with a 100% guarantee that its label claims are accurate.

Indications for Use of Supple

The manufacturer claims "Supple provides the body with the building blocks of cartilage, glucosamine and chondroitin, to augment the strengthening and rebuilding process.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are natural molecules that penetrate to the joints and help synthesize proteoglycans which give resilience to cartilage and strength to ligaments surrounding the joint." Simply put, the manufacturer claims Supple improves joint health.

How Is Supple Consumed?

Directions indicate that you should drink one can of Supple every day, over ice or with water -- and all at once.

They recommend it as part of a 2-step solution, the other step being a fitness program that includes strength training, stretching and low-impact aerobics.

What's Different About Supple?

There are many glucosamine and/or chondroitin products on the market. What makes Supple different? According to the manufacturer, Supple was the first liquid dietary supplement in the United States that used CS Chondroitin Sulfate. Supple also claims to contain high-quality web site calls for regulation of dietary supplements. They promote an exercise program book for beating arthritis.

Availability of Supple

Supple can be ordered online from the manufacturer or via Amazon.com. You can choose between a 24-day or 48-day supply. You can call to ask questions about ordering or availability.

Precautions and Warnings for Supple

Any precautions that would apply to glucosamine or chondroitin would also apply to Supple since those are its primary ingredients.

Legal Challenges to Supple LLC Ads

A class action suit was filed in 2012 by Arleen Cabral in the U.S.

District Court for the Central District of California, case number 5:12-cv-00085, saying Supple LLC was making unsupported advertising claims. However, this suit was brought to a halt in 2015 when the Ninth Circuit overturned the certification of a class action. As of January, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees ad claims, has not taken any action against Supple LLC.

Bottom Line

As with any supplement, whether it is in pill form or liquid, discuss the product with your doctor before trying it. Discuss how to take it, how much to take, if any interactions are possible with other drugs and supplements you take, and what are realistic expectations for the product. Discuss how long to try it. If you haven't seen results in a specified time period, should you discontinue Supple?

While Supple maintains that its labeled claims are 100% guaranteed, its disclaimer reads "The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Keep your expectations realistic. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons no longer recommends glucosamine and chondoitin, they have concluded the evidence does not support using them for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

Sources:

Supple. Accessed 2/7/16. http://www.supplebodies.com

Guideline on the Treatment of Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee. Richmond John MD et al. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 5/18/2013.

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