I had a question about Instaflex, a widely advertised supplement for arthritic joints that contains a variety of ingredients each of which has potential antinflammatory properties. Although this product has been around for a while, interest was stirred recently because of a discussion on "The Doctors," a CBS TV show. Reference was made to a clinical trial that showed efficacy. Indeed a properly controlled double-blind randomized trial at Appalachian State University showed that those taking Instaflex reported a 37 percent reduction in joint pain. The placebo group reported a 16 percent reduction in pain. This is better than what has been reported for studies using any of the ingredients alone. The study also noted that a 20-pound weight loss has been shown to decrease joint pain by 54 percent.
The daily dosage is three capsules taken together in the morning or evening. The total dose contains: Glucosamine Sulfate 1,500 mg Methylsulfonlylmethane (MSM) 500 mg White Willow Bark Extract 250 mg (Standardized to 15% salicin) Ginger Root Concentrate 4:1 250 mg Boswellia Serrata Extract 125 mg (Standardized to 65% boswellic acid) Turmeric Root Extract 50 mg (Standardized to 95% curcumin) Cayenne 40m H.U. 50 mg Hyaluronic Acid 4 mg