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Top 10 Joint Support Supplements For Bodybuilding: 2017 Best Buying Guide

By Nader Qudimat / Jul 26, 2017

Do you hear that noise?

It's the sounds of achy joints while typing into Google for the best joint supplements.

You'd think by now we'd have a general consensus on what works and what doesn't.

And we do know what works but supplements still pack overrated ingredients that do not have any solid research behind them.

Like any supplement, there are always companies creating "the next best thing" and unfortunately that can be confusing for people like yourself.

Thankfully, we have research behind human trials behind a single ingredient that's been shown to improve joint health.

That one ingredient is methylsulfonylmethane, aka MSM. MSM, an organic molecule containing sulfur is luckily found in many joint supplements.

What Is MSM And How Does It Work?

MSM is an organic sulfur compound that's used in many joint supplements.

It works by providing a sulfar source for the body which is used for protein synthesis, strengthening connective tissue and absorbing nutrients for energy.

Studies have shown results with dosages of 3 grams per day.

The best form of MSM is "OptiMSM" as it's the form that's used in human studies and is produced under strict regulations.

What are the best joint supplements?

Usually the best supplements hold the best quality ingredients and in most cases, it’s patented ingredients.

Patented ingredients are the best since they are produced under strict regulations and is used for research and studies.

You’d want to look for OptiMSM as that’s the form used in the studies for joint relief and health.

Although OptiMSM is the best form, we’ll still list ones containing plain MSM if the overall formula is solid.

Now there are sometimes joint supplements that have still have research behind the formula but doesn’t use MSM at all (like GenoFlex by PEScience).

It doesn’t make it useless but as long as there’s research behind the ingredients used, then they may land on this top list.

Top 11 Joint Care Supplements

11. Legion Fortify Joint

Features:

  • Curcumin 500mg
  • Grapeseed extract 90mg
  • Acetyl 11-keto-beta 30mg
  • Bioperine 20mg
  • UC 2 10mg

Legion has a whole line up of supplements that are hot sellers on Amazon.

Their Pulse pre workout is especially one of the best pre workouts you can get as it’s packed with everything you need to conquer your workout and performance.

Legions Fortify Joint supplement is focused on joint health and pain.

It’s formula is mainly made up of herbs like curcumin, piperine, boswellia serrata and grapeseed extract.

The main ingredient that will help with joint inflammation which is caused by everyday activities and hard training.

For reduced joint pain, increased joint support and tendon strengthener, you’ll enjoy using Fortify.

10. Iforce nutrition Joint Help

Features:

  • Cissus Quadrangularis 1g (10% total ketosterones)
  • ParActin (Bioactive 14neo-andro compound blend) 126mg

Although this product has been out for quite a while, it is still available to get.

Joint Help, created by iForce Nutrition, is unique as it packs two different compounds for two purposes.

One is Cissus, which improves joint flexilbility and improves overall joint health, and another is Paractin, which can relieve joint pain.

Many reviewers say that this is even better than Animal Flex, Orange Triad and the many other joint products.

Seeing how this has been available for so long, there’s no doubt this is worth trying at least once.

9. Genoflex by PEScience

Features:

  • Cissus Quadrangularis (2.9g)
  • Passion Fruit Seed Extract (150mg)
  • Aspresflex (Boxwellia Serrata Extract) (100mg)

If you’ve tried anything by PEScience then you’d know they do things big.

Everything from their pump inducing, nitrate based nitric oxide supplement High Volume to their DMHA containing pre workout, HyperMax.

This joint support product is a bit different than their usual formulas as it’s fairly basic but still very effective.

Containing solid doses of Cissus, passion fruit and boswellia serrata, you’re covered on all fronts including joint pain, overall health and flexibility.

PES is taking a unique approach to joint supplements here as they have not included any glucosamine.

Since all the research for glucosamine is all based on osteoporosis, most athletes and bodybuilders wouldn’t need it.

While we don’t think glucosamine is useless for lifters, PES has still brought a new ingredient to a joint supplement that has been getting great reviews and feedback.

Anything by PES is worth trying so try out their GenoFlex for something unique and new.

8. Machine Motion Advanced Joint Health by MTS Nutrition

Features:

  • Glucosamine sulfate 2g (2kCl)
  • MsM (1g)
  • Chrondroitin Sulfate (600mg)
  • Bromelain (400mg)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (200mg)
  • Black pepper extract (5mg)

This joint supplement by MTS Nutrition, which is run by Marc Lobliner, contains everything from glucosamine sulfate, to cissus and MSM.

Joint pain, support and overall health is all improved by this formula.

It contains 30 servings of 6 capsules, which is bit more than most of the products listed here but that’s because it just has more per serving.

Combining both traditional herbs like cissus and compounds like MSM and glucosamine, you’ll get full support for your joints with these ingredients.

Everything is scientifically dosed so you know you’re not just getting guesswork here.

This joint formula is great overall and has all the basics for improved joint support and health.

7. Joint Support by Infinite Labs

Features:

  • 1500 mg glucosamine sulfate
  • 500 mg MSM
  • Extracts such as white willow bark extract, ginger extract, boswellia serrata extract, turmeric extract, etc.
  • 50 mg cayenne
  • 4 mg hyaluronic acid

Infinite Labs is known to make some solid supplements.

Their joint support supplement is made to fight the wear and tear that is caused by hard training and active lifestyles.

The ingredients range from herb extracts to both MSM and glucosamine sulfate.

Every 3 tablet serving is packed with everything needed to keep your joints lubricated and healthy.

With multiple benefits behind each ingredient, including increased metabolism, improved immune system and increased recovery, there’s no doubt this makes for a solid choice for better joint health.

6. Joint Support XT by SNS

Features:

  • Calcium 75mg
  • Glucosamine Sulfate HCl (1.5g)
  • NEM Natural Eggshell Membrane 500mg
  • ParActin 300mg
  • Boswellin SUper 100mg

With the endless choices of joint support supplements out there, it can get a bit overwhelming to pick the best one.

SNS has formulated Joint Support XT to not only contain Glucosamine Sulfate but also Natural Eggshell Membrase, Andrographic Paniculata and Boswellin.

All of these extracts are fast acting and only take about 7 days to start seeing benefits, which is faster than most joint supplements

5. Orange Triad by Controlled Labs

Features:

  • Joint Complex™ 2000mg
  • Glucosamine Sulfate And Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Flex Complex™ 1550mg
  • MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane)
  • Bromelain (2000 GDU)
  • Hyaluronic Acid

Orange Triad is Controlled Labs answer to Animal Flex as it’s an all-in-one multi-vitamin and joint care supplement.

With a complete range of vitamins from A to Z, you’re getting all the minerals and vitamins you need and whether you’re bodybuilding or training for the Olympics, you’ll surely get everything you need from 6 tablets of Orange Triad.

For joint health, you’re covered on all fronts as it has 2 specific blends for full joint and tendon health.

4. Universal Flex by Universal Nutrition

Features:

  • Glucosamine (As HCL, Sulfate 2KCI)
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • Chondroitin Sulfate A (CSA)
  • Chondroitin Sulfate C (CSC)
  • 1000mg Flaxseed Oil (50% Alpha Linolenic Acid)
  • Cetyl Myristoleate Blend
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Ginger Root Extract
  • And more…

Animal Flex is a joint formula to help maintain and improve bodybuilders joints. Each blend is designed to help joints stay healthy and strong.

While each blend has quite a few ingredients without any disclosure of dosages, it still has great reviews and many people regard this as a staple in their supplement arsenal.

The formula has everything from MSM, Glucosamine to Flaxseed oil, ginger root and even turmeric root.

The wide range of ingredients makes it an attractive joint supplement for bodybuilders, powerlifters and even athletes.

Like most products from Universal, you only need a single pack per day.

3. Joint And Muscle Recovery by Six Star Pro Nutrition

Features:

  • 3.2g blend:
  • OptiMSM
  • White willow extract
  • Cartilage Standardized 40mg
  • UC-II® Standardized Collage 10mg

Having multiple ingredients in addition to OptiMSM is a great way to go since it’ll cover your joint health from all fronts.

Six Star Nutrition Joint & Muscle Recovery uses a great formula of ingredients, including OptiMSM, to help increase joint mobility and it even supports muscle growth so you can keep performing at your very best without degrading your joint health.

It uses both, OptiMSM, and UC-II® Standardized Collage to help keep your joints healthy and mobile.

Six Star also included White Willow extract here to relieve joint pain as it’s been shown in research that it can be as strong as aspirin.

You can’t go wrong with this joint product if you’re looking to keep your performance up.

Look into Six Star’s Joint & Muscle Recovery and try it out to see if it’s a right fit for your supplement arsenal.

2. Doctors Best MSM

Features:

  • 1g Methylsulfonylmethane

Doctors Best made sure you’ve got more than one option as this comes in 3 forms: tablets, powder and capsules.

Since MSM powder is super water soluble, you can add it to anything you can imagine and you wouldn’t notice it at all.

That means you can add it to your pre workout, meals, or whatever you like.

Doctors Best MSM is a great choice for OptiMSM.

1. NutraBio OptiMSM / Extreme Joint Care NutraBio

Features:

  • D-Glucosamine Sulfate (1500mg)
  • Chondroitin Sulfate (540mg)
  • Gelatin (442mg)
  • Opti-MSM (500mg)
  • Meriva® Turmeric Phytosome (200mg)
  • KollaGen II-xs™ (200mg)
  • ApresFlex® (100mg)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (100mg)
  • Bioperine (5mg) Boron (3mg)

NutraBio has been leading the supplement industry with transparent and high quality ingredients right from day 1.

They’ve been creating supplements for nearly two decades now.

If you want something that is simple with one leading ingredient, go with their MSM supplement which features 1 full gram of OptiMSM per serving.

There are no other fillers or other ingredients, so you know you are getting what you pay for and nothing else.

Now if you want a whole formula dedicated for joint health then go for their Extreme Joint Care product.

It features 10 ingredients that are each made to strengthen and maintain joint health.

This formula is well put together and it’s made by a trusted company.

Take a look at Extreme Joint Care and try it out.

Forged by the iron and cold steel, Nader takes his knowledge and hulk smashes it into this puny site.


Being an ex-hardgainer, he has no choice but to keep training until he has surpassed in every way imaginable.


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