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SUPPLE® Drinks are dietary supplements that claim to "comfort, lubricate and rebuild your joints" (SUPPLEBODIES.com). This claim includes helping your body manufacture more cartilage and decrease swelling to improve the ability of joints to move freely and less painfully (SUPPLEBODIES.com). The product also claims that if you drink SUPPLE®, joints will feel better and swelling will decrees within seven days. This claim is even extended to those individuals with arthritis. The web site also says of SUPPLE® that it "facilitates joint repair and inhibits oxidative injury" (SUPPLEBODIES.com). The makers of SUPPLE® even claim that this drink will help you loose weight. SUPPLE® is 100% guaranteed to deliver as advertised for 30 days (SUPPLEBODIES.com). The claims that SUPPLE® makes are many. However, even though their web site utilizes research results, no actual research is sighted. They seem to attribute some information to common knowledge, and the rest leaves the impression that is has come from the research that SUPPLE® conducted. However, their claims can be fully supported by common knowledge, well known nutritional fact, and current research. First, the assisted weight loss can be attributed to common knowledge. If you drink low calorie SUPPLE® instead of eating a snack, especially a snack high in fat, your caloric intake will decrease, which will in turn cause weight loss. Second, the producers of SUPPLE® claim that the vitamins and minerals in SUPPLE® "facilitate joint repair
Rebecca Hodges 2/19/08 NTR 302 Claims Evaluation and inhibit oxidative injury"(SUPPLEBODIES.com). This is a well documented nutritional fact. The vitamins and mineral listed include vitamins C, E, D, and B, and the minerals Calcium and Magnesium. These vitamins and minerals are beneficial for skeletal and cell membrane maintenance to protect against deterioration and free radicals. This information, while on their web sight, can be affirmed by nutrition text books and consumer information. Third, SUPPLE®'s major claims revolve around glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. The 100% guarantee is, like many guarantees, difficult to cash in on. The refund process is very specific and many people who anticipate the product being effective will not keep the required materials. Therefore, it seems apparent that the validity of SUPPLE®'s claims cannot be based one their guarantee. The claims can, however, be based upon current research on glucosamine and chondroitin. SUPPLE®'s web site is correct about the identity and function of glucosamine and chondroitin in the body. Further, based on current research, "both chondroitin sulfate (CS), and glucosamine sulfate (GS) have demonstrated the ability to diminish pro-inflammatory factors, to modify the cellular death process, and to improve the anabolism/catabolism balance of extracellular cartilage matrix" (Tat). In other words, these substances effectively produce the results that SUPPLE® claims. As for seeing results in seven days, I have found no evidence to support this claim, particularly not on SUPPLE®'s web site. But regardless of the time it takes, for many people this product should provide positive improvement in joint health.
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