Beginners Guide To Joint Supplements*

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Our joints are highly sophisticated units that allow us to move and keep up with our day-to-day demands. Given their importance, we only really appreciate how important they are when they let us down. Unfortunately, joint issues such as arthritis are some of the most common ailments worldwide. This has prompted many of us to pay more attention to our joints and ways we can improve our lifestyle to fight off the issues that are debilitating for so many.

In this article we are going to look at some of the best supplements to take if you are aiming to prevent joint issues from occurring or are looking to combat already present problems.

Why Take Supplements for Joint Health?

All nutritionists would agree that we should try and get every nutrient we need through the diet and only use supplements to make up for any shortcomings. However this is an issue when it comes to joint health, as many of the nutrients that support the joints are not found in any significant amount in the diet.

Although the body naturally creates many of the special compounds the joints need for smooth functioning, factors such as advancing age, injury and a poor lifestyle can mean that we lose the ability to create a sufficient amount. More often than not, this leads to pain which impacts our lives. This is where carefully selected supplements come into play to restore the balance.

Which Supplements Are Best for the Joints?

To ensure the joints remain in good condition, it is crucial to take high quality supplements in the correct doses. In this section, we are going to walk through some of the best supplements for the joints and how much should be taken for the best results.


Glucosamine is the most popular supplement for joint health, with it being successfully used by millions worldwide on a daily basis. Although scientists aren’t 100% sure how glucosamine works, they are pretty confident that it is of benefit because it helps ensure the body has enough collagen. Collagen is a key structural protein in the body that is found in large amounts in the cartilage and connective tissue and therefore is crucial for trouble-free joints.

Glucosamine supplements come in two main forms, sulphate and hydrochloride (HCL). Both of these provide glucosamine, with the only difference being the ‘delivery vehicle’, as glucosamine by itself is not well absorbed. Glucosamine sulphate is derived from crustaceans, so is not suitable for vegetarians or those with a seafood allergy. As HCL is made from maize, it is a suitable option for people who cannot take the sulphate version.

For the best results, it appears that 1500mg per day is the dose to aim for. This can be taken in one dose or numerous smaller amounts throughout the day. Some people see the benefits within a matter of days, but most people feel an improvement to the joints within 4-12 weeks.


Although glucosamine is regularly taken by itself, it is also popular to take it alongside other nutrients which fall under the category of ‘perfect partners’. One of these is chondroitin which is another compound naturally found in the joints.

In the joints, chondroitin works by controlling inflammation – the same inflammation which can accelerate the breakdown of cartilage. Due to this benefit, research has shown that chondroitin supplementation can improve pain levels and flexibility through decreasing joint inflammation and swelling. Chondroitin has been shown time and time again to be a safe supplement, with most research studies using a dose of between 800-1200mg per day.


Rosehip is the fruit from a type of wild rose plant that is native to parts of Europe. It is famous for packing a vitamin C punch, as gram for gram it contains 10 times the amount of oranges! Vitamin C is an essential part of the diet that is known world over for its benefit to the immune system. However, it is also a crucial nutrient for joint health, as it plays an integral role in producing collagen.

Rosehip is much more than its vitamin C content however, as it contains polyphenols, which is the name nutritionists give to powerful plant-based compounds. These special nutrients are known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits which don’t just protect the joints but all cells throughout the body.

Findings fresh rosehip is not very common, so it is regularly consumed through extract supplements to provide a convenient daily dose. To experience the benefits shown in the published research, 5g per day is a good amount to aim for.


Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short, is another supplement that is effective for joint health by itself and even more so when taken alongside glucosamine. Although it is found in very small amounts in some fruits, vegetables and meats, an MSM supplement is the only viable way to obtain an amount that is beneficial.

MSM is one of the best sources of sulphur, which is a mineral that is used as a building block for healthy bones and joints. It also has a role in utilizing glucosamine to influence collagen production. Like glucosamine, 1500mg per day is the recommended dosage.

Thankfully, like the other supplements mentioned in this article, MSM is a safe supplement with very few side effect ever reported. The same cannot be said for over the counter painkillers which many people rely on to overcome joint issues. 


Throughout this article numerous references has been made to the important of collagen for healthy joints. Although the body certainly has the ability to produce collagen, certain factors can often mean that we cannot create a sufficient amount.

Due to this, supplements that provide collagen have become increasingly popular. Collagen supplements come in various forms, with marine and bovine collagen being the most common. Marine collagen is widely regarded as the best, so make sure you look for supplements that are derived from fish.

Collagen is not just taken for the joints however; it is also used to improve the condition of the skin, as after all, collagen is found in high amounts in the skin where it keeps it soft, hydrated and flexible. To experience the benefits to the joints and skin, 10g per day should be aimed for.

Fish Oils

Not all joint issues are mechanical in nature (osteoarthritis), some are rheumatic (rheumatoid arthritis). Although some of the aforementioned supplements exert anti-inflammatory benefits, they only do so in an isolated area. Fish oils, which are rich in omega 3s known as EPA and DHA are proven to combat inflammation throughout the body, and therefore are very effective for rheumatic pain.

Unlike the other supplements in this article, the omegas 3s are easily obtained through the diet, with oily fish such as salmon and mackerel being the best sources. However, if you do not like fish but still want to reap the benefits, a fish oil supplement is a good alternative. Look for a supplement that provides 250mg of EPA and DHA per day.


Hopefully this article has outlined some tried and tested supplements for improving the health and condition of the joints. However it must be said that their benefits are likely to be accentuated when taken as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, so make sure you make other positive changes for the greatest effect. Before taking any supplements, it is advised that you talk to a medical professional to ensure they are right for you.

*Contributed on behalf of Simply Supplements 

Embrace The Italian Style With Chiarugi*

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If you are on the lookout for a nice handbag, wallet, purse, briefcase or even a perhaps a travel/weekend bag, then I recommend you have a peruse of the latest ranges available from Italian leather experts, Chiarugi. 
Chiarugi is a brand which was founded in 1969 by a man named Remo Chiarugi and is based out of the medieval town of Fucecchio not far from Florence. Of course Florence will be familiar to many of you as the city which was home to Leonardo Da Vinci and spiritual home of the Renaissance, but today it is home to the Chiarugi brand, leather product makers extraordinaire!
Chiarugi are widely regarded as being purveyors of the highest quality workmanship, utilizing traditional Tuscan methods which enables Chiarugi to continuously make the highest quality leather goods. Tuscany is a region of Italy which is well known throughout the world for its deep history of leather manufacture and Remo has continued this centuries old tradition of passing on his extensive knowledge and expertise to his son Emiliano who now holds the reigns of the business. I am currently in the market for a briefcase for work and a travel bag as mine is now worn out and literally falling apart at the seams.
Despite the rich history of the region and the brand, I feel the style of the bags are a great mix of the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary. I quite like traditional looking bags, especially for work, I think understated elegance is nice. One doesn't want to have to carry around some huge monstrosity which is a visual eye sore, I'd much rather have something I know has been well made, with attention being paid to each detail. I personally require a bag to be hard wearing and functional which under the direction of Emiliano, are two factors which Chiarugi are certainly mindful of. The products are all made using genuine Italian vegetable tanned leather which will ensure your bag, purse or wallet will stand the test of time. Although aesthetically sturdy and robust, the finish on these products is second to none and you can see for yourself the great level of care and effort which has gone into each piece. It is no wonder that under the stewardship of Emiliano the brand has taken off in the far east and in Russia, where the brand is fast establishing itself as a synonym for high class leather workmanship.

Taking the line of briefcases as an example as I am in need of one currently, there is great variation in styles offered. From the brown leather two pocket case, to the much simpler, more minimalist black flap pocket leather briefcase and everything in between, this is a brand which oozes appeal and typical Italian charm and style. They have a large range of items moving away from bags of all kinds, they also have a selection of scarves, wallets, purses and other such accessories. Again if you like great quality handmade products, made by harnessing centuries of leather making knowledge, by a family run and owned operation, straight out of Tuscany, then these could be the people to cater to your leather needs.

Chiarugi also have an extensive collection of women's bags and various other leather accessories, all available on

*Written by Michael David

How To Be The Best Version Of Yourself - Guest Post By Mia Taylor

The times are difficult and so are we; with so many things happening, it sometimes feels like we’re losing the ground beneath our feet. Getting into so many roles in a day is as frustrating as it is rewarding, but until we get to the reward part, there’s just too much to handle, maneuver, organize, prioritize and learn. And all while we’re doing all those supposedly significant, bigger-than-life things, we’re actively missing out on life itself – all the small, significant things, things that are actually keeping us alive. Honestly, when was the last time you kept your phone in your pocket and just stared at the sky? When was the last time you held your partner tight, didn’t think about deadlines or were happy with your weight? Or, better yet – when was it that you took some time for yourself without rushing out to do just that little thing? Exactly.

The absurdity of “I can”

The paradox of today is that the public is telling us that we are more powerful than ever when the subjective feeling is that, for the most part, it’s quite the opposite. Although we might be stronger, more empowered, liberated and equal than we’ve ever been, the individual plan is where most of us are failing. And it’s not that we’re failing because we’re weak or incapable – it’s because there’s just so much to do. Be the best possible CEO/employee they ever had, be a wife and a sister and a friend; take phenomenal care of your body, cook the most delicious, healthy food, nail it at your freelance gig, get everywhere in those 4 inch heels without tripping, don’t let yourself go out of the house looking plain… or too dressed up. Be emotionally supportive to your partner, find the time for your parents, sex it up in the bedroom, keep the house clean and the fridge stocked, teach your kids manners and show up even when you feel like sleeping through the day. Stay sane. Ironically, we’re managing it all even though there’s only 24 hours in a day and 244 chores to tackle. The question is – when does the absurdity of “I can” stop, and we finally start putting ourselves first?

Stop the clock

Although being a superwoman is a wonderful badge of honor to carry around, we’ll do with just a “woman” for now. You’ve proved everyone you can be this fantastic, bigger-than-life-woman who knows how to do everything, manages to get things done without breaking deadlines, and still looks phenomenal doing it. However, the best version of you isn’t that overworked, tired, constantly stressed gal you keep seeing in the mirror; it’s the woman who knows when to say “enough” and stops to rest when she feels like it. Her life is her own happiness, and she does everything in her power to keep herself happy first, and then – everyone else. This girl is no longer worried about how to be a good girlfriend – she knows it: by actually spending time with the one she loves, and letting herself go. She takes risks, but the risks that pay off for her; she values her time, her youth, her fine lines and first grays in her hair. She is capable and grateful for every opportunity she is given, but she is finally realizing her life, her happiness, and her peace are more valuable than a deadline. And, so – she is actively working on growing into the best version of herself by removing the toxicity from her life and introducing things that make her jump for joy.

Everything in moderation

Forget everything that you’ve ever read on how to be the best version of yourself. Forget about all the musts and mustn’ts, the monthly magazine hypes pushing you into a mold you are supposed to like, just so you could fit in somewhere you don’t belong. Forget everything that you ever did that made you unhappy or less. Close your eyes, and think. Think about things that make your heart jump; give power to your thoughts by marrying them to your emotions and let them work for you.  Envision yourself in the most positive light… what do you look like? Are you thin? Great – go the gym straight away! Are you chubby? Awesome, enjoy that cake! Are you wearing the latest D&G collection or are you rocking ripped jeans with a bomber? Are you holding someone’s hand, or are you single? Is there a glass-wall office in your mind or are you working from a home office? Whatever you envision, write it down as your starting points of gradually building the best you, the happy you. Once you are clear on who you actually are – you’ll shine brighter than the Sun! And that, my Queen – is how you become the best version of yourself.

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Top 5 Biggest Claims In Britain*

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Over the years, we have seen compensation rightfully being paid to individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed — whether this is from medical negligence or by an accident on the road. To find out some of the biggest claims, we’ve teamed up with TRUE Solicitors, specialists in personal injury claims, to find out more.
Maisha Najeeb - £24m
Maisha Najeeb was an active and happy girl who had hopes and dreams to become a doctor, but at the age of ten, she was victim to catastrophic medical negligence. At Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where Maisha was having surgery, doctors accidently inserted a syringe filled with glue into her brain which they initially thought was dye.  
A settlement orchestrated by the High Court said that she will receive a lump sum of £2.8m and then to begin with, gain annual payments of £383,000 until the age of 19. The annual payment will go up to £423,000 each year until she dies. If she lives until 64, she will have received a total of £24m.
Agnes Collier - £23m
At the age of 13, Agnes Collier was involved in a car crash that killed her mother, Karen Hood, and left her with serious spinal injuries. The crash was caused when a BMW executive pulled out from a side road at an unexpected time. Agnes was left paralysed in all four limbs, but with her hunger for success, she was able to return to school and pass her exams without failure, and now has hopes to go to university.
From the accident, Agnes received a lump sum payout of £7.5m. Additionally, she will receive £270,000 annually to help cover the costs of her care — which she will require for the rest of her life. Calculating the yearly payment with her life expectancy, it is expected that a total of £23m will be paid.
Manny Helmot - £14m
Manny Helmot was no ordinary man, he competed on behalf of Guernsey at the Commonwealth Games with a speciality in cycling — which he could only hope to do today. In 1998, whilst he was training, Manny was knocked off his bike after being hit by a car. He suffered serious brain injuries, lost the feeling in his right arm and became partially blind as a result.
From his injuries, Manny now requires 24/7 care, and to help with this, he was awarded £13.75m to last his entire lifetime.
Unidentified boy - £13m
An 11-year-old boy, who was born at Manor Hospital in the West Midlands, has the mind capacity of a six-year-old — with no signs of improvement on the horizon. The issue occurred when the boy was not treated for his abnormally low sugar levels. As a result, he became blind with speech problems leading him to have learning difficulties and behavioural problems.
The boy received a lump sum of £1.45m accompanied with annual payments of £88,000 until the boy reaches the age of 16. At this point, the annual figure will increase to £120,000 until the age of 20. From then on, the amount goes up to £145,000 annually. Rightfully, other costs, such as physiotherapy and loss of earnings, are covered.
Wasim Mohammed - £11m
18-year-old Wasim was in the passenger seat when the driver tried to overtake another vehicle at a junction in 2006. At around 50mph, the car sped into a nearby wall leaving him with minimum movement which requires him to have special care by two professionals on a daily basis.
Wasim received a lump sum of £4.25m with annual payments of £235,000 to meet any health-related care. This is expected to calculate to around £11.15m throughout his lifetime.

Above we can see some of the biggest claims in Britain, and although the figures sound good — remember that those affected have been privy to traumatic experiences, and the money given can never be enough to compensate.

Dating Ideas That Just Might Bring You Closer Together*

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When you throw a group of people together and give them an inordinately difficult task, one of two things usually happens. The challenge either a) causes complete havoc and disarray or b) the individuals find a way to work together, thus overcoming said challenge. 
This is usually known as a team building exercise and it can really help to strengthen bonds and improve social relations. 
A team building exercise can also really help you to connect with your partner on a much deeper level. Depending on the nature of the challenge, it can also make or break a relationship. Pressure and/or unusual circumstances will bring out the best and worst in people so be warned. However, if you're prepared to take the chance and you want to really get to know your partner then here are some ideas;

Blindfold Driving 

The Adrenalin Jungle in Nottinghamshire boasts the best in outdoor entertainment. I'm talking 4x4 off road driving, paintballing, quad biking, and even blindfold driving! Spread out over one hundred and fifty acres of woodland and clearings, this would be a fun and challenging experience for any couple. If you live in this area and are single then why not look at a Nottinghamshire dating site? You might meet the man (or woman) of your dreams and you could drag them along for an outdoor adventure.

Caving, Climbing And Abseiling 

Another one for lovers of the great outdoors is Caving, Climbing and Abseiling at Cheddar in Somerset. If you're after a challenging day out then this will be right up your street and the activity sites are located in the beautiful and scenic Mendip Hills. Again if you're after a date then you'll find many local singles on the Somerset dating site. Somerset is also famous for it's popular tourist attraction, Wookey Hole Caves. 


Camping is an experience that can really bring two people closer together. There's nothing quite like roughing it with nature to bring out previously unseen sides of each other. 
Edinburgh singles is a dating website for locals who live in the area and if you are up for a spot of camping then try Edinburgh Festival Camping. This delightful campsite is perfect for any festival goers. Did you know that the annual Edinburgh Festival is the largest cultural event in the world? 

White Water Rafting Or Raft Building

If you don't mind getting wet then try something a little 'outside of the box' such as Whitewater Rafting. The Nene Whitewater Centre in Northampton not only offers sessions in rafting but also in raft building. The idea is to work together to build your own raft and then keep it afloat as you test it on the river. Don't worry, there are instructors on hand to give help and advice!

The Crystal Challenge 

Another unusual idea... A Day in the Country is an award winning team building and conference venue situated on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire border. Home to the 'Crystal Challenge,' this sees teams compete various tasks as they collect as many crystals as possible. On perusing the website this platform seems to be purely for those who want to get out of the office to work on team building. However, who's to say that you can't get your workplace on board or that partners can't come? Interestingly, this challenge is based on the well known TV series, The Crystal Maze. Of course you don't have to live in the area or have met anyone from an Oxfordshire dating site to enjoy a day out like this. It's also easily accessible by car or train. 

If you don't live in or anywhere near any of the above mentioned places and you can't or won't travel then fear not. Simply perform a quick internet search and let Google do its thing. There's bound to be other venues or experience days more local to you.

On a final note, if you're newly single and would like to get back out on the dating scene then I recommend perusing the internet for the very best dating sites. Take the time to perfect your dating profile and if you do have one or two bad dates, please don't let this put you off. We've all been there at some time or another but stick with it, there's someone out there for everyone!

*Photos via Pexels

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