Q. Why is Syn-flex®
considered to be one of the most effective Glucosamine products
on the market today?
A. We have taken the utmost care to ensure we provide
the highest quality, most effective product. To do this,
we use only the highest quality and purest ingredients.
In fact, we use 98% pure liquid Glucosamine with ten other
high quality synergistic arthritis-fighting ingredients.. In addition, each batch of Syn-flex® undergoes
a laboratory analysis to ensure ingredient quality and efficacy
plus is issued a certificate of analysis.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. Syn-flex® is a very safe product. There
are a few things you need to know:
- Consult your doctor before taking Glucosamine if you are
currently pregnant or nursing. Current medical literature
indicates that diabetics may use Syn-flex. However, you
may wish to monitor your blood sugar levels or consult your
- If you are allergic to shellfish, you should monitor your
reaction and discontinue if any adverse affects occur. A
small percentage of people who take Glucosamine may encounter
light diarrhea or stomach upset. This can be avoided by
splitting dosage between morning and evening. More information
on side effects
can be found here.
Q. Does Syn-flex® interact
with any drugs or medications?
A. Syn-flex® is an all-natural product and
should not interact with any drugs or medications.
Q. Is Syn-flex® sold in
A. Syn-flex® is sold in a number of health
food stores, health clubs, hair salons, chiropractors offices,
veterinarian offices, and the like. However, Syn-flex®
is not available in any large retail stores at this time.
We prefer to deal direct with our customers, and being the
manufacturer of Syn-flex®, we are able to offer you
the best price and mail you the product free of charge (in
the United States). You can order online here via our secure
server or if you are outside the United States, you can
use the international order form.
Q. How can I buy Syn-flex®?
A. We accept credit cards, checks, and money orders. You can
order online here via our secure server or if you are outside the United
States, you can use the international order form.
Call us at (941) 778-2155 between 9am and 5pm EST Monday through Friday,
or mail a check or money order to:
Synflex America, Inc.
3849 Acline Road, Suite 300
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Q. Why is better, stronger,
healthier cartilage important?
A. When your cartilage is damaged, either as a result of primary
osteoarthritis or following from an injury (secondary osteoarthritis),
you will suffer the consequences. Since cartilage protects the bones from
coming into contact with one another, the opposite result is extremely
painful. In a great many cases, it can result in surgery.
As your cartilage begins to lose its “fluid-like”
capabilities, the process of osteoarthritis begins. Whether
the result of aging, genetics, overuse or injury, some 70
million Americans suffer from this debilitating condition.
Whether you suffer from this condition or are trying to
prevent it, every step that you can take to avoid the consequences
is well worth it.
Q. What exactly is Glucosamine?
A. Glucosamine, is a charged sugar molecule that
is a key component of the extracellular matrix of cartilage
(grout between the cartilage cells). It absorbs and releases
water with each step, thereby acting as a shock absorber
for the joints.
Glucosamine is a natural sugar produced
by your body. It is the essential and principal ingredient
that determines the quantity of proteoglycans (water-holding)
molecules that also form in the body. The greater the amount
of Glucosamine in the body, the greater the amount of proteoglycans.
The proteoglycans are large, water-binding molecules made
up of (both) proteins and sugars. It is important to understand
that they are a major building block of healthy, vital cartilage.
Q. Is Syn-flex® approved
by the FDA?
A. Glucosamine products are nutritional supplements
and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
Q. Will I need to take this
product daily for the rest of my life to keep my hip joint
in repair or will I be able to reduce the dosage or even
stop taking it at some point?
A. It is indeed advisable to maintain a daily dose
of 1/4 oz. (1.5 teaspoons) per day. Those over 220 pounds
or so may wish to maintain a higher dosage than this. For
athletes, those using Syn-flex® as an arthritis easing
measure, or those with mild arthritis, we recommend using
1/4 oz. for the first 8 weeks, and then dropping the dosage
in half. Of course, if any pains return or cartilage continues
to deteriorate, increase your dosage. We recommend that
mostly everyone take a double dose (1/2 oz. per day) for
the first 7-10 days.
Q. My friend is allergic to
shellfish, but has been taking Glucosamine for four years
now without any problem. Can she take Syn-flex®?
A. Your friend can absolutely take Syn-flex®.
As long as Glucosamine hasn't been a problem in the past,
Syn-flex® will be fine for her. (The antigen in shellfish
that causes an allergic reaction has been removed from Syn-flex®.
Nonetheless, we encourage you to consult with your physician
before using Glucosamine.) In fact, new research has shown
that Glucosamine is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction
in someone allergic to shellfish. In most cases, allergies
are caused by proteins in shellfish, not chitin, a carbohydrate
from which Glucosamine is extracted. Furthermore, there
is no crossover between the acid derived chitin from shells
and the antigens that cause shellfish allergies since the
acid process required to leach the chitin from the shell
strips away the carbohydrate side chains that would be antigenic.
Q. I have never tried Syn-flex®.
What does it taste like?
If you prefer, you can mix Synflex with your favorite drink.
Some prefer to take a sip of water after using it.
Q. Is it true that Syn-flex®
will ease osteoarthritis pain in dogs, cats, and horses
A. Yes. Glucosamine was used to help with arthritis in horses
many years before the beneficial effects for humans were
Q. Do pets like the taste of
A. The large majority of dogs like the flavor and administration
is very easy. In about 10% of cases, you may need to put
the Syn-flex® on a treat, mix it in with their food,
or administer orally.
Q. What's the difference between
Syn-flex® and Syn-flex® for pets?
A. In fact, they are the exact same product. The
only difference is the dosage amount. The reason why we
have separate "products" on the order form is
so we can keep track of our sales.
Q. I am an athlete. Can Syn-flex®
A. Absolutely. (See our website and review the
comments of some world-class athletes who use it.)
Q. Who is Synflex America and
how did you come up with Syn-flex®?
A. Synflex America was founded in 1999 by J.R.
Rogers. In 1993, J.R. fell off a two story building and
ended up with Spinal Stenosis and Secondary Arthritis in
his neck. He tried pretty much everything he could find,
but little helped and what did help often had very serious
side effects. A friend of his was using a prototype liquid
Glucosamine to treat his thoroughbred horses.
J.R. began passing out samples to his
friends and they were astounded by the results they were
getting. He knew that this product was one that belonged
in the hands of everyone who suffered from OA. He founded
Synflex America. Beginning in July, 2001, Syn-flex®
was first made available to the general public worldwide.
It has been an incredible success with a rapidly growing
audience of direct purchasers and wholesale buyers. In fact,
Synflex America is the largest direct-to-consumer retailer
of liquid Glucosamine in the world.
Because pills and capsules are not
absorbed as well as liquid Glucosamine, you are not receiving
as much Glucosamine to your joints with pills and capsules
or receiving it as quickly.
Q. My doctor specifically recommended
taking Syn-flex®. Are there many doctors who recommend
A. Many doctors are now recommending Glucosamine,
and many are indeed specifically recommending Syn-flex®.
Generally, they either use Syn-flex® themselves or have
heard great things about Syn-flex® from their patients.
You can read a number of their testimonials in our success
Q. I have purchased Syn-flex®.
What do you recommend for dosage?
A. We have set up a page to explain this. You may
read this here.
Q. I know a lot of people who
use it and they all swear by it. What makes Syn-flex®
A. Certainly the ingredients themselves play a
major role here. More information on how Syn-flex®
works can be found in "How Syn-flex® Works."
Q. I have noticed that pills
and capsules usually contain both Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
Does Syn-flex® have Chondroitin in it?
A. Yes. The shark cartilage is comprised of approximately
20% Chondroitin Sulfate.
Q. Why do you use shark cartilage
to derive the Chondroitin Sulfate in Syn-flex®?
A. The two most common compounds that are used
for Chondroitin are bovine (Cow) trachea and shark cartilage.
We chose to use shark cartilage over bovine due to the risk
of BSE (Mad Cow Disease).
Q. Are there any special instructions
other than what is on the label? Also, why are there slight
changes in the color of the product?
A. You should not refrigerate Syn-flex®. It
has a shelf life of two years so you can certainly store
it at a room temperature for that long. A slight change
in color happens sometimes. It is simply something that
happens naturally as a result of exposure to light.
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