contains two types of glucosamine—glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine
hydrochloride (HCL)—with methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and boswellin
extract. This unique formula provides you with an all-around product to
maintain healthy joints and promote ease of movement.
gives you both of these at once.
Both glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine HCL are forms of
glucosamine. Glucosamine makes up 63 percent of glucosamine sulfate and 83
percent of glucosamine HCL. Most human studies have used glucosamine
sulfate. This is because the company that paid for the research developed
this form. Glucosamine HCL has not been evaluated as extensively, but
clinical experience from a variety of health practitioners indicates that
glucosamine HCL works just as well. Many health practitioners recommend
trying one, and if that does not work, trying the other.
MSM is a biologically active form of the mineral sulfur.
Sulfur is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and is found in
every cell of the body. Sulfur plays a particularly important role in
tissue structure. MSM is naturally present in foods and the human body.
MSM has been used by veterinarians for more than 15 years, and use by
humans goes back some 20 years.
The formation of MSM begins when marine algae release
sulfur compounds that are transformed in ocean water into a substance
known as dimethyl sulfide (DMS). DMS rises into the atmosphere where it is
transformed into DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) and MSM. These compounds are
returned by rainwater to the earth, where they are absorbed by plants.
MSM contributes to healthy joints because, as a form of
sulfur, it adds to the benefits of glucosamine. It may aid glucosamine in
its role in maintaining healthy cartilage as well as in helping to
maintain joint flexibility and mobility. Many glucosamine users experience
increased benefits when adding MSM to their supplement
Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) has been used for centuries in the Indian
Ayurvedic system of medicine to maintain healthy joints. This is still one
of its main uses.
Boswellic acids improve blood supply to the joints and
maintain the integrity of blood vessels. At least one study has indicated
that they may open up collateral blood circulation to provide adequate
blood supply to the joints.
Boswellic acids have been known to reduce joint swelling,
maintain blood supply to inflamed joints, maintain mobility, and reduce
pain due to stiffness in the joints. They also have no side effects.
How to use Frame Essentials:
For optimal benefits, take 2 tablets in the morning and
2 tablets in the evening, for a total of 4 tablets per day. Best taken
with meals. After experiencing the desired results, take 1 tablet in the
morning and 1 tablet in the evening for maintenance.
Shelf life is 2 years, sealed. Close tightly after
opening and store in a cool, dry, dark place (70-75 °F; 20.1-23.8 °C).
Do not refrigerate.
Q & A
Q: May children and pregnant women take Frame Essentials? If so in what amounts?
ANS: There should be no reason for children to be using this
product. Pregnant women should consult with a health practitioner.
Q: What is the source of glucosamine in Frame Essentials?
ANS:The source of the glucosamine is marine shellfish.
Q: May I take Frame Essentials with other AIM products?AIMFrame
and other AIM products.
ANS: Yes, you may. You may experience positive synergy between
Q: May I take Frame Essentials with other medications?
ANS: There are no indications that
glucosamine interacts with other medications. Of course, you should always
consult a health practitioner when adding new substances to your
Q: Is glucosamine actually absorbed?
ANS: Yes, in one study on glucosamine sulfate in pill form, 90
percent of the glucosamine was absorbed.
Q: How does glucosamine compare to products such as Tylenol® and ibuprofen
ANS: There is no doubt that products such as these provide
rapid relief. However, studies have shown that after four weeks of use,
glucosamine is as effective or more effective than these products in
providing relief from joint problems.
Q: Does Frame Essentials have any side effects?
ANS:Glucosamine is safe. A few people have reported stomach
upset and nausea. In a year of formal testing of glucosamine, no
significant side effects were found.
Mindell, Earl. The MSM
Miracle. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc., 1997.