New joint health supplement helps Canadians tap into the power of three

Nature Made(R) Introduces Triple Flex(TM) With Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM to Help Joint Problems

NORTHRIDGE, CA, March 7 - Active seniors, exercise enthusiasts and the millions of other Canadians suffering from joint pain and arthritis - will be pleased to hear about Triple Flex(TM), a new product from Nature Made(R).

Nature Made Triple Flex contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) -- three naturally occurring ingredients that promote healthy cartilage while maintaining joint comfort and mobility. Triple Flex is now available nationally at Shoppers Drug Mart, Zellers and Wal-Mart, and local food and drug outlets.

"Joint pain affects millions of Canadians. There are plenty of joint health supplement choices on the market, but choosing one can be confusing and frustrating," said Steven Yannicelli, Ph.D., R.D., director of continuing education for Pharmavite Corporation, maker of Nature Made products. "For quality and safety assurance, it's best to choose a product manufactured by a reputable company. Beyond its ingredients, what makes Triple Flex stand out from other joint health products is that it comes from Nature Made, a quality manufacturer and supplement industry leader that has been respected for more than 30 years."

How Triple Flex Works
Nature Made Triple Flex contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM -- three naturally occurring ingredients that work in combination to keep joints healthy. Glucosamine is a natural building block of healthy cartilage. Chondroitin helps maintain the natural lubricating fluid in joints and cartilage. MSM, is a natural source of dietary sulfur, and plays an especially critical role in maintaining elasticity and flexibility of the connective tissues that make up joints.

Clinical Support
A study published by the British medical journal, The Lancet, reported that long-term use of glucosamine sulfate can help maintain joint structure and promote healthy joints. Also, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), clinical trials of Glucosamine and Chondroitin demonstrated moderate to large effects in improving joint health function. Research on MSM includes a study conducted by scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University, which compared the effectiveness of MSM with a popular alternative remedy. The results showed that both effectively reduced joint discomfort and immobility.

Recommended Dosage
Triple Flex is available in 50-count tablets, each containing 500 milligrams (mg) of glucosamine hydrochloride, 400 mg of chondroitin sulfate and 125 mg of MSM. The suggested daily dosage is three tablets. Since glucosamine is derived from the shells of shellfish, Nature Made experts recommend that individuals allergic to shellfish consult a health care professional before taking this product.

About Nature Made Canada
Canadian consumers, pharmacists or other health professionals can learn more about where they can find Triple Flex and other Nature Made products by calling the Nature Made information hotline toll-free at (888) 898-1151, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or by visiting the Nature Made Web site at

Founded in 1971, Northridge, California-based Pharmavite Corporation manufactures and distributes Nature Made(R) vitamins, minerals, and other supplement products. Nature Made is North America's number one, broad line brand of vitamins and minerals in the food, drug and mass channels.

Recently voted "Manufacturer of the Year" by the trade publication, Nutritional Outlook, and recipient of the 2001 Retail Excellence Award in the OTC-natural health category from Drug Store News magazine, Pharmavite maintains one of the largest, most sophisticated research and development facilities in the industry and was instrumental in developing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for supplements. Pharmavite's facilities have been inspected and found to be in compliance with United States Pharmacopoeia's (USP) GMPs, the industry's most stringent standards.

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