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Complete Joint & Ligament Pack

One of the key components to bodybuilding progress is consistency - paying your dues day in and day out in the gym. The cumulative effect of this daily wear over the weeks, months, and years, can be profound. When you're building a house, a big one, you need to make sure the foundation is rock solid because that house puts tremendous pressure on the foundation. Now your body's foundation if your joints, ligaments, tendons, and all the connective tissue - the necessary stuff that supports your muscles, your training. The harder you train, the more massive amounts of weight and the numerous sets and reps preformed in a typical workout, the more stress you put on your foundation. This constant pounding can take its toll, weaken it. And when a foundation crumbles, the house comes tumbling down.
Animal Flex is designed to help strengthen you body's foundation, to help protect your joints from the daily grind brought about by heavy duty weight training. Each pack of Animal Flex consists of several joint protection complexes: (1) a potent joint construction complex to help repair connective tissue; (2) a lubrication complex to help cushion the joints from lifting; (3) a support complex to help promote rehabilitation and reduce soreness; and (4) a key vitamin/mineral support blend to underscore optimal joint health.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 pack(s)
Servings Per Container 44
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calories from Fat 9.00
Calories 9.00
Total Fat 1.30 g 2%
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 100.00 mg 167%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopherol) 100.00 mg 333%
Zinc (as Zinc piccolinate) 15.00 mg 100%
Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 70.00 mcg 100%
Manganese (as Manganese Sulfate) 1.00 mg 50%
Joint Construction Complex 3000.00 mg **
 Glucosamine (as HCl sulfate KCl) **
 Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) **
 Chondroitin Sulfate A (CSA) **
 Chondroitin Sulfate B (CSB) **
Joint Lubrication Complex 1000.00 mg **
 Flaxseed Oil (50% alpha linolenic acid) **
 Cetyl Myristoleate Proprietary Blend **
 Hyaluronic Acid **
Joint Support Complex 1000.00 mg **
 Quercetin **
 Bromelain **
 Ginger Root Extract (gingerols shogaols) **
 Turmeric Extract (curcumin) **
 Boswellia (boswellic acid) **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Shark Cartilage, Carob, Gelatin, Glycerine, Soybean Oil, Purified Water, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid

Health Notes

A 4-Point Plan for Protecting Active Joints

A 4-Point Plan for Protecting Active Joints
A 4-Point Plan for Protecting Active Joints: Main Image
If you're overweight, losing some extra pounds is the place to start
Joint pain doesn't have to be a natural consequence of growing older. By using a combination of new discoveries and time-tested therapies, you can help keep your joints feeling young so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

1. Lighten Up to Get Moving

If you're overweight, losing some extra pounds is the place to start to help keep your joints performing their best and to prevent arthritis from setting in. Exercise is a key player in preserving healthy joint function by strengthening the muscles around the joints, enhancing local circulation, and raising levels of natural pain killers.

  • Be joint-friendly: While high-impact sports are not likely to cause arthritis, they can make cranky joints feel worse. Focus on exercises that minimize impact on the weight-bearing joints, like swimming, cycling, and walking. Remember to warm up with gentle stretches or add yoga to your routine to get the most out of your workout and to reduce the chance of injury.

2. Eat Your Way to Healthier Joints

What you eat affects how your joints feel and function. Certain foods are thought to cause inflammation in the body, increasing pain and interfering with the healing process.

  • The brighter, the better when picking produce: Colorful fruits and veggies contain powerful antioxidants that may combat inflammation. Feed your palate with the rich hues of blueberries, mango, kale, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and pomegranate.
  • Fit in some fish: Adding fish to your diet at least twice a week is a good idea. Rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, wild-caught salmon and farmed rainbow trout are good picks.
  • Think before you eat: Foods in the nightshade family-tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, and potatoes-can make joint pain worse for some people with osteoarthritis. If you have this kind of arthritis, try avoiding these foods for a couple of months to see if your symptoms improve. Some doctors have observed that sugar, meat, and dairy may also negatively affect joints. The meat and milk from grass-fed cows are actually high in omega-3 fatty acids (much like fish); grain-fed cows, however, produce meat and milk that is high in a specific type of fatty acid (arachidonic acid) that may be pro-inflammatory. Choose 100% grass-fed meat and dairy products, and opt for unrefined sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and rapadura (dehydrated cane juice).

3. Consider supplements

With so many choices on the market for joint pain, here are some tips for finding the best bets for keeping your joints feeling supple:

  • Glucosamine sulfate/Chondroitan sulfate (GS/CS): These supplements can help improve joint function and lessen osteoarthritis pain. GS is the building block for the synthesis and repair of joint cartilage, and supplementation may relieve osteoarthritis symptoms and sometimes halt disease progression. CS is a similar molecule that may actually help heal the joints over time in people with osteoarthritis. It also significantly decreases pain and improves joint mobility. Recommended dosages: 1,500 mg per day of GS; 1,200 mg per day of CS.
  • Anatabine: Derived from a plant alkaloid, manufacturers have started marketing this supplement claiming anti-inflammatory effects. Until more is known about the safety and effectiveness of this supplement, people should check with their doctor.
  • Capsaicin cream: A cream made from an extract of cayenne pepper containing 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin can reduce joint pain and tenderness. Apply four times per day to affected joints for two to four weeks; decrease as symptoms improve.
  • Herbal aid: Plant-based remedies have been used for centuries to help ease joint pain. Look for products containing some or all of the following: boswellia, cat's claw, ginger, holy basil, and turmeric. These herbs may facilitate the removal of proinflammatory substances from the body and shift the balance to those that promote tissue healing and calm inflammation.
  • Seaweed extract: Some seaweed extract products have shown promising results for treating joint discomfort and reducing the need for pain-relieving medications in people with arthritis.

4. Create a Home Spa

At the end of a busy day, take the time to nourish your body from the outside, too.

  • Soak away the pain: Epsom salt baths may be helpful for tired, achy bodies. Hot water allows the magnesium-rich salts to penetrate tissues, relaxing sore muscles and bringing relief to stiff joints. Don't go light; add a full quart of Epsom salt to bath water and soak for as long as you like.
  • Make the most of marvelous mud: Recent studies have confirmed that mineral-rich mud packs can bring lasting relief to arthritic joints. Mud packs may be sold under the names "peloid" or "peat" packs.

If you have ongoing joint pain that doesn't respond to these simple measures, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. See your doctor to determine a plan that's right for you.

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Ratings and Reviews

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Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (6)
  • Effective (5)
  • Relieves pain (5)
  • Increases flexibility (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily use (5)
    • Everyday use (5)
    • Injury recovery (5)
    • Athletes (4)
    • Men (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Health conscious (4), Regular user (4)
      • My Beauty Routine Takes:
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    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Awesome supplement for joints

    By jurga2323

    from Stow, OH

    About Me First Time User, Health Conscious, Medical Professional

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    Pros

    • Easy To Carry Everywhere
    • Effective
    • Fast Acting
    • Only 1 Time A Day

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Men
      • Women

      Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

      I bought this product to my husband (he is physical therapist and massage therapist)because his joints started to feel really bad. After a week he felt much better, no complains about pain, its gone! He takes supplement to work, easy to carry because it is packed to one day doses.

       
      5.0

      Awesome stuff

      By pneil514

      from Boston, MA

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      Pros

      • Effective
      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

        This stuff is amazing! I read the reviews and figured I'd try it out. I'm 22 and shattered my elbow (my olecranon process for you medical types) three years ago and as a result I've got myself a nice shiny titanium plate with 7 screws in it now. Ever since whenever I've done tricep exercises and presses I can really feel the plate tug and pull and I usually leave a little sore. I've been taking Animal Flex for two days now and today is triceps day. I DIDN'T FEEL A THING, NOTHING, NADA. Even during my nose breakers, I was able to do more weight than ever without my elbow killing me. This stuff is awesome, worth every penny, I'll be buying more.

        • My Beauty Routine Takes:
        • 10 Minutes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Helpful

        By wbrandes1

        from nashville, tn

        About Me Brand Buyer

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Effective

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

          The product arrived before the scheduled 2-3 @ wk PT prescribed by the sport MD of the Predators and Sounds. Xrays showed scoliois, disc degeneration, snd osteo-arthritis. Enough to retire.

          Presription:PT 2-3@wk. Ugh. Wasts of time, money, and energy. But product works from day one. Answererwd prayer and intervention.

          I once, long ago, told an old ,legally blind, milk farmer his tractor was leaking, and he replied" "A little lubrication never hurt nothiin! Nough said.

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          • 1+ Hour
           
          5.0

          THE GAME CHANGER

          By jessietrigleth

          from HELENA, ARKANSAS

          About Me At The Gym 5 Days A Week, Weekend Warrior

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          Pros

          • Boosts Energy
          • Builds Muscle
          • Convienient
          • Pain Relief
          • Quickens Recovery Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • After Workout
            • Backpacking
            • Before Workout
            • During Workout
            • Everyday

            Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

            AMAZING PRODUCT!!! IVE HAD 3 KNEE SURGERYS IN THE LAST 3 YEARS ON MY RIGHT KNEE. THOUGHT FOR SURE THAT I HAD BLEW OUT MY LEFT KNEE TRYING TO COMPENSATE. AFTER A WEEK OR SO TAKING THE ANIMAL FLEX PACKS I NOTICE LESS SWELLING, PAIN, AND MORE RANGE OF MOTION. ITS NOT A MIRACLE WORKER BUT IT DEFFINETLY MADE WALKING AND PHYSICAL THERAPY A LITTLE MORE MANAGEABLE. I NOW AM ABLE TO GOTO THE GYM 5 DAYS A WEEK AND STAY IN SHAPE

             
            5.0

            I have bought many times

            By justin.kuehn

            from new york, ny

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Back Feels Better
            • Good Value
            • Joints Feel Better

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday

              Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

              Great product. Back and joints feel much better since taking. I have been taking for many years.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Game Changer

              By King.Danny202

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Health Conscious, Regular User

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              Pros

              • Increases Flexibility
              • Relieves Pain

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Athletes
                • Everyday Use
                • Injury Recovery

                Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

                I had a lot of inflamation & joint pain. I was actually ready to go under the knife but I decided to change joint supplements first. Animal Flex had consistently high reviews and I'm glad I made the switch as the increase in joint flexibility and reducution in inflamation has been so tremendous that I have been able resume intense training.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You're an ANIMAL

                By manganky

                from Manheim, PA

                About Me Regular User

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                Pros

                • Good Value
                • Increases Flexibility
                • Increases Strength
                • Relieves Pain
                • Simple To Take

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Athletes
                  • Everyday Use
                  • Injury Recovery
                  • Older People

                  Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

                  I use this stack one time a day, in the morning with my meal. I stack with with my Gaspari nutrition pack and they work great together but alone is fine also. I used to play football and the past year I blew apart my shoulder blade taking a chunk of bone right out so my shoulder joint can slip in and out through the back of the shoulder with ease. I read and researched many products and finally decided on this. My shoulder requires the doctors to take bone from my hip and put it in my shoulder along with some wonderful metal pins to stretch the muscle back up to it. I used to be in a lot of pain and had to stop lifting. I started this stack and am back to lifting again with little pain, I can curl and hammer curl with little pain. My surgery is not until June of 2012 and this has been helping me fight the pain in the shoulder and other joints so I can have more efficent workouts. Have and questions, do not be afraid to ask!Email me or contact GNC directly! Manganky[@]

                   
                  4.0

                  great for joints

                  By smithgg22

                  from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

                  About Me Regular User

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Relieves Pain
                  • Simple To Take

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Athletes
                    • Everyday Use
                    • Injury Recovery
                    • Older People

                    Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

                    Daily, it really helps my shoulder after multiple injuries.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    it works

                    By sharpandcold

                    from farmington hills,mi

                    About Me Health Conscious, Regular User

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value
                    • Increases Flexibility
                    • Relieves Pain

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Athletes
                      • Everyday Use
                      • Injury Recovery

                      Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

                      great stuff, really works well.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      very good.

                      By Fordfan31

                      from Milwaukee, WI

                      About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Increases Flexibility
                      • Relieves Pain

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use
                      • Injury Recovery

                      Comments about Universal Nutrition Animal™ Flex - Joint Support:

                      it really is amazingly different compared to other joint relievers. Even though its a package of like 5 pills. They all do different things and when combined all at once, I can tell the dfference in the way I feel especially after a hard workout with weights or cardio.

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