As a long distance runnerÂ and triathlete,Â one of the most commonÂ questionsÂ Iâ€™mÂ askedÂ is ‘aren’t you worried about doing your body damageÂ with all that exercise?‘ and to be totally honest, yes I often am as these questions aren’t always unjustified!
WhenÂ running, cycling and swimming weÂ put our bodies, and especially our joints, through a hugeÂ deal of punishment and I’ve watched as close friends have had to take breaks,Â or in some cases give upÂ exerciseÂ completely,Â due to joint related injuries such as joint fatigue and depleted cartilidge.Â As someone who’d love to keep chasing personal bests for as long as possible I try to do all I can to ensure my joints will hold my body together and keep me functioning until I’ve completed my first Ironman Triathlon and achieved membership of the 100 Marathon club and beyond…Â
Of course the best possible way to do this is stay a healthy weight and maintain a diet rich in foods with anti-inflammatory effects, but products such as LQ Joint care offer a helping hand with ingredients such as Glucosamine, cherry and ginger – known anti-inflammatoriesÂ - andÂ lychee, copper and vitamin C each offering various benefits for athletes.Â At first glance the liquid reminded me of ale but with a slightly thicker consistency and it had a strange smell to it (not quite the seafood smell my mind told me to expect, but still slightly unpleasantÂ and whichÂ actuallyÂ reminded me of fake tan!) however on drinking it I was surprisedÂ to findÂ it didn’t taste that bad!Â The ingredients list includes marine collagen and fish cartilage so admittedly I’d had the pre-conception it would taste likeÂ blendedÂ fish, however the root ginger, cherry and lycheeÂ gave it a pleasant flavour andÂ while I still wouldn’t quite describe the taste as amazing, it was palatable and over the next few weeksÂ drinking it became part of my normal dailyÂ morning routine.Â
I decided to trial the product over aÂ 3Â month period which included some of my heaviest events,Â the Rome, Brighton and Milton Keynes Marathons, asÂ well as a heavy increase in my swimming and cyclingÂ training schedule as I trained forÂ the Outlaw and Challenge Denmark middle distanceÂ triathlons. WhileÂ I’ll admit my testing wasn’t exactly scientific as I continued to watch what I ate including a diet rich in berries and Chia, I’m pleased to report I managed to remain injury free through-out the 3 month period and I only felt minor painÂ and the expected discomfort in my musclesÂ throughout the events (let’s face it – if this product stopped MarathonsÂ fromÂ hurtingÂ thenÂ it’d be worth a fortune!). It’s also worth notingÂ thatÂ I managed to pick up a few long distance personal bests along the way in Half Marathon,Â MarathonÂ and Middle Distance TriathlonÂ distances, and I found my recovery times were much lower than usual allowing me to complete the 3 Marathons within a 4 week period and still get out for aÂ 6Â mile recovery runÂ across the North Downs just 2Â days after the 3rd Marathon!Â
At Â£24.99Â for 10 x 50ml bottles Iâ€™ll admit this product is quite expensive and many will possibly doubtÂ whetherÂ the benefits outweigh the costs, but overÂ my trial periodÂ I felt it gave me a bit more confidence about what I was putting my body and joints through, andÂ while I wouldnâ€™t recommend this product as a daily supplement (a year supply would cost a staggering Â£912!)Â I think if youâ€™re planning a number ofÂ high-impact events within a short period of time itâ€™s worth giving this product a try.Â
To find out more about LQ Liquid Heath care visitÂ http://www.lqliquidhealth.com/product/lq-joint-care/