Take the GI precaution seriously
January 10, 2014
Normailly, I don't have any GI issues with supplements and I take quite a few. I have osteoarthritis in my hip and have read that sam-e was fairly effective for osteoarthritis. The directions 'take away from food' has to be one of the worst written instructions on a supplement. What does that mean? An hour after eating, an hour before eating, 2 hours, 3 hours? I took it several hours after lunch for the first time. Major stomach ache. I re-read the box and noticed: May cause GI discomfort in a small percentage of people. I think they need to put that in BOLD. After reading reviews of sam-e and the GI problems that many people had, I read that the best time to take it was first thing in the morning with a full glass of water. They should think about including that in the instructions. That worked for the stomach ache. Not sure what to do about the GI issues, like loose stools. I've taken it for about 5 days and I'm debating whether to continue as I have not seen any benefit worth the discomfort and cost. It also seems to have the effect (like too much coffee) of feeling jittery. I was worried that it might keep me from sleeping, but that didn't prove to be an issue.
Cons:GI issues, jitteriness