Glucosamine

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is found naturally in the body which distributes in cartilage and other connective tissue.

As we age, our body slows down in the production of glucosamine, which is part of our normal healthy cartilage. Our joints (especially weight bearing joints such as hips, knees, spine, and feet) may stiffen, and develop bone spurs, resulting in pain, deformed joints, and limited movement. Some of the common conditions include arthritis, osteoarthritis, and cervical/lumbar spondylosis.

How can Glucosamine help me?

Glucosamine has shown to be effective in some patients for easing pain, increasing joint flexibility and promoting healthy joint function

How safe is glucosamine?

Most studies have proven glucosamine to be safe. Glucosamine has been studied clinically since early 80’s and people have been taking glucosamine supplements safely for over 20 years.

Some possible side effects from taking glucosamine include intestinal gas and soft stools.

There are some people who should exercise caution when taking glucosamine:

1) As glucosamine mostly is derived from shellfish, people who are allergic to shellfish should consult their doctor before considering taking it.

2) Diabetic patients should also consult their doctor, and be more careful about monitoring blood sugar levels if prescribed Glucosamine.

What kind of glucosamine and chondroitin should I buy?

There are many different forms, types and brands of glucosamine and chondroitin products available commercially. The quality of glucosamine and chondroitin varies widely.

Glucosamine is available commercially in three forms – glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and N-acetyl-glucosamine. Most commonly used glucosamine supplements contain glucosamine sulfate.

It used to be a common recommendation by many doctors that taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements was be good for joint problems. However recent studies have shown that such joint supplements have very limited results.

It is best to consult a doctor knowledgeable in such supplements to avoid wasting time, money and effort on unnecessary glucosamine and chondroitin for your medical condition.

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 Glucosamine