What does glucosamine do?

Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound found in our body.  It helps to keep up the health of our cartilage- the tough flexible rubbery tissue that surrounds our bone joints. Glucosamine is key to relief from joint pains such as

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis.

You may have heard of how important glucosamine is to reduce joint pains and to ease joint movement. Glucosamine is shown by studies to prove reliefs to such joint pains..

Glucosamine maintains the health of cartilage

Cartilage, the tough connective tissues found in joints, function as paddings and reduce the impact of bone hitting bone when you bend your knees, elbows and etc. As you get older, cartilage gets less flexible and start breaking down. This is where you have joint pain issues such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

There are various studies that taking glucosamine supplements helps to counteract and slow down this effect.

Glucosamine supplements.

There are two main types of glucosamine supplements we can take for our body. There are usually two main types, glucosamine sulfate, and glucosamine hydrochloride.

Glucosamine supplements tend to be extracted from shells of shellfish to make dietary supplements. There are some forms of glucosamine supplements that are made in laboratories.

Common problem relieved by Glucosamine

These are some of the popular reasons by National Health Interview why people use glucosamine sulfate:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • glaucoma
  • weight loss
  • interstitial cystitis, a bladder condition
  • jaw pain
  • joint pain, such as knee pain
  • back pain
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)

Joint Pains and Relief with Glucosamine

  • Osteoarthritis. This is the main reason for most glucosamine uses. Eating glucosamine sulfate have found to offer some pain relief for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip or spine.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. There are studies showing eating glucosamine hydrochloride helps to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain when compared with a placebo. The effects are limited though as they did not find an improvement in inflammation or a decrease in the number of painful or swollen joints.

Glucosamine Safety and Side Effects

Glucosamine sulfate is safe for most people and approved by government FDA. Do note that some people may have side effects, especially if they taking too much oral dosage of glucosamine sulfate.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or Drowsiness
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Skin reactions
  • Allergic reactions for those sensitive to shellfish
  • Asthma reactions
  • Possible (not proven yet) reaction with blood sugar level for surgery. You may prefer to be cautious and stop taking glucosamine 2 weeks before a surgery.

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