Glucosamine: Benefits, Negative Side Effects & Recommended Dosages

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Glucosamine Overview

Glucosamine ranks at the top as one of the most popular supplement across the globe. In chemistry, glucosamine refers to an amino sugar. It plays significant role in building cartilage, the tissue that cushions joints. If exercises cause high impact on your joints, such as knee and hip, you can reduce* it by using glucosamine. People who usually engage in high impact exercises are at increased risk of osteoarthritis. This mostly becomes worse as you age. With glucosamine, you can prevent severity of the condition.

Where to Get Glucosamine?

Your body can naturally produce* glucosamine. One of the convenient sources of glucosamine is the animal cartilage. You can find plenty of glucosamine from dog meat, though not eaten by the majority. Other sources include shells of crustaceans like lobster, prawns, and crabs. Additionally, wheat and corn are reliable plant sources for glucosamine too.

Glucosamine Benefits for Joints and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis refers to a condition that marks deterioration of joints. Due to mechanical stress on joints over an extended period, the cartilage and subchondral bones wear away. Eventually, you start noticing joint pain and stiffness, which mostly affects the knees and hip. Studies have shown that Glucosamine can be effective in treating and slowing the formation of osteoarthritis.

It is suggested that glucosamine can effectively reduce* pain that comes with osteoarthritis, improve* joint pain, and reduce* swelling and stiffness of the joints. Countless studies and reviews favor glucosamine although there are mixed results. In 2000, McAlindon et al concluded that glucosamine was moderately effective in dealing with osteoarthritis. Other studies have identified that glucosamine can be more effective than placebos with effects being more pronounced in people who suffer severe osteoarthritis as compared to mild symptoms.

Are you taking NSAIDs for joint pain relief*? You can reduce* the dosages by stacking with glucosamine. This is worth because there are claims* that NSAIDs can cause stomach ulcers.

Glucosamine Negative Side Effects

Glucosamine is considered safe and have been approved in many European countries for treating osteoarthritis. It was reported in a safety review that glucosamine effect are more pronounced than placebos. It is far much safer for use than most NSAIDs, which have adverse effects or fatalities. Additionally, glucosamine can be used by diabetics since it has no effect on blood sugar.

Glucosamine Recommended Doses and Ingredient Timing

The recommended daily dosage for glucosamine is 1500 mg daily. You can take it 500 mg three times in a day or as a single concentrated tablet once in a day. If you have a sensitive stomach, take it along with your meals. In a few months, you will start noticing the effects.

Glucosamine Supplements

You can get it as a stand-alone supplement in powder or tablet form. Most of joint supplements contain glucosamine as one of the ingredients. Common forms of glucosamine include glucosamine sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride (HCL). HCL is more absorbable compared to glucosamine sulphate.

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