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Glucosamine Review - Is It Good For Your Cartilage?

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If you are hooked to dietary supplements then probably you might have heard about glucosamine. Glucosamine is the popular dietary supplement and it is not meant for treating any disease. Read through the Glucosamine reviews strutted out in this blog to know the general properties and pros-cons of using the glucosamine supplements.


 


Overview

Glucosamine is a type of amino sugar produced by the body and plays a very important role in building cartilage. Glucosamine injects are directly shot into the joint for curbing the severity of osteoarthritis. Very few naturally occurring food supplements serve glucosamine. Most of the food supplements serving the glucosamine are prepared from chitin, which forms the outer shells of crabs, shrimp, and lobsters.


 



Glucosamine supplements are mostly administered to people suffering from osteoarthritis. In US, Glucosamine is most one of the most sold non-mineral, and non-vitamin dietary supplements. Glucosamine supplements are served in the form of oral supplements by the name of glucosamine hydrochloride, n-acetyl glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate. They are available in powder, tablet and capsule forms. The glucosamine is mostly mixed with manganese and chondroitin for better health benefits.  The glucosamine hydrochloride is fast absorbed into the blood stream.


 


Benefits

 


  • Osteoarthritis: Clinical studies suggest that glucosamine supplements aid in curbing the severity of OA (Osteo Arthritis) pains- if it affects the hip or knee. It has been found that glucosamine eases OA pain, and improves functions of joint.  OA patients benefited from the effects of glucosamine for about 3 months after stopping the treatment. Some studies suggest that glucosamine supplements should be taken for about 3 months before it starts showing some benefits.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Glucosamine supplements are considered effective in curbing the severity of several bowel diseases. The supplement especially worked for children who responded negatively to other forms of treatment.


 


Posology and Method of Administration


  • For pediatric treatment:  It should be taken under the supervision of physician.

  • For osteoarthritis treatment: It should be taken under supervision of physician and also 500 mg of the supplement should be taken thrice daily for about 30-90 days or one single dosage of 1, 500 mg can be administered.


 


Precautions



The glucosamine is known to react with certain medications, and to avoid that you should take extra care. If you are taking medicines for OA and insulin shots for diabetes then it is strongly recommended to stay away from this supplement as much as possible.


 


Final Word



Some studies suggest that Glucosamine is very safe for human health with only some minor reported side effects like heartburn, indigestion, stomach upset, diarrhea or bloating. So, it is always best to take it under the supervision of medical practitioner. Also, it is not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding women. People who are on restricted diet or who consume potassium-sparing food products should double check the glucosamine supplements before buying because they may be high in potassium. In short this product should be used wisely and judiciously. 


 


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