The Benefits of Glucosamine

When glucose and an amino acid (glutamine) come together they make glucosamine. This formation helps to create cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is a type of glucosamine that is very useful; it is a maintenance tool for the upkeep of the structural integrity of connective tissue. It helps to insure that the joints are flexible and mobile; it contributes to cartilage absorbing water and joints being lubricated. It lessens joint damage. Some studies indicate that it might help reduce hardening of arteries.

As a person ages, his joint cartilage thins because of a loss of glucosamine and this is called osteoarthritis. The Reginster et al research gave one group a placebo and the other 1, 500 mg glucosamine every day. The ones that got the nutrient had less loss of joint width that is 0.06mm narrower, while the placebo people's joints were 0.31mm narrower at the end of the study.

This nutrient lessens the pain caused by arthritis because it reduces inflammation. Since it lessens the pain, less anti-inflammatory drugs are needed. They reduce pain, but they don't repair the joints and cartilage. Of course, when the pain is gone then a person's activity increases. Therefore, it is beneficial to your ability to exercise, play sports, or just move around well for every day chores, going places for fun, and errands.

Another benefit of taking glucosamine is the reduced cost for relief of pain. Drugs are more expensive than glucosamine, plus, the cost to benefit ratio for glucosamine is higher because it actually helps the body repair and build cartilage and joints.


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