Types of Glucosamine

There are three types of glucosamine: glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine NAS, and glucosamine hydrochloride. The last two types have not shown the ability to help increase cartilage or synovial fluid. The first type has proven to be beneficial to your body because it has the easily ability to be absorbed. In other words, it can transit from your stomach to your joints quickly. Even if some other types are more economical, they haven't proven to be beneficial. Though sulfa is the root word of sulfate, there is no correlation to it and sulfa drugs. People with allergic reactions to these drugs have no concern regarding glucosamine sulfate.

The way it produces benefits is by increasing the production of a component in cartilage named glycosamine glycans. GAG for short, is like a nutrient storehouse from which your cartilage eats and grows. Because this causes your cartilage to grow healing comes about as times passes.

Taking glucosamine won't work as fast as drugs, though some people report a quick relief in pain. Normally taking the dosage that is usually recommended for you body weight will help you in two or three months. The amount usually recommended by expert's is 1,500mg a day for someone weighing 200 pounds or less and 200-2500mg if a person weighs over 200 pounds.

It depends on how extensive the damage to your joints and cartilage may be. Though is can be a slower process to get all of the benefits, using glucosamine has proven to be safe. The best part is that you are actually helping your body repair damage and not just masking pain.

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nettraveller 5 years ago from USA

Hi Dkrainwater,

What about glucosamine chondroitin? Is the chondroitin attached to the glucosamine, or just a separate chemical packaged with it?

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