What is Glucosamine and How Does it Help?

Georg Ledderhose discovered it in 1876; in 1939 Walter Haworth more clearly defined its properties. Glucosamine is safe for use by most people, but since it is made from shellfish anyone who has an allergic reaction to shellfish might want to stay away from it, though the cause of the allergy resides in the flesh of the shellfish. Most likely it wouldn't cause an allergic reaction.

There has also been some concern that it could be harmful to diabetics. Studies by Albright A. Harris MD et al showed glucosamine didn't affect diabetes. Another study by A. J. Tannis and Barbonalso concluded that glucosamine isn't harmful to diabetics. European studies have found glucosamine safe too and it is sold as glucosamine sulfate and is considered a medical drug and has approval as such.

EULR, which means Task Force of the European League Against Rheumatism and OARSI, which means OsteoArthritis Research Society International both vouch and confirm that it is safe for use in humans.

Studies have proven that it is very bioavailable in the bodies system and where there is need like a problem joint. Its benefits for people with osteoarthritis result from its ability to reduce inflammation and it contributes to decreasing internal bodily activities that damage cartilage.

Glucosamine is a natural substance residing in the body and it does make it, but this production goes down with age. It helps to make and repair cartilage, which is padding for the joints. Without enough glucosamine this padding becomes less elastic and gets stiff.

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