- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Glucosamine also known as chitosamine is a wonderful product especially if you have some years on your bones. I have been taking glucosamine for over a year now and it has made a huge difference in my joints and knuckles. I was having issues with my hands and knuckles, I was having an issue every morning with straightening my fingers when I would wake up in the morning or after a nap. I was recommended by my sister to take glucosamine once a day and see if it would help with my hands and it did.
After doing some reading about this supplement I have seen where people take this product for allergies, asthma, joint problems, bowel disease, TMJ, and some people even take it to help with their rheumatoid arthritis. My daughter is a pharmacist and a runner and many of her friends that run use glucosamine as a supplement to help with knee pain and injuries from running. She also has recommended using this supplement for chronic low back pain. But being a pharmacist she does say that many of the uses of glucosamine have not been well supported by evidence from research studies.
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine has been used for many years in Europe. Just recently we are now seeing glucosamine being recommended by our doctors here in the United States. Not all uses for glucosamine have been approved by the FDA. Glucosamine should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Glucosamine is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Glucosamine is a compound that is naturally made in humans. It is involved in the creation of molecules that form cartilage. As a supplement, glucosamine is most often used to try to ease the joint pain caused by arthritis. Glucosamine is a natural substance that is found in animal bones, bone marrow, shellfish, and fungi. Glucosamine, especially glucosamine sulfate, is harvested from the shells of shellfish and put into dietary supplements. If a person is allergic to shellfish it is highly recommended to stay away from this supplement since it is a byproduct of shellfish.
Types of shell fish
Why take Glucosamine?
First let me say this, Glucosamine has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. But Glucosamine in the body is used for building cartilage. Cartridge is a flexible and tough connective tissue that is found in several areas of the body. Over the years these tissues and glucosamine levels in the body go down and can lead to joint deterioration or worse yet osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine have been used to treat osteoarthritis in Europe for over twenty years. Recently, physicians and veterinarians in the United States have begun to prescribe this product for their patients and have been extremely happy with the results. These products are proving to be one of the safest and best treatments for the effects of osteoarthritis that affects millions of aging humans throughout the United States.
Osteoarthritis is when cartilage becomes worn and exposed bones can rub together. This can get extremely painful and can even affect the joints of bones throughout the spine, which can also become very dangerous for nerves. Several studies have found that glucosamine may benefit osteoarthritis in all body parts not just the knees.
Another part of the body that many people deal with is the lower back pain in the lumbar region of the back. Treatment with glucosamine sulfate and with a supplement of potassium may help with dealing with this pain. There could be many reasons for lower back pain, so I recommend seeing a physician before you do any type of treatment on your own.
People have tried glucosamine for many reasons to see if it works. There are not many studies out there by the FDA or anyone else that prove if glucosamine works for sure. I just know from my own personal experience it does work for me.
Precautions of taking Glucosamine.
Glucosamine from what I have read is safe if taken according to the label on the bottle. I personally would not take no more than 1500mg of this supplement in a day or 500mg three times a day. It is recommended that if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant it is advised not to take this supplement. Studies suggest that glucosamine is safe, and causes only minor side effects, such as stomach upset, heartburn, indigestion, gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. If these occur, try taking glucosamine with food. People with peptic ulcers should take glucosamine sulfate with food.
I have read on many websites about side effects of taking glucosamine From what I see is that they all say studies do not support or deny any ill side effects. I have my own blood drawn three times a year by my physician and I have not had any increase in my cholesterol or in my blood pressure. I have not had any problems with what is mentioned in the above paragraph either. My daughter being a pharmacist monitors what I take as far as medications and supplements and I just asked her yesterday again about taking glucosamine and her recommendation is to continue taking it for my issues with my hands. Like she says, if the body does not need the additional supplements that I take the body will dispose of them in my urine or bowel movements.
Glucosamine for healthy skin
Glucosamine for your skin.
Another awesome use of glucosamine is for the skin and for arthritis pain. Glucosamine also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which help with arthritis pain. Glucosamine also helps with anti-aging, studies are being done that have been very encouraging. Glucosamine is already found in some moisturizers, eye creams and skin anti-aging products and appears to be safe when used topically. If you suffer with wrinkles like I do using glucosamine may be the answer that I and maybe you are looking for. Also glucosamine is a natural component of skin composition. So by either taking glucosamine orally, dermally, or by eating foods that are high in glucosamine you may have less of a need for external moisturizers.
Glucosamine for your dog.
Glucosamine for your animals.
Glucosamine for your animals have been a big hit for several years now, especially with animals that suffer with arthritis. Arthritis in dogs is one of the most common health problems seen by veterinarians. But if your animal suffers from structural damage to the joints no amount of consumed nutrients will help. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been successfully used in horses, dogs, and cats. One of the big areas of relief for animals is in hip and joint disease. Just like humans that suffer from loss of cartilage when we get older, the same is true with your pets. By giving them additional glucosamine it will help lubricate the joints and hopefully replace some of the loss cartilage.