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What is glucosamine and chondroitin?
Glucosamine sulphate and glucosamine hydrochloride is an amino sugar. It is made in the body form glucose, and forms a major component of cartilage, tendons, ligaments and synovial fluid.
Chondroitin sulphate is also naturally found in cartilage, and is a basic building block for joint tissues and skin ...Read more tissues.
What does it do in the body?
Glucosamine and chondroitin are found naturally in the body. They form glycoproteins which make up cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and synovial fluid. It is the degradation of these structures that is present in osteoarthritis. As we age, or sustain injury to the joints, these structures may be worn down and deteriorated, giving us pain, restricted movement and stiffness. It is the cartridge and synovial fluid provides a smooth surface for joints to move freely, offering shock protection within joints and giving some lubrication. Glucosamine has long been associated with the regrowth of structure, while chondroitin has been associated with lowering pain levels associated to tissue damage.
How can I take glucosamine?
Glucosamine is most effective when taken in conjunction chondroitin sulphate, as well as with vitamin A and manganese. It is particularly important to those who are physically active or have a genetic disposition to osteoarthritis. It comes in the form of tablets, capsules and creams, with capsules being easier for your body to breakdown than a tablet, and creams being absorbed through the skin. Glucosamine supplements are often made from shell fish. If you are allergic, make sure you choose a non-shellfish derived form. Chondroitin is usually derived from cattle sources. Diabetics should be careful too as glucosamine may raise your blood sugar levels.