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Glucosamine Supplements

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Advantages of Taking Glucosamine

Joint Advantage Gold by Dr Williams

It’s been almost a decade since the medical journal The Lancet reported that glucosamine could not only ameliorate (reduce) the pain associated with arthritis, but could also shore up the joints. In those ten years, many different supplement makers have come up with their own formulation for the “ideal” glucosamine supplement.

So what is glucosamine? It’s an amino sugar that is needed to build new cartilage and connective tissue – and it also is vital in the creation of protective tissues. Under the microscope, they’re big protein molecules that soak up water and give connective tissue the ability cushion impact between bones.

It’s true that we already have glucosamine in our bodies, and under normal conditions, we generate enough of it on our own. However, age slows down the production of glucosamine, and the toll of years of activity as well as arthritis can tax our glucosamine stores. This means that there is less lubricant in our joints, leading to an increase in damage. We end up needing more and more glucosamine even as our ability to produce it decreases. Since glucosamine does not appear in the foods we eat, natural supplements are a necessity if we want to add it back into our bodies. Generally, glucosamine supplements also contain chondroitin, manganese and Vitamin C.

A regimen of oral glucosamine can help generate more protective tissues and healthy cartilage. Studies have shown that you can take glucosamine supplements without any risk of dangerous side effects; in fact, the only possible side effect appears to be slight nausea. A successful glucosamine course can help you stop taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which can be much harder on your stomach (as well as your kidneys and liver) than glucosamine. It can take up to a month and a half to begin seeing benefits from glucosamine, but once the supplement “kicks in,” it can moderate arthritis pain as well as ibuprofen, according to research.

Joint Advantage Gold by Dr WilliamsIn addition to arthritis pain, glucosamine also can help you when linings of arteries, digestive tract and mucus membranes begin to wear out. This deterioration can lead to conditions like Crohn’s disease, congestive heart failure, ulcerative colitis, and chronic venous insufficiency. Because glycosaminoglycans (the proteins that glucosamine produces) appear in all of these linings, taking glucosamine may keep those linings healthy and in place longer.
If you take the sulfate form of glucosamine, you may see a drop in the oxalate levels in your urine. This can be instrumental in preventing kidney stones.

For the supplement to have ideal effects, you need to take a supplement every day, and the typical daily adult dose is 1,500 mg. The supplement comes in liquid, powder or cream forms, but there is no evidence that the cream form soaks adequately through the skin to help joints.

As with any dietary supplements, it is suggested that you consult with your physician before beginning an extended regimen.

Please seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner before using any herbs, supplements or other natural approaches to health.

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