All About Other Nutrients

Glucosamine
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Why glucosamine is good for you

Glucosamine is an approved treatment for arthritis in many countries around the world as it eases pain and inflammation, helps to repair damaged and ageing joints and gives a better range of movement.

Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body in high concentration in the joints and connective tissues. The body uses glucosamine to repair and maintain cartilage.

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Important glucosamine facts

 

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Types of glucosamine supplementation

Glucosamine is usually found in the following forms:

  • Tablet - glucosamine powder is compressed and formed into a tablet
  • Capsules - glucosamine powder is added to capsules
  • Powder - glucosamine is crushed and made into a powder

People who wish to take a glucosamine supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

 

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Glucosamine supplementation checklist

 

Glucosamine and health

  • Osteoarthritis - several studies have shown that glucosamine significantly decreases joint pain and reduces inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. In particular, the NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) showed that about 70% of people taking the chondroitin and glucosamine supplement experienced significant pain relief

People who wish to take a glucosamine supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Glucosamine in food

Glucosamine is found in joints and connective tissue in the body.

Glucosamine is also found in shark cartilage.

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How to take glucosamine

Dosage of glucosamine depends on the condition that is being treat. A medical doctor and/or alternative health care provider can advise on individual cases - this information is provided as a guide only:

lifestage age Amount (per day)
INFANTS 0-12mths Not recommended
CHILDREN 1-8yrs Not recommended
CHILDREN 9-18yrs
Not recommended
ADULTS 19-50yrs
Osteoarthritis
500mg 3 times a day up to 3 months, then 300mg 3 times a day
SENIORS 51+yrs Osteoarthritis
500mg 3 times a day up to 3 months, then 300mg 3 times a day
PREGNANT   Not recommended
LACTATING   Not recommended


People who wish to take an glucosamine supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Glucosamine works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for glucosamine

Glucosamine does not normally cause many side effects, but the following have been reported:


CAUTION


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Last reviewed: 1 January 2010 || Last updated: 1 January 2010

 

Related Articles
  • Arthritis (health conditions)
  • Chondroitin
  • Osteoarthritis (health conditions)

 

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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.