What Is Glucosamine & Why Do We Need It?
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a substance produced by the body. It’s the main ingredient of cartilage and is needed for the development of joint surfaces, tendons, ligaments, skin, bones, nails, heart valves and blood vessels.
It also goes into making the slippery fluid that keeps your joints mobile and well lubricated, as well as the mucus that keeps things moving in the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts.
Glucosamine may be useful to help protect your joints from wear and tear and maintain your cartilage’s ability to act as a shock absorber for the joints.
Why your body needs Glucosamine
As well as helping to build healthy cartilage and protect the shock-absorbing activities of the joints, glucosamine may also provide temporary relief from the pain of osteoarthritis and may help increase your joint mobility.
Glucosamine helps the body produce new cartilage between the bones and nourishes the joints, helping to reduce further damage which helps to temporary reduce joint pain.
Dietary sources of Glucosamine
There are no major food sources of glucosamine. As we get older, our ability to produce glucosamine is reduced, so taking a supplement may become necessary to maintain mobility.
Most glucosamine supplements are sourced from the outer shells of shellfish, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to shellfish.
Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, seek advice from your healthcare professional.
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Published March 24, 2014
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