Natural Joint Support
Glucosamine is a
naturally occurring compound comprised of glucose and the amino acid
L-Glutamine. Glucosamine is commonly found in two varieties, sulfate
and HCL. It is believed that the HCL form is more bioavailable than
the sulfate form. Glucosamine is an integral part of all forms of
connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
Why should I use
Glucosamine? What are the benefits?
those who participate in endurance sports or those involving
repetitive movements, should be interested in Glucosamine because of
its ability to provide relief from such conditions as Osteoarthritis,
where cartilage in the knees and elbows slowly degenerates over time
often causing very painful symptoms. Glucosamine is also valuable to
athletes because of its ability to heal connective tissue that has
been damaged as a result of injury or overuse.
What research has
been done on Glucosamine?
As is the case with
Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine has had various research studies done
on it that suggest its use may be beneficial in preventing overuse
injuries to joints as well as aiding in the recovery of damaged
connective tissue. Very promising research studies have shown that
Glucosamine may help the body actually regenerate cartilage in
addition to easing the pain caused by worn joints or Osteoarthritis.
This supplement can potentially prove valuable to any athlete who
suffers from chronic joint pain or discomfort.
What doses of
Glucosamine should be taken?
Many research studies
have shown that combining Glucosamine with another nutritional
supplement call Chondroitin Sulfate has synergistic effects. For
Glucosamine alone, scientists suggest 300-500mg of Glucosamine 2-3
times daily with meals. As with Chondroitin Sulfate, optimal results
may take 4-6 weeks.
What side effects
are caused by Glucosamine?
Glucosamine, in both
the sulfate and HCL forms, has thus far been shown to be extremely
safe and effective. No known side effects have been reported.