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Glucosamine

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in the human body. As a supplement, it is mostly used to cure the joint pain caused by arthritis. There are two major types of Glucosamine: hydrochloride and sulfate.

Benefits of taking Glucosamine

  • Glucosamine is commonly used to treat arthritis
  • It is known to relieve joint pains. It reduces osteoarthritis-related pain
  • It reduces inflammation in the joints
  • It also reduces stiffness
  • It improves function in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis.

Natural sources of Glucosamine
Glucosamine sulfate supplements are often derived from the outer shells of shellfish, there aren’t, however any natural food sources of Glucosamine.

When should you take Glucosamine?
As we start to age, Glucosamine levels start to go down, which can lead to gradual joint deterioration.Glucosamine is essential for building cartilage. Cartilage is a flexible, tough connective tissue found in various areas of the body. This tissue acts as padding or a cushion for joints and bones. Glucosamine supplements can be taken by people suffering from osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.

When should you avoid Glucosamine?

  • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with Glucosamine- Warfarin is used by people to slow blood clotting. There are many reports showing that taking Glucosamine with or without chondroitin could increase the effect of warfarin (Coumadin) on blood clotting. This can lead to bruising and bleeding that can have serious implications. If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin), do not take Glucosamine
  • Some medications for cancer (Antimitotic chemotherapy) may also interact with Glucosamine. So, if you are on any of these medications avoid using Glucosamine.

 

Quantity to be taken:
Consulting your doctor is a must before you start taking Glucosamine. If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, you can take 1500 mg once daily or 500 mg three times daily. For temporomandibular joint arthritis: 500 mg three times daily is to be consumed.

Expert tips/ Precautions:

  • There is not adequate scientific data on hand to know if Glucosamine is safe to take during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Until more is known, do not take Glucosamine while pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Many medical reports caution that Glucosamine may cause an asthma attack in some people
  • Some studies have suggested that Glucosamine might increase blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. Later, some studies suggested the o So, it’s better to avoid its usage if you are suffering from diabetes until adequate reliable data is available.Those having shellfish allergies should also avoid taking Glucosamine as most Glucosamine products are made of shells of shellfish.