Glucosamine

You may have considered taking a supplement in order to keep the nutrients in your body at peak levels. When there are so many different vitamins, minerals and compounds to keep track of, it can be hard to know exactly what to change in our diets in order to achieve optimal health. Natural Health Plus offers a range of supplements, including Glucosamine, for those who wish to focus on maintaining healthy cartilage and joints.

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Glucosamine Supplements

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is best described as an amino sugar which occurs naturally in the body, found in the fluid surrounding joints. It can also be derived from non-human sources, including shellfish shells and animal bones, or produced synthetically in a laboratory. There are several forms of Glucosamine, including glucosamine hydrochloride, N-acetyl glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate. It is the latter which is most commonly used in glucosamine supplements, which are frequently used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis.

What are the benefits of Glucosamine?

Glucosamine has been used in a variety of ways to benefit health and in particular Glucosamine is taken for joints. Supplements are used to treat and prevent joint disorders such as arthritis, with research showing that it is particularly effective in people with osteoarthritis of the knees. It does this by maintaining cartilage health, which in turn helps to cushion joints. It can also relieve pain, stiffness and swelling in joints.

The supplements available include Glucosamine tablets, multi-ingredient capsules and topical creams. According to WebMD, they may be used to treat:

  • Allergies;
  • Asthma;
  • Inflammatory bowel disease;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Sports-related injuries;
  • Symptoms of inflammation.

This compound has also been linked to the treatment of various inflammatory diseases such as:

  • Interstitial cystitis;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Temporomandibular joint.

Though our bodies produce glucosamine naturally, as we age the amount produced begins to drop. As a key function of Glucosamine is to develop and maintain articular cartilage, joints start to breakdown as our levels of Glucosamine reduce. Taking a supplement can help to bring the levels of this amino sugar back to normal. Natural Health Plus offers a wide range of supplements including Glucosamine. Shop the range here.