Glucosamine Supplementation

Glucosamine Supplementation

What are the benefits of glucosamine supplementation?

Glucosamine is a key building block of the substances that make up joint tissue including cartilage and helps to keep our joints healthy. As a nutritional supplement, glucosamine has been found to have a number of health benefits.

Glucosamine also helps to maintain joint health and reduce cartilage damage in athletes. Whilst physical activity is of course beneficial for our bodies and helps keep our joints healthy and supple, high intensity training can place a lot of stress on our joints and increases the risk of joint injuries, especially of the knees and hips.

Why do people use glucosamine?

People may use glucosamine supplements for various reasons including:

  • To assist in the management of their joint mobility and flexibility.
  • To protect joints from wear and tear.
  • To reduce further damage or loss of joint cartilage due to high levels of physical activity.
  • To support overall joint health.

What are the different types of glucosamine supplements?

Glucosamine is available on its own or in combination with other joint support ingredients such as chondroitin, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), fish oil and/or krill oil to cater for unique needs.  For glucosamine to be effective, it is recommended to take 1500mg daily. Some people may find that glucosamine on its own is enough to cater for their health concerns. Others may find that the addition of chondroitin or krill oil provides greater support for their needs. Nature’s Own also offers glucosamine in a range of different formats including a high strength liquid formula to assist those who may have trouble swallowing big tablets.

Is a glucosamine & chondroitin supplement better for my body?

Whilst glucosamine is efficient on its own, the addition of chondroitin may offer further benefits. Glucosamine and chondroitin act synergistically in joints and are both required for the growth and maintenance of healthy cartilage. The combination of these two joint nutrients may be particularly beneficial.

What exactly is chondroitin?

Chondroitin, like glucosamine, is a naturally occurring building block of healthy joint tissue. It’s often derived from cartilage itself, such as shark or bovine cartilage. Since joint cartilage does not have a blood supply, its nutritional needs must be met by the surrounding synovial fluid. Chondroitin attracts this fluid into cartilage, thus providing shock absorption for surrounding bones. Chondroitin appears to protect joint cartilage by providing it with the raw material required for repair as well as inhibiting enzymes in synovial fluid that damage joint cartilage.3

What are the benefits of a combined glucosamine & chondroitin supplement?

Together glucosamine and chondroitin support the maintenance of healthy joints.

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References:

  1. Department of Health and Ageing. Picture of Osteoarthritis in Australia. Australian Institute of Health and Ageing. Canberra. 2007
  2. Clegg, D.O., et al., Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and the two in combination for painful knee osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med, 2006. 354(8): p. 795‐808
  3. Braun and Cohen, ‘Chondroitin’, Herbs and Natural Supplements – An Evidence Based Guide, Elsevier, Australia, 2007, p237