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Glucosamine is a Boon to Bones and Joints

My aunt suffers from mild to moderate osteoarthritis. Her doctor wants to treat the symptoms with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). I suggested she talk to him about trying another solution first…glucosamine.

Glucosamine is a natural compound. It’s chemically classified as an aminosaccharide. It develops and maintains cartilage.1

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. More than a third of Americans have it. It’s caused by wear and tear on joints over time. The cartilage that provides cushioning between bones deteriorates. This leads to pain and stiffness.2 3

Research has shown the value of glucosamine supplementation for osteoarthritis and joint health…

A study from Tokyo’s Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine looked at 41 bicyclists. Subjects took a daily placebo or a glucosamine supplement. Collagen degradation in the glucosamine subjects’ knees was reduced by 27%. It was reduced just 8% in the placebo group.4

A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine looked at biomarkers for cartilage and bone metabolism in soccer players. Collagen breakdown was greatly reduced in subjects who took three grams of glucosamine a day.5

Glucosamine also fights osteoarthritis by reducing inflammation.

A test-tube study from North Korea’s Pukyong National University found glucosamine had a significant anti-inflammatory effect in bone cells.6

And the benefits go beyond joint on bone health. There’s evidence glucosamine can also treat inflammatory bowel disease and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

And a study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics looked at subjects with inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers found they had lower natural levels of glucosamine. Supplementation reduced symptoms in 75% of subjects.7

TMJ causes jaw pain and stiffness. A study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery looked at patients with the disorder. The scientists found that glucosamine relived jaw pain. It also improved jaw function in the long-term.8

Experts say 1,500 mg a day of glucosamine is a good dose for joint health. It has few, if any, side effects. Why not make it a regular part of your natural health regimen?

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References: 1 https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/D-glucosamine 2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351925 3 https://www.arthritis.org/Documents/Sections/About-Arthritis/arthritis-facts-stats-figures.pdf 4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23358550 5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19724889 6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17270442 7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11121904 8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29864430