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Glucosamine Sulphate

Glucosamine Sulphate

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Glucosamine sulfate is a natural sugar found in and around the fluid and tissues that cushion your joints. This tissue is called cartilage.

Glucosamine is also found in the hard covering of shellfish.

Glucosamine sulfate supplements are often made using shellfish. The substance can also be made in a laboratory.

Function

Glucosamine is vital for building cartilage. Cartilage is a flexible, tough connective tissue found in several parts of the body. This firm, rubbery tissue functions as padding at the ends of long bones where they meet joints.

As we age, cartilage can become less flexible and can steadily breakdown. There is some evidence that glucosamine might slow this process.

Some scientists believe it is the sulfur in glucosamine that is beneficial for cartilage health. Sulfur must be incorporated into cartilage to build and repair it. Naturally, glucosamine plays a role in the incorporation of sulfur into cartilage.

IS GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE EFFECTIVE?

Glucosamine sulfate can improve pain and movement in knees affected by osteoarthritis. It seems to work about as well as some nonprescription pain medications. But glucosamine takes about twice as long to work, four weeks instead of two. There is some evidence that glucosamine sulfate may actually keep the joint problems from getting worse. Other pain relievers can reduce the pain but do not prevent the disease from slowly destroying more of the joint. Glucosamine sulfate might not be as effective for reducing pain in more severe, long-standing osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine sulfate is often marketed in combination products that also contain chondroitin sulfate. So far, there is no evidence that the combination products work any better than glucosamine sulfate or chondroitin sulfate alone. Buying a combination product is probably not worth the extra cost.

Glucosamine and Dogs

Some studies suggest that glucosamine and chondroitin might provide some pain relief in animals, including dogs, cats, and horses.

In particular, glucosamine and chondroitin together might be helpful in relieving pain in dogs and cats plagued by worn cartilage in the hip joint.

Talk with your veterinarian about glucosamine for dogs or other animals before you give them the supplement.

Safety and side effects

When taken in appropriate amounts, glucosamine sulfate appears to be safe. Oral use of glucosamine sulfate can cause:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Skin reactions
  • Headache

Because glucosamine products might be derived from the shells of shellfish, there is concern that the supplement could cause an allergic reaction in people with shellfish allergies.Glucosamine might worsen asthma.

It's possible that glucosamine sulfate might affect your blood sugar levels, which might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking glucosamine sulfate two weeks before an elective surgery.

Pregnancy and Glucosamine

To date, there aren't any studies showing how glucosamine affects unborn babies or infants whose mothers take glucosamine while breastfeeding.

Talk to your doctor before taking glucosamine if you're pregnant, might become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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