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Glucosamine is naturally occurring in cartilage. Glucosamine’s primary function is to lubricate joints and help rebuild cartilage.  Glucosamine  does not have serious side effects and is safe for the treatment of osteoarthritis.   Glucosamine is made from shellfish so those allergic should take precaution.

There are non-shellfish glucosamine products available.

Chondroitin is regularly used in conjunction with Glucosamine.   Chondroitin, like glucosamine is found in cartilage.  Chondroitin improves elasticity in cartilage and helps protect the  joint from injury. Chondroitin has no serious side effect.  Though sometimes mild gastrointestinal issues can occur.