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Arthritis Treatment – Glucosamine

June 13, 2011
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Cosamin-DS

Glucosamine is an amino sugar or building block molecule produced by the body for the production of structures important to cartilage and joint health. These structures are called proteoglycans. Glucosamine helps proteoglycans.

Taken orally, supplemental glucosamine can reduce pain, improve function, and enhance quality of life in as little as eight weeks.  It can absolutely help your knee osteoarthritis.

People have been taking Glucosamine safely for over 20 years. Clinical studies since the early 1980s consistently report that glucosamine is safe. However there are a few considerations:

  • Glucosamine is usually derived from shellfish.  Those allergic should avoid it.
  • Diabetics can experience changes in their insulin levels with glucosamine, even though the body cannot convert glucosamine into glucose.  In diabetics many factors can lead to fluctuations with insulin levels, so it important to check with your doctor before taking the joint health supplement.
  • Pregnant women should avoid glucosamine.




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