a sugar produced in the body and found in small amounts in foods, plays
an important role in maintaining cartilage, the gel-like material that
cushions joints. When taken as a dietary supplement, glucosamine may help
to relieve the pain, stiffness, and swelling of osteoarthritis, a degenerative
joint disorder that affects 12% of the population, in which cartilage
has worn down. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers report improvements with
glucosamine supplements as well, as do individuals with other types of
sulfate may help to:
Relieve osteoarthritis-related pain, stiffness and swelling. The millions
of Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis have cartilage that has dried
out and gradually broken down over time, cracking and flaking off. When
joints are deprived of this cushioning, painful stiffness and inflammation
can develop. Glucosamine helps to prevent these symptoms by protecting
and reinforcing cartilage.
Slow and possibly halt osteoarthritis-related damage to joints. Glucosamine
appears to protect and strengthen the cartilage around joints, particularly
in the knees, hips, spine, and hands. In so doing, it may help to prevent
further joint damage.
Speed healing of strains and sprains. Because it helps to reinforce the
cartilage around joints, glucosamine may hasten the healing of acute joint
injuries, such as sprained ankles or fingers.