Glucosamine is a compound generated by the body that supports joint health; it is produced in the body and can be found in supplemental form. It is a monosaccharide that supports the structure and function of the bones and it critical to the production of cartilage. The lack of glucosamine, or an inability to produce it within the body system, is linked to the development of the form of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis – those at risk or suffering from the condition should take the supplement for this reason. Unfortunately there are no food sources for glucosamine; it is only available in a supplement form.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that degenerates the bone, cartilage, and joints of the body. There are different forms of arthritis: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Statistics show it is the most common form of the disease; common sites are at the hip and the knees. Osteoarthritis is most common in older adults, therefore, taking a glucosamine supplement daily can help reduce the likelihood of developing the disease. Glucosamine also alleviates the symptoms of pain, inflammation, and more.
Glucosamine can be a method of non-pharmaceutica therapy for many other conditions, therefore anyone can benefits from taking the supplement. Like most natural supplements, it lacks the side effects of traditional pharmaceutical treatments. Athletes who engage in intense physical activity should take supplements to prevent the damage of the additional stress of strenuous activity. When considering supplements as a form of therapy, it is always safe to consult with your local physician or dietitian.Glucosamine products can be found at most health food stores; they are also available online.
- Nutrition Through the Lifecycle: Judith E. Brown