What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is sugar protein found in bones, bone marrow, shellfish and fungus. Glucosamine sold in the market mainly comes from shellfish.
What can glucosamine do?
Glucosamine has been used in alternative medicine as an aid to joint pain relief and building articular cartilage (the hard connective tissue located mainly on the bones near the joints).
Does glucosamine really work?
The effects of glucosamine vary from person to person. In general, people with early-stage arthritis tend to experience a relatively obvious effect of glucosamine. For those who suffer from late-stage arthritis or severely damaged cartilage, glucosamine may hardly help.
What do I need to know before taking glucosamine?
1) Follow the directions on the product label and package.
2) Consult your doctor or health care provider to make sure your medical condition does not conflict with glucosamine.
3) Do not use glucosamine if you are allergenic to it.
How much glucosamine do I take every day?
Follow the instructions on the product label. But again, consult your doctor before taking.
How long do I take glucosamine before arthritis alleviation?
Normally you need to take glucosamine for at least 8 weeks before your symptoms are alleviated.
What else should I pay attention to?
Do consult your doctor before taking especially if you have:
high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood);
asthma or other breathing disorder;
if you are allergic to shellfish; or
if you take a blood thinner;
if you are pregnant;
if you are breast-feeding a baby.
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