Glucosamine

What is it?Glucosamine is a nutrient found in very small amounts in food, and is also made by the cartilage cells of the body. Its main function is the production of long chains of sugars called glucosaminoglycans, necessary to rebuild cartilage and other soft tissues.
Where is it from?Glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring amino-monosacharide found in highly concentrated amounts in the joints of mammals. The body recognizes glucosamine as a natural substance, therefore it does not react to its presence in a negative way.
What is it used for? The primary purpose of glucosamine is to stimulate the rebuilding of damaged cartilage, and to affect metabolism of cartilage in ways to prevent its breakdown. It also has some anti-inflammatory activity, but basically relieves pain, swelling, and tenderness by rebuilding stiff and eroded joint tissues. It may also help to protect cell membranes, especially in epithelial cells like those lining the digestive tract.

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