Glucosamine To Help Protect Cartilage Suggests BestMultivitamins.co.uk
on: March 30, 2010, 6:12 am
Recent research has shown that supplements including
glucosamine do in fact protect and build cartilage tissue rather than
purely acting as a pain killer designed specifically for joints.
Glucosamine is a compound that exists naturally within the body. Made up of glucose
and glutamine the compound is needed within the body to aid the formation process of
cartilage and other body tissues. As humans grow the production of glucosamine slows
which weakens the cartilage that serves to protect our joints.
Glucosamine made from chitin, a chemical found within the shells of shrimp, crab,
lobster etc, is extremely popular both in sulphate tablet form and in liquids such
as sports drinks. Vegetarian glucosamine supplements are also available from many
health stores, which may be suitable for individuals with allergies to shellfish. In
recent years there have been many studies that questioned the potency of the
supplement, which has become popular in many health stores across the world.
Doctors are now beginning to stand by glucosamine in supplement form after recent
research has proven that easily accessible supplements do in fact protect and build
cartilage rather than just combating pain symptoms. Rheumatologist Dr Rod Hughes,
from St Peters Hospital, Surrey, explains that the recent breakthroughs in research
conducted in Belgium have shown that previous studies concluding that Glucosamine is
merely a placebo must indeed have been inaccurate.
'The results showed a statistically significant difference which could be measured
in thickening of the cartilage,' said Dr Hughes. 'Glucosamine is one of the
chemicals of which cartilage is made, feeding the chondrocytes which produce the
strong healthy cartilage which is the shock absorber of the joints and it's that
which wears out in osteoarthritis.
Successful athletes, particularly those playing high impact sports that place joints
and cartilage under huge pressure have often proclaimed the benefits of such
“Sports men and woman can now feel reassured in their choice to use supplements to
strengthen their cartilage and protect their joints. It is never too early to think
about looking after your body.” explains Tom Kalton owner of popular health blog
It is always important to understand however that supplements are not an alternative
but merely a supportive measure to a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of a well
rounded and nutritional diet, as well as sensible workouts that include proper
stretching, warm ups and cool downs, are all equally as important and must not be
As with any medical problem it is always advisable to conduct your doctor if you are
experiencing joint issues.
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