Joint Renewal with Glucosamine

Dr. Polner

Osteoarthritis, the most widespread type of arthritis, is a degenerative disease of the joints. It is most commonly involving degeneration of joint cartilage and formation of bony spurs. It afflicts approximately 16 million people. In recent years, Glucosamine, an amino sugar, is thought to promote the formation and repair of cartilage by stimulating cartilage-building proteins. Commercial sources of glucosamine are from the exoskeleton of certain shellfish. Glucosamine proteins are necessary for the construction and maintenance of virtually all connective tissues and lubricating fluids in the body. Chondroitin, a carbohydrate, is a cartilage component thought to promote water retention and elasticity to inhibit enzymes that breakdown cartilage. Chondroitin attracts water into the cartilage matrix and helps to stimulate the production of cartilage. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are naturally produced by the human body.

Multiple studies have been done including a large study in March 2000 from the Journal of the American Medical Association which concluded the trials of Glucosamine and Chondroitin products for arthritis symptoms demonstrate moderate to large beneficial effects. No study to date has shown and serious side effects from either glucosamine or chondroitin and the most common side effect is increased intestinal gas and soft stools.

Glucosamine Chondroitin is a natural alternative to analgesics and prescription anti-inflammatory. People with allergies to shellfish should consult their physicians prior to taking this supplement. The standard dose is one tablet up to 3 times daily.