Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in the cartilage of our joints. It acts as one of the body’s natural shock-absorbents and joint lubricants, allowing us to move around without or reduced joint, bone and muscle pains.
Without it, everyday movements and tasks would be very difficult and painful. The body needs glucosamine for the production of certain proteins and fats that form various important tissues. This plays an important part in the building of our joints, tendons and ligaments. It helps form the gelatinous fluid that surrounds our joints and keeps them well oiled. Glucosamine also serves an important role in our gut health. It helps form connective tissue that make up parts of the digestive tract, a system that helps the immune system function.
Many people benefit from glucosamine supplementation, it can be a natural relief from arthritis, improve digestive health, lower inflammation levels and reduce any bone pain.
If you are very active this is a great supplement to maintain good joint health – it is a great supplement to take if you are training for something that is hard going on your joints, like a marathon (argh, which I’m currently training for, it really is super tough on the joints). I started taking it 8 weeks before I started my training and I’m taking 1,500 mg along with chondroitin. It is important to remember that as a supplement it is accumulative and so you need to take for 8 weeks before it kicks in and you need to keep on taking it! It won’t help if you take on the day!
Together Glucosamine and chondroitin work well as they are both part of the cartilage, tissue and joint building blocks with Chondroitin helping the tough connective tissue within joints…