The Benefits of Glucosamine
The health of our joints is extremely important and is something that many people take for granted. The amount of pressure exerted on major joints, including the knees and hips, is laregly underestimated
but it is thought that when we run, the knees absorb upto 4 times our body weight.
Therefore, it can appreciated that the connective tissue of the knoees (ligaments
and tendons) must be extremely strong for effiicient shock absorption. Also, the
fluid which occupies the space between the bones of the joints must be kept thick as this acts as a cushion and helps prevent the two bones (the femur and tibia)
Joints which contain this fluid are referred to as synovial joints and these include the knees, elbows, hips, ankles and wrists. Not only does the fluid proivide cushioning support for the joint, it also helps keep the
joint lubriucated and freely moveable.
Tendons, ligaments and synovial fluid are very important because if the bones of the joint were to touch, it would be extremely painful! Glucosamine sulphate is a sulphur-containing amino-sugar that occurs naturally in a connective tissue. It helps to protect against the breakdown of cartilage and increases the thickness of the synovial fluid. These two functions make it very important for the mobility, strength and integrity of joints.
sulphate levels can become reduced as people get older due to general wear-and-tear on the joints. It is for this reason that many people find supplementation useful
in the maintenance of healthy, supple joints and in helping with conditions such
as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative condition which usually
develops in middle to later life.
It is caused when the cartilage, which
acts as a cushion for the joints deteriorates. This causes the duffere great pain,
swelling, creaking and tiffness in one or more joints. Studies have shown that
peopel who sipplement with 1500mg of Glucosamine sulphate can experience a [partial
or full easing of symptoms within as little as eight weeks. After this period,
a maintenance intake of around 500mg-1000mg can prove helpful.
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