Glucosamine Arthritis Supplements

Should You Take Glucosamine?

  • People / Animals with Osteoarthritis or who undertake high level physical activity should take it.
  • Glucosamine reduces arthritic joint damage. Glucosamine Sulphate is the only medication shown to alter structural arthritic damage It treats the cause of the damage.
  • It is advisable to commence glucosamine early, as it is most beneficial in the early stages of the arthritis when there is abundant cartilage to grow. Thus it is used as a preventative effectively.
  • Studies have suggested that anyone over the age of 40 should be taking glucosamine to preserve their joints and prevent early arthritis.
  • Is a natural supplement that has been proven to help arthritis

How Long Does Glucosamine Take To Work?

This depends on the stage of arthritis you are in and how you treat your joints whilst taking it. You must have some cartilage present for it to work. You have to do exercise (see your Physio) to stimulate the glucosamine to be absorbed and used to build cartilage. This can take weeks to months. Generally if you have done everything your Physio has recommended and you have been taking this for at least 6 months with no effect, it will be unlikely to work.

Glucosamine Argument:

  • Glucosamine is one of the building blocks of joint cartilage. Articular cartilage is the smooth, hard joint surface that is affected by arthritis.
  • Significant pain reduction and renewed growth of articular cartilage.
    Improves joint movement and is safer than other standard treatments (anti-inflamms)
    Superior to pain killers (Paracetamol) that reduce pain but do not help the body to repair.
    Sustained residual effect after Glucosamine stopped for almost two months.
  • Prevents arthritis onset
  • The Arthritis Foundation of Australia Endorses Glucosamine.
  • Glucosamine reduces the levels of an enzyme that degenerates articular cartilage. (Slowing down or stopping future damage)
  • Glucosamine has also been shown to be taken up and incorporated into articular cartilage. (Repairing the damaged articular cartilage)
  • For more information on evidence of effiveness please click here

Who should NOT Take Glucosamine?

  • Glucosamine comes from the shells of shellfish.
  • Allergy to shellfish should not take glucosamine.
  • Those taking Warfarin – ask your GP.