Studies Show Glucosamine Has Benefits for Osteoarthritis Sufferers


Portland, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/29/2014 -- Osteoarthritis affects more than 27 million people in the U.S., according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The condition breaks down cartilage that allows joints to move smoothly and without pain. Current treatment options involve prescription medications or surgical interventions, but scientific research has shown that glucosamine supplements can be beneficial for people with osteoarthritis.

“Glucosamine is one of the building blocks the body needs to maintain cartilage,” said VitaBreeze spokesperson, Michelle O’Sullivan. “When the human body can’t manufacture enough glucosamine, a dietary supplement can provide a ready to use boost for the body.”

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease most often seen in older individuals, those who are overweight and people who have experienced a joint injury. Cartilage is slippery soft tissue that allows bones to slide against each other without pain and acts as a shock absorber as joints move.

Glucosamine is a critical nutrient needed for joint health throughout the body. When cartilage wears down or breaks away, inflammation, swelling and pain ensue that can result in disability. Bones can become misshapen over time and develop bone spurs. Bone and cartilage can break off and lodge between joins causing even more pain.

As people age, the effect on joints is twofold. Less glucosamine is produced within the body and free radicals build up, reducing the body’s ability to repair itself quickly enough to fight the degenerative effects. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of glucosamine for osteoarthritis that include:

-Reduced inflammation
-Neutralizes free radicals
-Just as effective for pain relief as commonly prescribed medications
-Safe for prolonged use
-Less expensive than prescription drugs

One of the most compelling glucosamine studies was conducted in Canada at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre. Results published in 2013 demonstrated that the effects of glucosamine were amplified when combined with chondroitin sulfate, another joint specific chemical the body manufactures. Further, patients in the study experienced a reduction in the loss of cartilage, even when they didn’t respond to traditional treatments.

Clinical studies indicate that 1,500mg each day provides optimal results and that a supplement utilizing the sulfate form of glucosamine is the most effective. A supplement provides the body with freely available glucosamine that it can use where it’s needed most

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Benjamin Lasance