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how can glucosamine work on our bodies?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: This is a substance naturally made in humans and is used by the body to make certain components of cartilage. It is marketed as a supplement to treat osteoarthritis and is often combined with chondroitin and msm. Its proponents believe it benefits cartilage structure and alleviates the pain of oa. The evidence for this remains controversial but many studies have shown positive results.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Rebuild cartilage.: The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How do you take glucosamine?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Orally: This is usually available otc in pill/tablet form and is taken orally. (glucosamine/chondroitin). For dosing, follow the lable or manufacturers recommendaitons.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can glucosamine do for you?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Agree with Wikipedia: The possible effects of glucosamine sulfate in patients with osteoarthritis may be the result of its anti-inflammatory activity, [50][51] the stimulation of the synthesis of proteoglycans, [52] and the decrease in catabolic activity of chondrocytes inhibiting the synthesis of proteolytic enzymes and other substances that contribute to damage cartilage matrix and cause death of articular chondrocytes.
A 37-year-old member asked:

When should I begin taking glucosamine?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
As soon as Dx made.: If you are an adult and already diagnosed having osteoarthritis you may. I am not aware glucosamine may prevent the disease. Remember that in the USA we have conflicting reports. Read the article in wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/glucosamine.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: glucosamine?

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Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Vitamin: A vitamin usually combined with chondroitin sulfate and used to treat arthritis.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is any real benefit to taking glucosamine?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I do: There have been numerous studies examining this subject. While not every study is favorable there are several well controlled studies which have shown benefit, especially for oa of the knees. Take at least 1, 500 mg daily for at least a 3 month trial before deciding if it helps.

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