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How can glucosamine work on our bodies?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
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 26 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.
Last updated Nov 24, 2015

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