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A 26-year-old member asked:

what exactly is glucosamine chondroitin?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Cartilage Components: Glucosamine is a modified sugar that can be crosslinked to form shellfish shells and glycosaminoglyans, a major component of connective tissue. Chondroitin sulfate is a particular kind of glycosaminoglycan that is especially prevalent in cartilage and is often depleted during osteoarthritis..
Dr. Leslie Aufseeser
Podiatry 48 years experience
Joint supplements : Many people develop osteoarthritis (wear and tear). It has been shown that by taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements joint repair can take place. The book i read on this claimed this regimen helped 50% of the patients.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
In large randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, there has been no proven benefit of cartilaginous healing or extended longevity with the use of any supplements, such as chondroitin or glucosamine. This is an aggressive area of research, given the large amount of expense and pathology associated with DJD.
Mar 17, 2013
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Cartilage rebuilder.: 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 32-year-old member asked:

What does glucosamine have to do with shellfish allergies?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Shellfish shells: Glucosamine is manufactured from the shells of shrimp, so contamination with shrimp proteins might cause a reaction. However, most people who are shellfish allergic are allergic to the muscle of the shrimp, and the amount of the muscle protein in the glucosamine product is small.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does glucosamine cause blood thinning?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No: Not known to affect this but if you have underlying coagulation problems or you are on any blood anticoagulants it may. But not by itself.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How does glucosamine affect joint health?

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Dr. Samuel Lazaro
Specializes in Family Medicine
Normal compound: Glucosamine in the form of sulfate is found in the cartilage and synovial fluid of the joints it may be helpful to reduce the use of non-steroidal anti inflammatory agents. Main application will be for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is liver affected by glucosamine?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Doubt it: There is not much evidence of liver damage by glucosamine. According to mayo clinic : one patient developed liver inflammation (acute cholestatic hepatitis) after taking glucosamine forte. Review this good article. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/glucosamine/ns_patient-glucosamine/dsection=safety.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does glucosamine help with MCL recovery after surgery?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
No: There is no evidence that glucosamine will promote ligament healing with or without surgery.

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