Glucosamine, or more precisely glucosamine sulfate or glucosamine hydrochloride, is a substance synthesized by the body, it is in fact a carbohydrate combining glucose and an amino acid, glutamine from where its name is glucosamine.
This element that the body makes is essential in maintaining the integrity of the cartilage, and over time, this production decreases and leads to degeneration of the cartilage called osteoarthritis. This carbohydrate does not exist in our diet for this, it is extracted from chitin, a nitrogenous organic substance that comes from the shells of crustaceans such as shrimp and langoustines, crabs and lobsters.
It was discovered and used in Germany only about 20 years ago, at that time it was only as an injectable preparation which was prescribed to be given into the joints directly. Fortunately, ten years later, it was packaged by an Italian company in the form of capsules, which was much more convenient to administer.
This carbohydrate is now renowned for its virtues, some countries Europe can only obtain it under medical prescription, while in other states it is a dietary supplement and free of sale.
Glucosamine its composition
It is a substance whose sole and main compound is glucosamine sulfate.
Glutamine and its medicinal properties
The main objective is to contribute to the constitution of the cartilage present in the joints, it also participates in the manufacture of bones and tendons and ligaments as well as the synovial lubricant existing in the joints.
This carbohydrate also has anti-inflammatory properties which leads to relief of joint pain in disorders due to mild to moderate arthritis and osteoarthritis.
An intake helps to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, which can make it possible to have a benefit in the knee joint and to delay or even avoid its replacement, it decreases the healing time of joint injuries in great athletes, such as weightlifters .
Linked with chondroitin have proven that their combination is most beneficial in osteoarticular disorders and provides significant and valuable relief over time as well as an improvement in range of motion.
Glucosamine other uses
It is also used in various cosmetic products, it is found in anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams.
Relieve and treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis, slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis.