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Glucosamine is an amino sugar that plays an important role in the body's production of glycosaminoglycans and glycoproteins. These are the essential building blocks of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and synovial fluid.
Glucosamine is popularly used to support joint function, particularly against the general wear and tear of cartilage, and has become one of the world's leading dietary supplements for the treatment of arthritis.
One of the main roles of Glucosamine is to support the healthy development of articular cartilage, a type of smooth white tissue that covers the ends of your bones where they come together to form joints.
Together with the lubricating fluid called synovial fluid, articular cartilage minimizes friction and allows bones to move freely and painlessly over each other.
More specifically, glucosamine is believed to promote the production of certain chemical compounds, including collagen, which are important structural components of articular cartilage and synovial fluid.
Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition that negatively affects joint health by causing damage and movement restrictions, leading to pain and reduced quality of life. In the UK, osteoarthritis is thought to affect nearly 9 million people. Most people suffering from osteoarthritis use anti-inflammatory painkillers to manage their symptoms.
Many clinical studies on supplementation with glucosamine have focused on the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and spine. They seem to show that glucosamine can slow the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, reducing the progression of osteoarthritis and the need for knee replacement surgery.