Glucosamine Sulfate - A Natural Supplement For Osteoarthritis

By: Dr. Jim Byers
Published on September 29, 2011, 2012
Last Updated on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 10:48 AM
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Has your doctor diagnosed you with osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease? Have you heard "It's arthritis and you'll have to just deal with it." As the general population ages, this is occurring more frequently.

The problem with osteoarthritis is that as we age we tend to lose cartilage. This cartilage at the ends of our bones is what allows for movement. This loss of cartilage may lead to irritation which involves the pain we feel. Loss of cartilage may also be due to previous joint injuries, carrying around too much weight, or eating a poor diet. It is possible your doctor has prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for your pain. More frequently, osteoarthritis patients have been looking for an alternative method to avoid the harmful effects of NSAIDS. One excellent choice with a proven track record is glucosamine sulfate.

Glucosamine Sulfate is currently one of the most clinically proven natural supplements for osteoarthritis. Glucosamine sulfate works directly on the cartilage at the ends of our bones. On a biochemical level, it penetrates the cartilage and stimulates the cartilage cells to begin producing more cartilage. It will not rebuild damaged cells but instead create more cells.

Research has shown that when compared to ibuprofen, 1,500 mg/day of glucosamine was equal in reducing pain after 8 weeks. Note that most current studies involve the knee area. I caution my patients to be patient with glucosamine. It is a supplement and not a drug. It may take 5-6 weeks to take effect because it must find its way to the damaged joint to begin its work.

In closing, I have had many patients express delight with the success of this supplement. I highly recommend that you purchase this from your local physician. Currently, the FDA has no standards on supplements and you may find that the quality found at a drugstore or mall outlet to be inferior. Please consult your family physician first to see if you are a good candidate to take this supplement.