Definitions for "Glucosamine"
Glucosamine is a naturally-occurring substance found in cartilage that stimulates the production of collagen, the protein that helps hold joints together. It can help build joint cartilage, as well as help joint mobility and joint range of motion. We use only the finest, high purity grade of Glucosamine Sulfate.
Glucosamine sulfate and n-acetyl glucosamine occur widely in the exoskeleton of arthropods and crustaceans as their biopolymer, chitin. Glucosamine is also a basic constituent of cartilage. Glucosamine is a natural sugar produced by the body and found in certain foods. Glucosamine stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans, two essential building blocks of cartilage. In most cases, the joints produce sufficient Glucosamine to keep the cartilage in good repair, but if they fail to do so, it dries out, degenerates, cracks, and may even completely wear away. Left unprotected, the joints then become swollen, stiff, inflamed, tender, and painful--the condition known as osteoarthritis. Advocates believe that by taking artificially synthesized Glucosamine sulfate supplements, osteoarthritis sufferers can "jump start" the natural production of Glucosamine by their own bodies.
Organic compound found in cartilage and joint fluid; relieves joint pain and may help in healing some joint injuries. See: Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate; Glucosamine Sulfate
Keywords:  arthritis, relief
Used in the relief of arthritis.
Strengthens connective tissue so it can absorb more water.