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Glusosamine Sulphate December 10, 2005 10:15 AM

What is Glucosamine Sulphate? Glucosamine is a naturally occuring substance, it is a sugar, produced in an animal's body (and in yours!) from glucose, and is used in the maintenance and regeneration of healthy cartilage in joints. The articulating surfaces of the bones (the ends of the bones that come/rub together forming the joint) are covered in articular cartilage and are bathed in Synovial Fluid - "joint oil". In a normal healthy joint the articular cartilage is smooth and the synovial fluid is of sufficient high quality to provide adequate lubrication. Why extra glucosamine sulphate is needed when things go wrong Articular cartilage is one of the first tissues to age and has relatively poor powers of regeneration because of the poor blood supply to the area, even in a healthy animal/human. The delicate balance between wear and renewal can be easily upset - a strain, a slip or fall, repeated heavy use, poor nutrition can start a cycle of events that will lead to progressive degeneration of the joint. The natural reaction of joints to a strain, injury or wear and tear is to become inflamed, whether visibly so or not - a greater amount of synovial fluid is produced (which is often of poorer quality) and enzymes can be produced which actually degrade the cartilage and synovial fluid (Stashak - 1995). This causes sustained, if not greater, inflammation... a self perpetuating cycle leading to DJD as the body cannot produce enough glucosamine to keep up to the rate of repair and renewal that would be necessary. This is especially true of older peoplel with the slowing down of body systems that comes with age. How is Glucosamine sulphate used? Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate are used to relieve the symptoms and help in the healing of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) - osteoarthritis an inevitable result of the ageing process coupled with wear and tear on joints. Many have reported greatly improved mobilityby taking Glucosamine & Chondroitin. Glucosamine & Chondroitin how do they help? Providing additional Glucosamine speeds up the repair and renewal of damaged or worn articulating cartilage whilst additional Chondroitin helps to neutralise the destructive enzymes and improve the quality of the synovial fluid. Supplementation of a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin - two naturally occurring and essential substances - has been shown to be most effective. Since DJD, once started, is a permanent condition, the treatment is long term - you must stay on the maintenance dose for the rest of your life or the joint will revert back to its degenerative condition if supplementation stops.  [ send green star]
 December 16, 2005 12:30 PM

In '96 a friend of mine in Florida told me to use GS because my knee was hurting when we were playing tennis. It took about ten days for it to do its stuff but it worked. Now I hardly ever even have to take it but if I do, it works right away. It's as if my body learned how to use it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thanks for the invite Sharlene. December 16, 2005 1:01 PM

Guess this is one group I want to join as I am a 'health nut' and an excersise nut. I am also a firm beliver in vitamins as a prevention and natural products (organic) as much as possible. Always hoping to learn more.... Where are the smilies and the other good stuff we tend to use while posting?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Wenke K. December 17, 2005 10:18 AM

That better? I am new to all this and forgot to allow the emoticons here. Thanks for drawing it to my attention!  [ send green star]
 July 23, 2007 12:04 PM

We had a 10 year old Affenpicher dog which was having so much trouble with his joints. We started him on Glucosamine and he was so much better able to run again and seemed to be in no pain.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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