Joint health can be improved drastically and in this article we will share with you how. I assume you found this article because you want to mitigate joint pain in the future, or you have joint pain now and you’d like some sort of answer in the form of a supplement. Well this is the information you are for you.
The reason we’re talking about Glucosamine today is that Glucosamine is a highly effective supplement that works on the cartilage that’s between your joints. So, really any sort of area where you might have cartilage, Glucosamine is used by particular cells known as Chondrocytes. It sounds kind of funny but Chondrocytes will actually take Glucosamine and create what are called Proteoglycans.
These Proteoglycans are the actual structure that create your cartilage. So, the more of those that you have the better, and of course as we age, we tend to start to lose the ability or at least we don’t synthesize, we don’t build as many of those proteoglycans as we might be able to. So, supplementing with Glucosamine especially early on but even later on in life is certainly beneficial.
Types of Glucosamine
That said, there are many different types of Glucosamine. There’s Glucosamine Sulfate, Glucosamine N-Acetyl Glucosamine, as well as Glucosamine Hydrochloride, and I’m sure there are others out there as well. So, the recommendation would be to typically focus on Glucosamine Sulfate.
Glucosamine Sulfate is one that’s used in most trials in terms of studies and it’s also the one that’s been proven to work the best. Some of the others actually have other benefits, but in terms of overall for the general population it would be recommended to stick to Glucosamine Sulfate.
Now, in terms of the amount that’s usually taken in particular studies and just in clinical work is around 1,500 milligrams per day. Now, you might be thinking should I take all of that at once, or should I break that up into smaller doses like maybe three times 500 milligrams? It doesn’t really matter so you can choose whichever way that you prefer. Now, that’s for the general population. There is a slight stipulation for athletic population. A person who is constantly running or jumping or basketball player, lacrosse player, just any sort of really athletic person, we typically want to double that dosage to around 3,000 milligrams per day.
All right, well that is how to take Glucosamine and why you should take Glucosamine if you’re young or if you’re old. Hopefully that was informative and helpful for you and answered the questions many have about Glucosamine.
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