Glucosamine Improves Ostearthritis Symptoms

Spring 2002 CSANews Issue 42  |  Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.Back to list

A recent study tested 212 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, over a three-year period, to determine the effects of ingesting a glucosamine supplement. Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body and is vital to cartilage formation.

The study showed that those patients who had received the glucosamine supplement in 1,500 milligram doses, on a daily basis, halted the loss of joint space and realized a 20 ­ 25 per cent improvement in symptoms.

It was noted that glucosamine may have adverse effects on blood-sugar levels and may increase insulin resistance, so people with diabetes may be inappropriate as candidates.

Glucosamine is an affordable, over-the-counter product sold in drug stores across Canada. Always consult your doctor prior to using any over-the-counter therapies.