I have researched this quite a bit this morning. What I found is that it says it helps in communication and transmission of neural signals. I've copied and pasted stuff from a few articles, but the websites are as follows:
http://www.biotech-weblog.com/50226711/ ... abetes.php
Here is some verbiage from what I've read so far:
N-AcetylGlucosamine is one of the eight essential sugars needed for optimal health and functioning in the human body and like the other glyconutrients promotes communication between the cells. N-AcetylGlucosamine (or Glucosamine its metabolic derivative) helps in immune system functioning particular in regards to HIV and tumors.
In addition, N-AcetylGlucosamine decreases pain and inflammation and increases range of motion in osteoarthritis patients and helps repair cartilage. N-AcetylGlucosamine has also been implicated as an aid to learning during certain mice studies. The saccharide or its derivative are found in the brains of mammal implying a relation to nerve functioning for learning.
In regards to disease processes, N-AcetylGlucosamine has been linked to Crohn's disease, interstitial cystitis and ulcerative colitis. Deficiencies of N-AcetylGlucosamine have been linked to diseases of the bowels and bladder. Those with colon cancer show particular deficiencies.
N-AcetylGlucosamine has been shown to repair the mucosal-lining defensive barrier called the glycosaminoglycan layer (GAG). According to animal studies, N-AcetylGlucosamine helped prevent the flu virus and herpes virus from occurring. N also has a hand in limiting chloresterol absorption and decreasing insulin secretion.
, N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), has been found to suppress the damaging autoimmune response observed in multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes mellitus.
In studies on mice, Dr. Michael Demetriou and colleagues with the UC Irvine Center for Immunology found that N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), which is similar but more effective than the widely available glucosamine, inhibited the growth and function of abnormal T-cells that incorrectly direct the immune system to attack specific tissues in the body, such as brain myelin in MS and insulin-producing cells of the pancreas in diabetes.
Together with a recent study on the use of GlcNAc in the treatment of treatment-resistant autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease, these findings point to the use of metabolic therapy using dietary supplements such as GlcNAc for treating autoimmune diseases.
I actually just ordered a "tub" of Ultimate Glucosamine and am going to give it a go. I talked to Opexa about it to see if it's on the "banned substances list". If you read my last rant about my rescheduled blood draw, you can see that I'm quite frustrated with the whole trial process since I'm doing so shitty, so I thought I'd give this a try. If my trial was two or three years ago I'd have been saying "that's ok" to the people informing me of the delays, but in the state I've been in, that's not exactly what I've been saying.