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By coincidence I found a jar in my bathroom cabinet so I have started taking them. Has anyone who has taken them noticed any improvements?
Glucosamine Sulfate - Chondroitin Sulfate
January 30, 2004
These two compounds have gained widespread use for the treatment of arthritic conditions. Though initially skeptical of "homeopathic" natural remedies, our patients have swayed our thinking by reporting excellent symptomatic relief, comparable to any non-steroidal (NSAID) drug. Additionally solid basic science studies and prospective blinded human studies have shown that glucosamine is effective in:
Reducing joint pain
Increasing lubrication of the joint
Stimulating cartilage matrix repair
Inhibiting enzymes that breakdown cartilage
Preserving joint space
The dosage that appears to be effective is 1500 mg of Glucosamine. The literature suggests that liquid forms are better absorbed than pills. The liquid (Joint Juice) or the pills can be taken once a day.
We have found no extra benefit from taking chondroitin sulfate although there may be some risk in that unlike glucosamine (from shellfish chitin) chondroitin is from the trachea of cows.
There is no allergic reaction known to glucosamine. No fish or shellfish products are present in the preparations.
There is no significant difference between the HCl and sulfate versions of glucosamine.
There is no over dosage of glucosamine possible that we are aware of.
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*Note: It is anticipated that a total of 1,124 patients will be recruited for the study. Patient recruitment is expected to begin in February 2000.
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