Glucosamine is a type of simple sugar that is abundant in the environment and makes up most of the cell walls of one type of fungi called Aspergillus niger, and the outer coverings of crustaceans, shellfish, bone marrow and bones of animals. It is commonly manufactured in commercial quantity from these skeletons and from grains like wheat or corn.
Oral glucosamine is considered a dietary supplement and not a drug. In the US, it is illegal to sell dietary supplements as treatment for certain diseases.
Glucosamine which is obtained from glucose, is an important component of glycosaminoglycans, a key component of human cartilages. Thus glucosamine has become widely used in the treatment of diseases of the bones and osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.
An article published by the American College of Rheumatology stated that glucosamine sulfate may be able to slow down the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis.
There is strong evidence that glucosamine sulfate, when given through the veins, muscles and by mouth may improve the ability of patients to move around and improve speed, it may relieve pain, and lessen tenderness among osteoarthritis patients.
Glucosamine is commonly sold in combination with other supplements like methylsulfonylmethane or MSM and chondroitin sulfate. It is also sold in the form of glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride.
Glucosamine is believed to have positive effects on the skin due to its important role in the production of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is present in our epithelial, neural and connective tissues and is one of the main components that helps in the repair of skin tissues. It is found in the body’s synovial fluid providing lubrication to the bones
It is believed to speed up healing of wounds caused by trauma or severe injury, hydrates the skin and delays the signs of aging.
It prevents the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to the skin and thus prevents diseases involving hyperpigmentation of the skin. Glucosamine supplementation also makes dark skin fairer because of less melanine production.
Glucosamine has also been reported to be effective for the treatment of psoriasis by blocking ampherigulin, the substance responsible for the proliferation of psoriatic lesions in patients suffering from this serious skin problem.
Glucosamine which is also naturally present in a dog’s body is known to treat hip hyperplasia and osteoarthritis in your pets.It relieves pain caused by osteoarthritis and improves your pets’ ability to move about. It has the ability to regenerate soft bones and cartilages and delay the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis in dogs.