What Exactly is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine stimulates the production of proteoglycans and collagen, and it also normalizes cartilage metabolism, which, in turn, helps promote cartilage health.
Because of its powerful effect on cartilage metabolism, Glucosamine can help the body repair damaged or eroded cartilage. In other words, glucosamine strengthens your body's natural repair mechanisms.
Besides stimulating cartilage production, glucosamine also reduces joint discomfort and soreness.
When looking for a quality alternative treatment to NSAIDs, COX-2 Inhibitors or steroids, look for a supplement that contains both the sulfate and hydrochloride version of the Glucosamine, Chondroitin sulfate and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane).
Ailments That Can Be Treated with Glucosamine (and Chondroitin)
The following is a list of ailments that can be treated with glucosamine and chondroitin in both people and pets:
- Acute Traumatic Arthritis
- Auto Immune Arthritis
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Knee Stifle
- Hip Dysplasia
- Kneecap Dislocation
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Traumatic Arthritis
- Inflammatory Joint Disease
Glucosamine As Major Building Block of Proteoglycans
Glucosamine is the major building block of proteoglycans. Not only is it a building block for the synthesis of proteoglycans, its mere presence acts as a stimulus to the cells that produce proteoglycans. In fact, glucosamine is a key factor in determining how many proteoglycans are produced by the cells.
If the cartilage is damaged, the thread of proteoglycans becomes weak and breaks, or simply "leaks" out; and thus, the collagen loses its nourishment system and support system as the proteoglycans (which are dependent largely on glucosamine) lose their ability to bind to the cartilage, causing them to float away.
The result of all of this is much like the suspension and the shocks in your car in that the cartilage becomes worn out and cannot withstand further shocks or impacts. The cartilage may crack or eventually may even wear out completely.
Without its proteoglycan support system to keep it together and replenish it, cartilage quickly wears out. Once it wears out, it can cause:
- Bone Spurs
- Broken Bits of Cartilage Floating in Synovial Fluid
- Bone-on-Bone Grinding
- Inflammation, and Debilitation
Increasing Cartilage Production
The more glucosamine you have (take only what is recommended), the more proteoglycans you have. The more proteoglycans you have, the more cartilage you can produce.
Without glucosamine, your joints essentially "dry out," and just how rubber gets old, ages, and loses its spring - your joints can wear out in a similar way.
Glucosamine helps promote the restoration of your joints, increasing movement, flexibility and stimulated cartilage growth for healthier joints.
For additional information on liquid glucosamine, contact Flexicose today