Can Glucosamine Really Help with Joint Discomfort?
Filed under: Nutritional Supports
Have you heard of the bone broth craze? Many people swear by the beneficial properties of bone broth, claiming that the soup has helped to alleviate a variety of different disorders. That’s likely because bone broth is high in glucosamine, a chemical naturally found in our bodies that helps to protect our joints and lower inflammation of various types.
If complicated soup-making isn’t your thing, you might wonder whether glucosamine is available in a simple, convenient supplement. Well, the answer is yes! It’s even included in our MotionPlus supplement, for that very reason. So far, we have learned that glucosamine supplementation can help in the following four ways.
Joint health. As we age, it is normal to lose cartilage around our joints. Glucosamine can slow down this deterioration, and lower chronic inflammation. Since the loss of cartilage can increase pressure and friction on joints, a glucosamine regimen can also help to manage symptoms of osteoarthritis. It is not a cure, but can lead to significant improvements.
Digestion. You might have heard of “leaky gut”, a condition in which undigested particles (such as gluten and certain toxins) cross the lining of the digestive tract and get into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. At that point, an immune response is triggered in the body, leading to problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and arthritis. Glucosamine has been shown to help repair damaged tissue in the gut, and can lead to improvements in these conditions.
TMJ symptoms. TMJ is an inflammation of the jaw, which can lead to jaw and neck pain, headaches, and sleeping difficulties. Glucosamine can help to alleviate this inflammation and result in a reduction of TMJ symptoms.
Bone pain. Glucosamine also aids in bone healing, so those with low bone density, pain, or a history of fractures can also benefits from supplementation. It might even help to speed up recovery from bone injuries such as fractures.
It’s important to remember that no supplement is 100 percent safe for everyone; however, glucosamine has been shown to carry a low risk of side effects or interactions. If you’re allergic to shellfish, check the labels on all supplements to ensure that you aren’t using one made from those sources. To learn more about glucosamine and our MotionPlus product, contact us. We can help you understand how supplementation might help you.