4 Things to Know About Glucosamine
Filed under: Nutritional Supports
If you’ve heard the buzz about glucosamine, you might be wondering what it’s all about. First of all, glucosamine is simply a compound found within our joints, and its purpose is to act as a natural shock absorber and lubricant. Without it, most of our everyday movements and functions would be difficult and quite painful. Unfortunately, we do experience loss of glucosamine as we age, leading to soreness and stiffness in joints, as well as other problems.
It might seem obvious to you that replacing glucosamine can help to offset this loss. You would be correct, but that’s not all glucosamine can do! Numerous scientific studies have addressed the potential health benefits of glucosamine, and we continue to learn more every day. Here’s what we know so far:
Glucosamine aids with digestive function. Known to help heal the lining of the digestive tract, glucosamine has shown to improve conditions such as leaky gut, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s. Since it reduces permeability of this lining, glucosamine effectively lowers the amount of inflammatory particles entering the bloodstream.
Glucosamine can relieve TMJ symptoms. Inflammation in the jaw leads to pain, stiffness, headaches, and trouble sleeping. Over time this inflammation, or TMJ, can lead to functional difficulties such as eating and talking. Glucosamine has been shown to be as effective as over-the-counter pain relievers to treat the discomfort, while reducing inflammation and helping the jaw to heal.
Glucosamine improves joint health. Over time, we all lose cartilege in our joints, and this can lead to painful conditions such as osteoarthritis. Glucosamine slows the degeneration of joints, relieving the symptoms of arthritis in many cases. In particular, this effect has been noted by those whose pain is concentrated in the knees and hips.
Glucosamine can relieve bone pain and prevent injuries. Those with low bone density, a history of fractures, and bone pain can benefit from the healing effects of glucosamine. This is particularly true for those at highest risk of bone loss, such as middle-aged and older women.
Glucosamine is one of the primary ingredients in our Motion Plus product, designed to help promote healthy joint function. For more information on glucosamine or Motion Plus, please contact us to discover if this supplement might be right for you.