Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound in the Body that is found in the fluid around the Joints. There are various forms of glucosamine, such as glucosamine sulphate, N-acetyl-glucosamine & glucosamine hydrochloride, and Natures Healthbox have a large selection of Supplements featuring all of these varieties.
There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that one form of glucosamine far outweighs the other. However, with that said, many medical professionals believe that the "sulphate" part of glucosamine is important, as it is required by the body to produce & maintain cartilage.
You should seek medical consultation if you have high Blood Pressure, diabetes, a shellfish allergy, kidney or heart disease, and bleeding disorders before taking a glucosamine supplement.
If you regularly consume alcohol or caffeine-based drinks, smoke or use illicit drugs, a glucosamine supplement may not work accordingly within your body. In any case, if your fall into any of the aforementioned categories, seek the consultation of your GP before using a glucosamine supplement.
Foods high in glucosamine are hard to find, with only the shells of lobster and shrimp offering a truly worthy source. And while most glucosamine supplements are made from the shells of shellfish, vegan & vegetarian forms can be formulated using dextrose, which is derived from corn fermentation.
Glucosamine is primarily recognised for the positive affects it has on knee & back pain, glaucoma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, it also plays a vital role in building cartilage, a flexible, connective tissue found in several areas of our body.