The Importance Of Glucosamine And Its Effects On The Body Parts Of Osteoarthritis

1680 Words Oct 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is produced naturally in humans to make cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints. In normal joints, cartilage provides a protective jacket that covers the end of each bone which in return provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint motion and acts as a buffer between the bones. When the surface layer of cartilage between the bone of a joint is worn down you more than likely will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis and is the most common chronic condition of the joints. When you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis the bones rub together, which can cause pain and swelling and make it difficult to move the joint. Some of the most affected body parts of osteoarthritis are the knees, hips, spine, and hands. To alleviate the pain caused from osteoarthritis scientists started conducting studies to see if glucosamine would help humans. Scientists came up with the idea from veterinarians who for several years have used it to preserve joints on racehorses due to constant pounding on the track. The framework of glucosamine is cast from three different forms: Glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and n-acetyl glucosamine. But not all these forms of glucosamine are beneficial to relieve pain from osteoarthritis. N-acetyl glucosamine is a chemical that comes from the outer shells of shellfish. N-acetyl glucosamine is also known as N-acetylglucosamine and is…

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