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What does glucosamine do?

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The glucosamine in your body helps keep up the health of your cartilage -- the rubbery tissue that cushions bones at your joints. But as you get older, your levels of this compound begin to drop, which leads to the gradual breakdown of the joint.

There's some evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements may help with this, but experts aren't sure how.

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed.  , second edition, 2004.  Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Glucosamine." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Backgrounder: Questions and Answers: NIH Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT.)"


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 17, 2018

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed.  , second edition, 2004.  Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Glucosamine." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Backgrounder: Questions and Answers: NIH Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT.)"


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 17, 2018

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