Glucosamine has shown great promise in alleviating symptoms of arthritis, a disease affecting over 20 million adults in the US alone. This substance helps repair damaged cartilage in the body, increases range of motion and may protect the joints, thereby minimizing the pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with the disease. It is most effective for people with mild to moderate symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Glucosamine has also been shown to speed the recovery of sprains and other acute joint injuries.
Glucosamine is manufactured by the body but is not found directly in food, so if you want to increase your supply of it, try supplements made from chitin (processed shells of crustaceans such as shrimps, crabs and lobsters). The compound glucosamine sulfate is the recommended form. Talk to your doctor, nutritionist or holistic practitioner about appropriate dosages.
Note, glucosamine increases your blood sugar levels and so diabetics should use with caution.