Glucosamine Sulphate is a compound that occurs naturally in the fluid around our joints, and helps to build cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It is also found in shellfish shells which is the common extracted form that is often used in supplements.
Many people swear by the remarkable benefits of glucosamine supplementation, especially those with joint pains and those suffering with painful diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis.
WHY TAKE GLUCOSAMINE SULPHATE?
The news we have all been waiting for! Glucosamine seems to be a potentially effective treatment for wrinkles, and when applied to the skin stimulates cell renewal. In facial moisturising creams it comes in the form of hyaluronic acid, which makes its way into the deeper skin layers and stimulates collagen production, in turn reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
Big Wrinkle Reduction!
It is also worth noting that as glucosamine is a building block for hyaluronic acid which plumps out the skin. Orally taking glucosamine supplements, along with all the other benefits, was seen to reduce wrinkles by 34%, according to the ‘Journal of Dermatologic Treatment’.
Of course, using glucosamine both topically and orally is sure to amplify the effects, especially when taken along side other anti aging supplements. For a wonderful list of the best supplements to keep you young and beautiful please read my post ‘Best of the Anti Aging Supplements’.
RELIEVES JOINT PAIN AND OSTEOARTHRITIS:
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is often caused by one or more of these 4 major things:-
- Joint Injury
- Being Overweight
- Family History
The end of your bones are covered with a layer of cartilage which works as a shock absorber to stop bones rubbing together and doing damage. In osteoarthritis this cartilage breaks down causing bones to painfully rub together. Supplementing with between 500- 1500mg of glucosamine sulphate may help the body repair damage, rebuild new cartilage and lower inflammation.
You may need to experiment with the amount that works for you as we all absorb differently. I would start at the higher end of 1500mg and experiment with going lower after that. For me personally I definitely notice a difference in my creaky knees at 1500mg but when I go lower it seems to creep back again.
Want to Enhance the Effects?
Glucosamine effects are said to be enhanced when combined with Chondroitin Sulphate (chondroitin helps stop cartilage breaking down, and also helps to repair it therefore working in harmony with glucosamine) and these will often come together in the same supplement. Yet again, for me I find that they do work better together and the scientific evidence supports this.
THE BEST GLUCOSAMINE SUPPLEMENTS
Always make sure you source out good quaility trusted brand supplements and it will pay dividends. Bad quality and cheap supplements are rife, and often filled with fillers and other chemicals which are hard for the body to break down. Good supplements are organically sourced and have high bio availability, meaning that the body can more easily uptake the nutrient into your system – making it way more cost effective in the long run to go for quality over quantity.
- Recommended dose – 1500mg per day
- Trusted Brand Amazon – BlueBonnet Glucosamine/Chondroitin tablets
Other Great Ways to Reduce Inflammation Along With Your Glucosamine:
- Eat a highly Plant Based Diet, this will mean you are taking in lots of alkaline foods rather than acidic foods which keep your body in a high state of inflammation. Foods that contribute to inflammation include junk foods, sugar, trans fats, and most dairy products. An alkaline diet should be full of fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds.
- Take turmeric (if you can stomach it). You can buy turmeric supplements, or you can add it to your food which is my preferred method as I prefer to eat the ‘whole food’ where possible. Please read my post on the Amazing Powers of Turmeric where you will find a recipe on the most powerful and healing turmeric paste that I now have my whole family on. Turmeric is one spice that has now been PROVEN to work!
- Take green powder EVERYDAY. As in wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella or moringa as these are highly alkaline and will help to fight inflammation on a cellular level. Ideally take a blend or a mixture of these powerful detoxifiyers and see a difference, not only in your inflammation, and due to their high levels of antioxidants they are also anti aging and will help keep you young on the inside and out. For the best green super food powder blend please read my review on Dr. Schulze’s Superfood, it really is a life changer!
Taking glucosamine and chondroitin alongside the list above really will be your best defense against painful joints, inflammation and aging in general, BUT I highly recommend you do all of them to really hit it from all angles. You will also be lowering your chances of many other age related diseases and illnesses in the process.
Please feel free to ask any questions below, or better still if you have tried and tested any of the above and had good results I would love to hear from you.