Glucosamine Sulphate is a compound that occurs naturally in the fluid around your joints and it helps to build cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It’s also found in shellfish shells, which is the common extracted form that is often used in supplements.
This is because it is the same actual raw material our joints and ligaments are made of, and as we don’t produce this compound naturally supplementing really is the only way to rebuild these joints and ligaments after they have broken down.
Many people swear by the remarkable benefits of glucosamine supplementation, especially those with joint pains, or those suffering with painful diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis.
WHY TAKE GLUCOSAMINE SULPHATE?
1. ANTI AGING
The news we have all been waiting for: Glucosamine seems to be a potentially effective treatment for wrinkles too, and when applied to the skin stimulates cell renewal. In facial moisturising creams it comes in the form of hyaluronic acid, and this substance makes its way into the deeper skin layers and stimulates collagen production, in turn reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
Skin plumping action:
Glucosamine is also a building block for hyaluronic acid, which plumps out the skin making skin texture more youthful from the inside too, and not just in the form of topical creams.
Orally taking glucosamine supplements, along with all its other benefits, was seen to reduce wrinkles by 34%, according to the ‘Journal of Dermatologic Treatment’.
These are just awesome findings – imagine being able to reduce wrinkles by a third just by using this one supplement! Of course, using glucosamine both topically and orally is sure to amplify the effects, especially when taken along side other natural anti aging supplements.
2. RELIEVES JOINT PAIN AND 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 you damage, and in osteoarthritis this cartilage breaks down causing those 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 all at the same time.
In fact, glucosamine supplemention is the number one thing you should be doing if you suffer from osteoarthritis. You may need to experiment with the amount that works for you as we all absorb nutrients differently. Start at the higher end of 1500mg and experiment with going lower after that. For me personally (and for most I have spoken with) I definitely notice a difference in my creaky knees at 1500mg, but when I go lower it seems to creep back again, therefore 1500mg seems to be optimum dosage.
Want to enhance the effects?
Glucosamine effects are said to be enhanced when combined with Chondroitin Sulphate (this helps stop cartilage breaking down, and also helps to repair it, therefore working in harmony with glucosamine) and will often come together in the same supplement anyway.
Most people find that they do work better together, and the scientific evidence supports this.
WHAT ARE THE BEST GLUCOSAMINE SUPPLEMENTS?
Always make sure you source out good quaility and trusted brand supplements and it will surely 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 and eliminate.
Good supplements are organically sourced and have high bio availability, meaning that the body can more easily uptake the nutrients into your system. It is always more cost effective in the long run to go for quality over quantity.
Recommended dose – 1500mg per day
Ways to reduce inflammation along with your glucosamine:-
- Eating a highly plant based diet will mean you are taking in lots of alkaline foods rather than the 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: you can buy turmeric supplements, or you can add it to your food which is my preferred method. It is often preferable to eat the ‘whole food’ where possible, especially if something is just for preventative reasons. Please read about the amazing powers of turmeric and follow the recipe on this powerful and healing turmeric paste. I now have my whole family on this stuff and they have ALL seen and felt varying results. Turmeric is one spice that has now been absolutely proven to lower inflammation in the body.
- Take high quality green powder everyday. As in wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, spirulna, or moringa as these are highly alkaline and will help to fight inflammation on a cellular level. Ideally take a blend, or a mix of these powerful detoxifiyers and see the difference not only in inflammation, but due to their high levels of antioxidants they are also anti aging and will help keep you young on the inside AND out.
Taking glucosamine and chondroitin alongside the other recommendations in this post 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 your health issues from all angles, and you’ll also be lowering your chances of many other age related diseases and illnesses in the process.