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Non Drug Pain Managment Ideas: Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis

Glucosamine is a nutritional supplement that has gained attention in recent years as a treatment for osteoarthritis.  This substance occurs naturally in the human body and is an ingredient used by the body for the production of cartilage.  There are numerous products in the marketplace that contain glucosamine; it may be available as tablet, liquid or powder.  Some products that contain glucosamine also contain chondroitin, which is another naturally occurring chemical that plays a role in formation of cartilage.





As to whether or not taking glucosamine or glucosamine with chondroitin is actually of benefit-the answer is unclear.  This type of nutritional supplement does seem to help some people, but for others, the opposite is true.  In my opinion, it does not hurt to try one of these products if you have osteoarthritis, but if there is no perceived benefit after a few weeks' time, it probably is not worth continuing.

A note of caution: do not use this product if you are allergic to shellfish or any of the product ingredients; it is also possible that people with asthma may have exacerbation if using this product.  Read all labels on the product you choose before taking so you understand ALL of the precautions and the dosing.

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