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Discover Natural Supplements That Really Give Relief From Arthritic Pain

If you suffer from arthritis pain, chances are youíve heard of a
relatively new over-the-counter remedy called Glucosamine. But what is Glucosamine, and how does it work to relieve arthritis?

In this article, Iíll introduce you to this new treatment and
provide you with the pros and cons of its use. By the time
youíve finished reading this article, youíll be able to make an
informed decision on whether or not Glucosamine is right for

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine, together with a related ingredient called
Chondroitin, are substances which exist naturally in your body.
It is believed that glucosamine helps to build and repair
cartilage (the soft, spongy material between your joints), while
chondroitin lends to the elasticity and flexibility of joints. A
deficiency of either one can lead to increased wear and tear on
the joint, and cause redness, swelling and stiffness as a result.
When used together, glucosamine and chondroitin act as a
tag-team of arthritis fighters, improving flexibility, soothing
inflammation and reducing swelling caused by achy joints.

Where Can I Buy Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplements?
You can find these products in virtually any pharmacy or health
goods store. The downside to this is, like other herbal and
alternative medicines, supplements are not regulated by any
governing body. Thatís why youíll need to do a little bit of
research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs.
Hereís what you need to know when comparison shopping for a
glucosamine supplement:

∑ If you are allergic to shellfish, do not take glucosamine supplement.

∑ You should expect to pay anywhere from $1-3 per pill when
taking glucosamine daily. Since insurance companies rarely cover
supplements of any kind, youíll most likely be paying for them
out of pocket.

∑ Read the ingredients label on the bottle to determine the
dosage. Approximately 1500mg of glucosamine and 1200mg of
chondroitin have been safely used in clinical trials. Depending
on your individual medication tolerances and the severity of your
arthritis, you should consult your physicial or rheumatologist to
find the right dose for your individual needs.

∑ Select supplements manufactured by a well-known, reputable
company. Recommended brands include: Osteo Bi-Flex, WholeHealth,
Flex-A-Min, MoveFree and individual pharmacy brands.

Are There Any Side Effects I Should Know About?
As with any medication or supplements, there are a few warnings
you should know:

∑ If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use
glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, as no long-term studies have
been done to gage what materials (if any) are passed on to the
baby either internally or through breast milk.

∑ If you are diabetic, glucosamine may cause your blood sugar to rise.

∑ Chondroitin also acts as a mild blood thinner. Therefore, if
you are taking any heart medication or are taking an aspirin
regimen, have your blood clotting time checked more frequently by
your doctor.

∑ Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements should not be taken by
children since no studies have been done to determine their
effect (if any) on the childís development.

(Please note: The information contained within this article is
not intended to replace or substitute for that of an experienced physician. Remember to check with your doctor or rheumatologist before starting daily glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, and donít stop or reduce any of your current medications (whether theyíre for arthritis or not) without first talking with your doctor).