Shopping for glucosamine
Here’s what you need to know when comparison
shopping for a 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, you’ll most likely be paying for them
out of pocket. Remember - the cheaper the product in this
case, the less likely you are to get the real thing.
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 physician or
rheumatologist to find the right dose for your individual
Select supplements manufactured by a well-known, reputable
company. Remember, the cheaper the glucosamine supplement, the
more likely it is to be a worthless waste of your time and
money. see Arthritis Pain and
You are looking for Glucosamine sulfate
or N-Acelylglucosamine (N-A-G). I also use Superoxide dismutase
(SOD) which is an antioxidant that protect the fluid in the
joints. For advanced cases you want to discuss SOD with your
physician for possible injections rather than capsules.
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, chondroitin (a form of sugar) 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 child’s development.
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(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 don’t stop or reduce any of your current
medications (whether they’re for arthritis or not) without
first talking with your doctor).