Many patients who have arthritis have heard about glucosamine. Glucosamine is cartilage that is found naturally in the body. Studies have indicated that taking glucosamine will help alleviate some of the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis.
The majority of patients are encouraged to take a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin. Chondroitin is another form of cartilage used to help prevent the degenerative process of osteoarthritis.
Dosing guidelines for glucosamine vary, but usually range from 500mg-1500mg per day. Chondroitin dosages usually range from 400-1200mg per day. Many supplements contain both active ingredients.
If you are interested in taking Glucosamine for help with your osteoarthritis, talk with your physician. Glucosamine can affect your blood sugars if you are diabetic and can have some blood thinning effects. Chondroitin often contains shellfish, so if you are allergic to fish or shellfish, look for a supplement that is either shellfish free or does not contain chondroitin.