Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis Treatment
Chondroitin and Glucosamine for osteoarthritis treatment are two names well popular among the arthritic patients today. Be it yourself or your arthritic pet these two compounds are the names for pain relief.
In simple terms, Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are natural components of a healthy normal cartilage. A healthy cartilage contains around 85% water which dries up in to a 70% as we age. When the cartilage (the cushion in the joints) is degenerating or is damaged due to many reasons it has a minimal potential for repair. If your cartilage has worn down in one or more places you suffer from osteoarthritis that results in the rubbing of bones causing pain and inflammation. This causes functional disability, limited movements, difficulty in day to say activities and so on.
Osteoarthritis Treatment: Painkillers vs Glucosamine
Painkillers help you mask the pain but the degeneration of the cartilage worsens all the time. The more the degeneration the more the pain and more of the painkillers. Painkillers may also increase blood pressure while being not so good to your vital organs like kidneys.
Whereas, Glucosamine sulfate when ingested as a dietary supplement claims to bring back that fluidity of the cartilages which gets lost in those aging years, thus it is a good osteoarthritis treatment. The supplement backs up the natural body glucosamine and augments the repair and regeneration of cartilage by inhibiting the breakdown of proteoglycans (a major component of the matrix). It also helps to retain the water content of the cartilage rendering back its cushionity. Glucosamine is a safe osteoarthritis treatment though it may take a few weeks more than the painkillers to relieve the symptoms and progression of osteoarthritis.
One of the well known sources of glucosamine and chondroitin that are great osteoarthritis treatment is shellfish, particularly the Green Lipped Mussels. Liquids extracts or supplements are found to be more effective than the solids as liquids get absorbed in to the body faster than the latter. Green Lipped Mussel Extract are natural osteoarthritis treatment that are readily available in stores and online shops.
Yet, it cannot be forgotten that it may not work for everyone who takes it. Obese or heavily built people, long time sufferers of osteoarthritis and older people may not benefit at all. But, if you are allergic to shellfish then you are probably allergic to glucosamine too!
-AparnA K V