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Glucosamine is a compound naturally found within the car lage of our joints, made from chains of sugars and proteins bound together. It acts as one of the body's natural shock- absorbents and joint lubricants, allowing us to move around without (or at least with less) joint, bone and muscle pains. Glucosamine possesses natural an -inflammatory and an -aging proper es. One of the most popular supplements taken by people with bone and joint pain, glucosamine aids in trea ng common symptoms of age-related disorders like arthri s and osteoarthri s. It can also help improve diges on and gut health, mobility, range of mo on and general joint health, even in healthy people who have no chronic joint or bowel disorders. Without glucosamine, everyday movements and tasks would be very difficult and painful. The body needs glucosamine for the synthesis of certain proteins and lipids (fats) that form various important ssues, especially car lage. This plays an important part in the construc on of our joints, tendons and ligaments. In addi on, it helps form the fluids that surround joints and provide lubrica on. (This is called synovial fluid). Glucosamine also serves an important role in microbiome health. It helps form connec ve ssue that make up parts of the diges ve tract, a system that helps the immune system func on. Although not every person with severe joint pain will benefit from glucosamine supplementa on, many find some relief from pain within just 6 to 8 weeks. Many people do benefit from it, though, experiencing quality of life improvements like natural relief from arthri s, be er diges ve health, lower inflamma on or less bone pain. It can be used for years safely to combat signs of aging and improve overall quality of life, with li le to no side effects or risks in most people. How Does Glucosamine Work? Most of the research done on glucosamine looked specifically at the benefits of glucosamine sulfate, the natural chemical found in the human body. Researchers believe that using glucosamine supplements or obtaining it from natural sources like bone broth increases the amount of car lage and fluid that surrounds our joints. This helps prevent joint breakdown and reduces pain. Glucosamine is an aminosaccharide that helps create car lage from compounds called aggrecan and proteoglycans. Since joint deteriora on and loss of car lage are common osteoarthri s triggers, you can see why glucosamine's car lage-building proper es are important ways to naturally ease symptoms of the condi on. There's no current recommended daily dosage for glucosamine, but most people do best when taking 500 milligrams to 1500 milligrams daily, whether alone or in combina on with other supplements (like sulfate, omega-3s or MSM supplements). Studies show this dosage range helps: • lower inflamma on and help reverse autoimmune reac ons • preserve joint health Glucosamine Heals the Body in 4 Major Ways ... by Dr. Axe Do You Have Enough? Page 26 | Abby's Magazine -

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