Can Glucosamine Really Help with Joint Discomfort?
Have you heard of the bone broth craze? Many people swear by the beneficial
properties of bone broth, claiming
that the soup has helped to alleviate
a variety of different disorders. That’s
likely because bone broth is high in
glucosamine, a chemical naturally
found in our bodies that helps to protect our joints and lower inflammation of
If complicated soup-making isn’t your thing, you might wonder whether
glucosamine is available in a simple, convenient supplement. Well, the
answer is yes! It’s even included in our MotionPlus supplement, for that very
reason. So far, we have learned that glucosamine supplementation can help
in the following four ways.
Joint health. As we age, it is normal to lose cartilage around our joints.
Glucosamine can slow down this deterioration, and lower chronic
inflammation. Since the loss of cartilage can increase pressure and friction on
joints, a glucosamine regimen can also help to manage symptoms of
osteoarthritis. It is not a cure, but can lead to significant improvements.
Digestion. You might have heard of “leaky gut”, a condition in which
undigested particles (such as gluten and certain toxins) cross the lining of the
digestive tract and get into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. At that
point, an immune response is triggered in the body, leading to problems such
as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and arthritis. Glucosamine
has been shown to help repair damaged tissue in the gut, and can lead to
improvements in these conditions.
TMJ symptoms. TMJ is an inflammation of the jaw, which can lead to jaw
and neck pain, headaches, and sleeping difficulties. Glucosamine can help to
alleviate this inflammation and result in a reduction of TMJ symptoms.
Bone pain. Glucosamine also aids in bone healing, so those with low bone
density, pain, or a history of fractures can also benefits from
supplementation. It might even help to speed up recovery from bone injuries
such as fractures.
It’s important to remember that no supplement is 100 percent safe for
everyone; however, glucosamine has been shown to carry a low risk of side
effects or interactions. If you’re allergic to shellfish, check the labels on all
supplements to ensure that you aren’t using one made from those sources.
Click here to learn more about glucosamine and our Motion+ product
or contact us. We can help you understand how supplementation might help
by iFit Zone Team