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GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE**

 
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Natural Nutritional Supplement
** Please note that this product is likely derived from shellfish sources; check with the supplier and/or manufacturer of any Glucosamine Sulfate product that you purchase if you have a known allergy to shellfish.

Supplemental Glucosamine Sulfate has helped many people find relief from the discomforts and inflammation of osteoarthritis, asthma, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, osteoporosis, allergies and tendonitis, and it plays a major role in digestive, respiratory and urinary tract function. When taken in conjunction with Chondroitin its beneficial effects as an anti-inflammatory are enhanced.

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The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Background:
Glucosamine is normally manufactured in the body from the simple carbohydrate, glucose, and the amino acid, glutamine, and classified as an amino sugar, which occurs in all vertebrate tissues (including that of marine creatures, from which supplements are derived). Unlike other forms of sugar in the body, amino sugars are components of carbohydrates that are incorporated into the structure of body tissues, rather than being used as a source of energy. Glucosamine is produced by the body as a building block to create protective synovial fluids and tissues around joints and is vital for the creation and maintenance of cartilage, the main tissue that cushions and protects joints during movement. If there is an inadequate supply of Glucosamine, joint distress (arthritis) and many other health problems can develop; therefore, we are fortunate that easy-to-take Glucosamine Sulfate supplements are now available. When delivered into the joint, Glucosamine Sulfate binds to cartilage to help build a compound called glycosaminoglycan, the main structural component of cartilage, and new evidence claims that it may also help cells called chondrocytes produce new cartilage and renew joint function. There are several forms of Glucosamine, and the difference between various forms is simply the source from which they come and how they are stabilized, and many experts consider Glucosamine Sulfate to be the best source, because it is more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

Beneficial Uses:
Glucosamine Sulfate naturally enhances joint flexibility and motion.  It is used to repair damaged arthritic joints, reduce the pain of stiff, aching joints, relieve inflamed discs, sciatica, tendonitis and many forms of arthritis. Glucosamine is also thought to reduce the joint stress suffered by those who participate in regular, repetitive motions.  It is said to combat both the symptoms and causes of arthritis, and when combined with Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine is believed to have an even greater beneficial effect on osteoarthritis.

In many clinical trials, Glucosamine has been proven to actually build joint cartilage and can slightly reduce the destruction of cartilage caused by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are commonly prescribed for people with arthritis.

Glucosamine is involved in the formation and continuing health of nails, tendons, skin, eyes, bones, ligaments and even heart valves.

Glucosamine plays a major role in the mucous secretions of the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts, and supplemental Glucosamine Sulfate can be helpful for food allergies, respiratory allergies, asthma, vaginitis and candidiasis.

Suggested Reading
Glucosamine and Chondroitin were both mentioned in an article from the American Academy of Family Physicians regarding usefulness as alternative therapies for Osteoarthritis. Read the following article from the American Academy of Family Physicians' website on "Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Osteoarthritis."

Contraindications:
Because Glucosamine Sulfate Nutritional Supplement is produced naturally by the body, adverse reactions are minimal; however, if you're on a potassium-restricted diet, Glucosamine Sulfate is stabilized by potassium chloride, and higher than usual potassium levels may be hazardous for people who have malfunctioning kidneys.  Also, the use of certain diuretics may be a reason to restrict your intake of potassium.  Glucosamine comes from glucose, a naturally occurring sugar, so to be on the safe side, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar more regularly and discuss the use of glucosamine with their physicians.  Those allergic to shellfish should not use this product.

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