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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body and is involved in the manufacturing of cartilage. Supplemental glucosamine is mainly derived from the chitin (shell) of shellfish, such as crabs, shrimps, and lobsters. Glucosamine has been shown to support cartilage formation and reduce arthritic pain. The two forms of supplemental glucosamine are glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Most of the research to date has been done with the sulfate form.


  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains/strains

Precautions: Digestive upset, including diarrhea. Persons who are allergic to shellfish don't normally have a problem, as this reaction is usually to the protein found in the meat of shrimps and in crabmeat. People who are allergic to sulfa drugs do not need to be concerned, as the source of the drugs is different from the mineral sulfur that is part of glucosamine sulfate.

Dosage: Take 1,500 mg daily.

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