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I take 1 tablet a day for my back, my husband takes 1 a day for his knee and my mum takes 2 tablets 3 times a day for osteo


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According to this Mayo Clinic article, glucosamine is a natural compound in your body that helps make cartilage stronger and more rigid. Because of this, some think that nutritional supplements of glucosamine may help to repair damaged cartilage. This, according to the article, has not been proven, but the supplement is commonly used to reduce pain of arthritis. It is not available as a prescription drug, but Britain's NHS will reimburse osteoarthritis sufferers for their purchases when they have osteoarthritis. It is quite expensive to use according to the recommended dosages. I tried it for awhile, but it didn't really help. The NSAIDs seem to be better for pain.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

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Hi Jefa,


Here in the States you can buy Glucosamine at our warehouse stores, 250 tablets for $18.00.


My dog's vet recommended it for him so I bought the people kind and was wrapping it in cheese for him. Then I found a liver flavored doggie kind that he eats like candy.


Now I have this huge bottle and was wondering if it would do me any good - more sepcifically, could it do someone with sclero any harm? My rheumatologist has never mentioned it to me.


The bottle reads:


"Glucosamine and MSM is an effective supplement combination that helps support maximum flexibility, range of motion, joint lubrication and maintenance for healthy cartilage and connective tissue."


Sounded good to me...


After about a month my dog stopped limping so I know it does him good.



Take care,



Serena Justis

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I remembered running an article on Glucosimine a couple of months ago. Here it is:


Glucosamine-like dietary supplement suppresses autoimmune response in multiple sclerosis and type-1 diabetes mellitus


It's more in reference to diabetes and MS, but the information is quite interesting for all autoimmune diseases. Here's a study from PubMed on glu/MSM and osteoarthritis.


Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Study of Oral Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane and their Combination in Osteoarthritis.


I don't take it because I'm one of the fortunate ones with no joint pain and good bones. Please take the advice of Jefa's article to always consult your doctor before taking any supplement.


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

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