Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Glucosamine is a natural substance that is found in healthy cartilage. It is also sold as a popular dietary supplement to treat osteoarthritis. Dr. Edward Hill discusses glucosamine in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Glucosamine is a natural substance that is found in cartilage, which is the padding between the bones of a joint. When the cartilage in your joints starts to wear away, the bones begin to rub against each other. This is called osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine is also a supplement that may help to reduce osteoarthritis pain and stiffness, and improve movement, especially in the knee. Dietary supplements that contain glucosamine often contain additional ingredients, including chondroitin sulfate or shark cartilage.

Although using glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis has been tested, there is no guarantee that it works or that it is safe. Side effects from glucosamine are usually minor and can include stomach pain, heartburn or diarrhea.

Glucosamine is made from the shells of shellfish. Even though people who are allergic to shellfish react to the meat, people with these allergies should still be careful when taking glucosamine.

Talk to your doctor before taking glucosamine, especially if you are sick or if you are taking other medicine, including herbs or vitamins.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.