Saturday, March 19, 2011

Reader Coment on Glucosamine received the following comment on the post "Glucosamine Loading Doses": Cosmetic Surgery Marketing said...
This is best advice. Glucosamine is made from crab shells and chondroitin from cow trachea. Glucosamine should be avoided in patients who are allergic to shellfish and some reports suggest that elevated blood sugar in diabetics.

Cosmetic Surgery Marketing, huh?...Never mind. Here are some facts on Glucosamine:

If you are severely allergic to shellfish, please consult with your doctor before taking any product containing glucosamine. That said, please note that in almost all cases, shellfish allergies are caused by proteins, not by chitin or glucosamine. Because the shellfish products in the Glucsoamine I take are highly refined and pharmaceutical grade, there are little to no shellfish protein residuals in either the glucosamine ingredient or the finished tablet.

Glucosamine is chemically classified as an "amino sugar." This is not the same as glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc., which provide energy in the form of calories. Glucosamine contains no calories and will not generally affect blood glucose levels.

A pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine is generally appropriate for those with diabetes. However, it is always advisable to check with a physician or pharmacist before starting any new diet or supplement regimen.

Individuals who are allergic to sulfa drugs may mistake sulfa and sulfur as being the same substance. Sulfa is an abbreviated name for a specific type of antibiotics called sulfonamides.

Sulfur, on the other hand, is an essential mineral found in nearly all proteins, vitamin B1, and multiple amino acids. It is not possible to be allergic to sulfur because the body cannot function properly without it.

Sulfate is simply a combination of the elements sulfur and oxygen and is naturally present in relatively high concentrations in human blood.

The Glucosamine I take does not contains sulfa drugs (sulfonamides).

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  1. This is really wonderful information for readers. Many health care providers will recommend a course of glucosamine supplementation during a period of three months for the patient to stop use if you do not experience reduction in symptoms of arthritis.

  2. response to body lift:

    Absolutely agree that after a trial period, if no results from taking Glucosamine then stop using as it isn't going to help.

    However, I tell my clients no more than two months. The last three people I have put onto our pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine have told me they felt much less joint discomfort within two weeks. In fact, all now have resumed running.