Learning About Glucosamine Sulphate

Introduction to Glucosamine

It is likely that you have seen glucosamine in health food shops before, without knowing exactly what it is. To keep you up to date with the vitamins and supplements world, we’ve found out about glucosamine sulphate so you know what’s what. So whether you’ve seen gels, supplements or patches, read on to learn about glucosamine sulphate.  For those who suffer from arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, glucosamine sulfate is one of the best researched supplements available.

Understanding Glucosamine Sulphate

Glucosamine is easy enough to understand as it is a naturally occurring substance, made up of sugar and protein. One of the leading roles glucosamine plays is in maintaining connective tissues, which is why the smooth working of the joints and glucosamine goes hand in hand together [1].

Sources of Glucosamine Sulphate

Vitamins such as vitamin C – which can be found in citrus fruits – can be found in various food sources. This is not true for glucosamine, which cannot be found in any major food sources. In fact, glucosamine supplements are generally made from chitin or the Aspergillus niger fungus. The fungus is a vegetarian option, as chitin is the hard outer shell of lobster, crab, and shrimp.
Glucosamine can also be found in a range of gels and patches for external use on the body as an alternative to taking orally.

Where to Find Glucosamine Sulphate

For those who have chosen to take glucosamine sulphate, the NHS has recommended taking 1500mg tablets of glucosamine sulphate for a trial period of around three months to gauge whether it is effective [2], although this time period will vary from one individual to another. Glucosamine sulphate supplements can be found at all good health shops in the UK, along with a range of gels and patches for alternative external use.

More Natural Remedies for arthritis

Editor’s note: If you have osteoarthritis and are considering trying a glucosamine supplement, make sure that you select one that contains glucosamine sulfate NOT glucosamine hydrocholoride. There is insufficient evidence that the hydrochloride salt of glucosamine is effective though it is often less expensive.

[1] University of Maryland Medical Center (2009). Osteoarthritis. http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_osteoarthritis_000035_1.htm

[2] NHS (2009). Osteoarthritis – Self Help. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteoarthritis/pages/self-help.aspx

[3] Natural Arthritis Remedies:  www.jarretmorrow.com/natural-remedies-arthritis-pain/


Haylee Hulme

Haylee Hulme writes a number of articles on health and fitness. These can vary from vitamins and minerals, to nutrition and exercise. She also loves getting feedback and interesting comments that can shape further guest posts in the future.

3 thoughts on “Learning About Glucosamine Sulphate

  • February 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I have early osteoarthritis in my left knee.How can GS help?

  • October 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks Haylee,

    I had both my knees reconstructed in my 20s and I can feel the beginnings of arthritis in my right one.

    Might be time to pick up a bottle of GS.

  • October 24, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Its true that normally it takes around 2-3 months but in my personal experience, 1 month of glucosamine treatment gives us results in more than 90% cases. The remaining may not really have deficient glucosamine and some other reason may be a major cause for their arthritis.

    Dr Gauresh


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