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Old 03-17-07, 03:37 PM   #1
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Glucosamine...

Glucosamine as a dietary suppliment is extracted from the shell of shelfish and from cartilage of animals. So, is there a "food" source that is more edible then the aforementioned items? And is it wise to consume glucosamine as a preventative suppliment?

Background: I injured my knee & hip many (20) years ago and occasionally notice very slight pain in my knee when mashing away. It is not frequent, nor persistent but it is enough that I notice and then take it easy for the rest of that ride. I have a terrible suspicion that I will develop arthritis some day becasue of these high impact activities and would like to delay that as long as possible. At age 30, I run, play soccer, cycle and swim and I notice it most when cycling and occasionally running.

The injury was hyperextending a tendon and I don't think this has anything to do with cartilage nor arthritis, but out of ignorance I am wondering...can consuming glucosamine prior to arthritic onset be able to prevent that pain from occuring (as severe)?

(Preempt: I will be asking my doctor, nevertheless, answers here can help guide that conversation and help my questions be more focused...)

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Old 03-17-07, 09:38 PM   #2
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Ask your doctor if he is aware of the 2006 study on glucosamine and chondritin. This was apparently the best designed of several studies conducted in the past 7 or 8 years and showed little, if any, benefit over a placebo in patients who already had arthritis.

Whether these substances can help prevent joint deterioration is a good question. I suspect that no reputable study has been done (or completed) at this time. You're probably on your own.
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I take glucosamine chondroitin and it works for me, a while back I went about a month without taking it and my knees would hurt and "pop" every time I extended my leg out. Although most glucosamine is from shellfish you can find sources from plants. I consider myself vegan but I do take the glucosamine that is derived from the shellfish. I bought about a years supply 6 months ago before I knew that plant sources existed, when my animal-derived supply runs out I'm gonna buy the plant derived source and see how that compares.

I can honestly say that I think Glucosamine Chondroitin is great for people with knee problems. I'd be crawling around on the ground (or driving) if it didn't exist!
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Ask your doctor if he is aware of the 2006 study on glucosamine and chondritin. This was apparently the best designed of several studies conducted in the past 7 or 8 years and showed little, if any, benefit over a placebo in patients who already had arthritis.
..yeah, I heard about this. Nevertheless, there are people, like gqsmothie, that swared by it. Just thought I'd throw out a line.

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