Osteoarthritis, or Degenerative Joint Disease, affects more than 40 million Americans, including 80% of people over the age of 50. Doctors and researchers believe that Osteoarthritis is the cumulative effects of decades of use and abuse that leads to these degenerative changes in our joints.
The damage is compounded by our decreased ability to repair these joint structures as we get older. Specifically, the body’s ability to restore and manufacture cartilage decreases as we get older. Most affected by Osteoarthritis are the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, hands, and spine. In arthritic joints, the body’s natural “cushioning” material, cartilage, is destroyed and bone spurs begin to form causing pain and inflammation. The onset of Osteoarthritis can be very subtle; morning joint stiffness is often the first symptom. As the disease progresses, the pain and inflammation worsens and there is reduce range of motion in the effected joint.
Glucosamine Sulfate is an essential building block for the strength and integrity of joint structures, and it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. In the body, the main action of Glucosamine Sulfate is to stimulate the manufacture of cartilage components which can actually help accelerate the repair of damaged joint components. This therapeutic action of Glucosamine Sulfate has been confirmed in studies spanning nearly three decades. But there is much more.
Glucosamine Sulfate has also been shown to have a protective effect against joint destruction and when given orally, Glucosamine Sulfate is absorbed by joint tissues to lend a powerful therapeutic effect in Osteoarthritis. Numerous double-blind studies have shown that Glucosamine Sulfate is as good as or even better than NSAIDS in relieving the pain and inflammation of Osteoarthritis. While NSAIDS offer purely symptomatic relief and may actually promote the progression of the disease, Glucosamine Sulfate addresses the cause of Osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine Sulfate not only improves the symptoms of pain and inflammation, but it also helps the body repair the damaged joints. This is a truly outstanding function of this natural compound, but what is even more important is the safety and lack of side effects associated with traditional Osteoarthritis treatments which are often significant and sometime life-threatening.
The beneficial results of Glucosamine Sulfate become more obvious the longer it is used. Because Glucosamine Sulfate is not a pain relieving substance per se, it takes a while longer to produce results. But once it starts working, it will produce better results compared to NSAIDS and other traditional Osteoarthritis treatments. For example, in one study that compared Glucosamine Sulfate to ibuprofen (Motrin), pain scores deceased faster in the first two weeks in the ibuprofen group; however by week four, the Glucosamine Sulfate group was doing significantly better than the ibuprofen.