Before explaining what glucosamine is and how it can help us improve joint pain, we believe it is necessary to mention that it is related to the musculoskeletal system. The locomotive system, also mentioned, is made up of organs that include the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and other connective tissues that work together to provide shape, warmth, protection, and support to vital organs, as well as stability and movement to the body.
The musculoskeletal system plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis, since as part of its structural and protective function, it is the largest reservoir of minerals and other substances used by other systems to carry out their functions. Furthermore, it is responsible for the production of blood cells, which are necessary for the immune system and the transport of oxygen and nutrients through the blood.
What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is found naturally in the body, but its amount decreases with age. It is part of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid. These last two have a shock-absorbing function, avoiding friction in the joints and therefore also avoiding pain and stiffness. Glucosamine supplements can increase the amount of cartilage and synovial fluid and prevent the deterioration of these substances by inhibiting proteolytic enzymes and decreasing substances that destroy cartilage. Glucosamine also has an anti-inflammatory action.
Synergy with other ingredients
There are a number of ingredients that, in synergy with glucosamine, can substantially improve the joint system.
Silicon or tabashar bamboo is collected from the nodes of the bamboo stem and is one of the richest natural sources of silica. Although silicon occurs in very small amounts in the human body, it must be ingested. Silicon, which decreases as we age, improves the formation and elasticity of the tendons and musculotendinous layers of muscles and arteries. In addition, it helps the absorption and function of minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, among others, and the recalcification of bones, so it can be useful against osteoporosis.
To sum up, it stimulates the synthesis of collagen and facilitates the reconstitution of cartilage as well as having a re-mineralizing effect.
Turmeric is a plant frequently used as a condiment, mainly in curry. However, traditionally it has also been used for medical purposes to treat different pathologies. Curcumin , a component of turmeric, regulates important proteins such as transcription factors, receptors and enzymes involved in bone remodeling, for this reason it is observed that doses of curcumin have a positive effect on bone remodeling and improvement of the mechanical resistance of the bone. In addition to its positive effects on bone mineralization, curcumin is also effective in reducing pain caused by osteoarthritis due to its ability to reduce inflammation. In the case of rheumatic arthritis, it seems that curcumin could help reduce some of the symptoms.
MSM or methylsulfonylmethane , thanks to its 34% sulfur content, mitigates pain in inflammatory processes in joints, tendons, synovial bursa, intervertebral disc and other muscular and motor system processes. Helps to reconstitute the concentration of sulfur promoting wound healing and regeneration of joint cartilage. It is a highly bioavailable source of sulfur.
Finally, Chondroitin is a polysaccharide that has a multitude of negative charges on its surface that repel each other, attracting cations and water. In this way it has a tendency to occupy a large volume and expand after compression, being a perfect filler for the support structures of the organism.
It has been shown to have beneficial effects on the progression of osteoarthritis and its combination with glucosamine significantly reduces pain in joint diseases.
Last but not least, a good health does not depend on a single thing but on a 360º approach, so we must not forget to take care of our diet and rest, as well as exercise and movement (biologically we are designed for movement so that we should try to take at least 10,000 steps every day).