Glucosamine is a compound found naturally in the body, made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.
Production of glucosamine slows with age.
Older runners complain of stiff joints that are inelastic. This makes the joint prone to damage and may lead to pain, swelling, loss of movement, and further deterioration.
If a joint pain is taking long to heal a glucosamine supplement might help to speed up healing.
Taking glucosamine as a nutritional supplement is thought to help repair damaged cartilage by augmenting the body’s supply of glucosamine.
Like other drugs and supplements glucosamine has its share side effects
Side effects may include drowsiness, headache, insomnia, and mild and temporary digestive complaints such as abdominal pain, poor appetite, nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Like all supplements, they work best when taken under supervision of your qualified medical Doctor