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Definition of Glucosamine

Definition: Glucosamine

Maybe you've heard of glucosamine before — something to do with arthritis, you think. Well, you're right, but there's a bit more to it than that.

Occurring naturally in the body, this little compound is composed of glucose and an amino acid called glutamine. Essential for the production of a molecule that helps repair cartilage, glucosamine also works wonders as an ingredient in anti-aging skin care products.

Since the amount of glucosamine production tapers off as we age (jeers), it's often used as a supplement for the relief of arthritis (cheers). Just as glucosamine promotes connective tissue regrowth in the joints, it also promotes tissue regrowth in the skin.

Used in skin care products, glucosamine encourages production of collagen, improving elasticity, making skin look smoother, firmer, and plumper. Another benefit? It also has somewhat of an exfoliating effect, reducing the appearance of age spots, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. I'm all for that.

Skin revitalization doesn't always come cheap. For a list of products with glucosamine,


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I was just looking in to get those supplements for my husbands joint problems, do they work if taken orally and not just topically.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
I take glucosamine supplements for my knees. Be nice if they were helping to keep my face looking young too!
gemsera gemsera 8 years
This stuff sounds great. I have really bad joints most of the time, and am headed for early arthritis in my hands, ankles and toes. Might try and find a remedy based on glucosamine. cheers :)
jspeed jspeed 8 years
there's a bottled drink out there with glucosamine and chondroitin (sp?) in it that is supposed to help with joint pain. I keep seeing commercials for it. I wonder if it works? I think it's called Elations...?
nals33 nals33 8 years
I take glucosamine sulfate twice a's for my knee though. I'd never heard about it until I read up on Baker's Cysts. But, I have to say, it definitely helps with knee inflammation..
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Thanks for the info! And the high-low.
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