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What Are the Effects of Taking Glucosamine?

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  • Glucosamine is one of the components of cartilage, a tissue essential for proper joint function
  • Published data show that glucosamine may provide some benefit, but don’t solely rely on it. Other methods are available to help treat joint-related pain
  • Learn about the basics of glucosamine, its uses and what you should consider before taking this supplement

In an article published by Consumer Reports, the Nutrition Business Journal reported that Americans spent $753 million dollars in 2012 on glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, “in an attempt to relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis.” In August 2019, Acumen Research and Consulting reported that the market for these supplements will reach $1.5 billion by 2026.

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