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Glucosamine is a substance that is made naturally in your body and is found in your joints. It is made up from sugar (glucose) and an amine group (NH2) and is found in structures associated with healthy working joints.
Glucosamine is needed by the body to manufacture molecules called glycosaminoglycans, found in cartilage. One of the main benefits of glucosamine is to keep cartilage tissue lubricated.Glucosamine is available in a variety of chemical forms such as glucosamine hydrochloride and glucosamine sulphate and is used to promote good joint health. It is not present in significant amounts in everyday diets; good sources can be derived from the chitin (shell extract) of shrimp, lobster and crab and glucosamine supplements.
For a more detailed explanation of glucosamine please read our article What is Glucosamine? What is it used for?