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Using Glucosamine For Joint Pain And Stiffness

Using Glucosamine For Joint Pain And Stiffness

Arthritis is a common condition that impacts millions of people around the world. It causes inflammation and pain in the joints.

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There has been a lot of research into arthritis, and there will continue to be. Recently, we have seen some interesting studies regarding rheumatoid arthritis and microRNA (miRNA). This is something that has been studied in-depth since 2008, when miR-155 and miR-146a were reported to be incorporated in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, there have been investigations further into identifying the key MiRNA in rheumatoid arthritis pathology.

In terms of what you can do now, though, Glucosamine has been known to prevent degeneration of cartilage in joints. This is especially true for joints that are affected by osteoarthritis. It is also known to reduce pain in situations where joints are overused, such as sports and other activities, which sometimes can lead to tendinitis. 

Glucosamine is an alternative medicine that is usually consumed orally in tablet form. However, glucosamine gel, when rubbed over the joints, penetrates the skin faster, ensuring a larger quantity of glucosamine reaches the joints than when ingested via the oral route. The supplement is combined with a type of oil that blends easily with the skin, usually menthol oil, to produce a quick-penetrating gel. This gel is often also used in massages to reduce joint inflammation, as well as relieving pains and stiffness. It also helps in promoting joint health through strengthening of surrounding musculature, tendons, and tissues. 

Regular massages with this gel have shown to reduce inflammation, stiffness, and pain markedly, and have prevented further progression of osteoarthritis in already affected joints. It is known to work best if coupled with the ingestion of oral supplementation over a period of time, though supplementation and massage can be continued over an extended period in more acute cases. To get the best health results from this gel, it needs to be cooled in the refrigerator before application and then rubbed in thoroughly for approximately ten minutes a minimum of three to four times a day.

What even is glucosamine? Glucosamine Sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical that’s found in the human body. It is present in the fluid that is around the joints. The body uses it to produce a variety of other chemicals that are involved in building ligaments, tendons, cartilage and the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints. Cartilage cushions joints and the fluid that surrounds them (it’s the same way oil works for a door hinge). In people with joint problems, cartilage breaks down, becoming thin in the process. This is what causes joint pain, friction and stiffness. This is where the Glucosamine Sulfate in the Glucosamine Gel comes in. It does two things: it increases the cartilage and the synovial fluid, and it prevents the breakdown of the same substances. It gives you more lubrication in your joints, reducing pain and making movement easier. The gel also has the active ingredient Capsaicin, which works against chemical transmitters in the nerves of the skin that tell the brain that there’s a pain in the joint. The gel is popular as an alternative medicine to oral medication. It contains bioavailable n-acetyl glucosamine, which is an extremely absorbent form of glucosamine. That’s why it works fast. 

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