Your questions about complementary medicines answered: Glucosamine

Sanne Kreijkamp-Kaspers*, Treasure McGuire, Suzanne Bedford, Peter Loadsman, Marie Pirotta, Geraldine Moses, Mieke L. van Driel

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What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is an amino acid and precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, which are structural components of cartilage. It is widely used to improve joint/bone health and osteoarthritis, although the evidence for its benefit is still limited.

Sales of glucosamine supplements had reached a volume of over US$2 billion worldwide in 2009. In a recent Australian health study, 17% of Australians over the age of 50 years reported using glucosamine in the previous 24 hours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-377
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


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