Glucosamine sulphate is an amino sugar formed from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Normally made by the digestive process, Glucosamine Sulphate is fundamental in all connective tissue manufacture. Connective tissue or collagen is rich in protoglycans, which are made up of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and protein. Glucosamine Sulphate is the main precursor in GAG production. Of the three commonly available forms of glucosamine, only glucosamine sulfate is given a “likely effective” rating for treating osteoarthritis.
It appears that as some animals age, like humans, they do not manufacture enough GAG, one of the major causes of osteoarthritis. Supplementation with orally administered Glucosamine Sulphate has been shown to be very beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Good diet is essential as is the need to maintain weight at normal or slightly below.
Non acidic vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to cartilage repair and manufacture.
B vitamins, especially Pantothenic Acid (B5) and Niacinamide (B3)
S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) is formed in the body by the amino acid methionine and adenosyl-triphosphate (ATP). SAM has been shown to be, like Glucosamine, essential to cartilage formation and joint integrity.
Herbs, including, Boswellia, Cats Claw, and Turmeric. have been shown to exert a notable anti-inflammatory effect upon arthritic joints, easing pain while Glucosamine starts to repair the joint.
Fish Oil, shown to be useful in treating arthritis. Exerts a mild anti-inflammatory effect.