A dietary supplement is a product that you take to help you get the right kind of nutrition that you don't always get through your diet. There are many different types of supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs or amino acids and sugars. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is found in the fluid around your joints. It is thought to help to maintain healthy joints. Levels of glucosamine are thought to decrease as people get older. Glucosamine is sometimes used to help ease joint pain. It is most commonly used to help people with osteoarthritis and has been most studied for that benefit. Osteoarthritis usually is found in the knees, hips, neck, hands, and lower back because those joints are used frequently. Some people turn to glucosamine supplements to help with the pain because there is currently no cure for this disease. Glucosamine has also been used to help with pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is found in your jaw. There are also some people who think that glucosamine can be used to help with low back pain, allergies, and sports injuries but there are no studies that prove these claims.
Available Kinds of Glucosamine Supplements
Walgreens offers a wide selection of glucosamine supplements to meet your needs. There are some products that add chondroitin to glucosamine in order to offer more benefit to you. Glucosamine supplements are made to be easy to take. Walgreens offers packets, caplets, drink mixes, capsules, and soft gels. Glucosamine is also available in ready-to-drink form or as packets that you mix with water to make it easy for you to take at a time that is best for you. Many people find that the best time to take glucosamine is at their mealtime since taking glucosamine supplements on an empty stomach may lead to some stomach pain. You should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting a supplement. Make sure that you talk about any medical issue that you may have. You should always tell your doctor or pharmacist about any prescriptions, over the counter medicines or other supplements that you take regularly. When you are ready to begin taking glucosamine supplements, Walgreens has the best kind to meet your needs.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.