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    Nial Wheate & Joanna Harnett
    February 13 2020

    The Australian Rheumatology Association this week warned people not to take the supplement glucosamine for their osteoarthritis due to possible allergic side-effects.

    What’s the evidence behind this latest advice? And do you really need to stop taking it?

    How did we get here?
    For years, glucosamine has been marketed as a treatment for osteoarthritis, which can occur when the protective cartilage in the joints wears down over time.
    This is despite conflicting evidence on whether the supplement works. Yet many patients may buy glucosamine, presuming that even if it doesn’t help, at least it’s “natural” and so won’t do any harm.


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    Default Re: Glucosamine For Arthritiis - New Advice to Stop?

    My very wise doctor recommended it and I have heard from people who have benefited from it, but only from particular brands. I've tried several and nothing has had any effect on me — no allergies but no relief either.
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    263 of the 336 cases reported over 11 years involved allergies. I suspect almost all these folks had seafood allergies, and reacted to glucosamine, which is made from prawn shells and other crustaceans. I don't see any cause for alarm in taking glucosamine or chondroitin, unless you have seafood allergies.

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    Default Re: Glucosamine For Arthritiis - New Advice to Stop?

    The only thing that I might add is that glucosamine HCl is cheaper, but is almost completely ineffective. Check to see that the supplement that is being considered is glucosamine sulfate.

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    Didn't work for me, and my pharmacist told me it can take a long time to be effective.

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    I tried it once, when I had a severe flare-up of arthritis pain on a trip. I couldn't see that it helped. But, as I've mentioned already here on HH, once I discovered how boron helped me almost miraculously, I've continued taking it daily. I don't even have to buy expensive supplements that are less bio-available than making my own boron solution with pure borax and water.

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    Pattypans, does your solution reduce the swelling and inflammation in the joints, or does it merely relieve pain?
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    Boron's strong "anti-inflammatory" properties make it beneficial not only for arthritis, but a host of other inflammation-driven illnesses. Raisins are loaded with boron, almost 5 mg. in 2/3 cup. I eat a 2 tablespoons almost everyday in my oatmeal. Other "excellent" food sources of boron are: almonds, hazelnuts, apricots, peanut butter, brazil nuts, & walnuts. Foods with lesser amounts of boron, but still a "good" source are: red kidney beans, prunes, raw cashew nuts, & dates. See other foods containing some boron here: https://www.algaecal.com/algaecal-in...boron-sources/

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    Wow, most of those are among my favorite foods! I'm going to go right now and put together a trail mix of those ingredients!
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    Lol. Go easy on that trail mix!! Those nutrient-dense nuts and sugary raisins & dates will definitely add weight over time.

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    Yessir! I bagged the mix and put it next to my computer. That was a mistake I will not repeat!
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    Doesn't joint sulphur compound MSM powder (methylsulfonylmethane) apply here for joint problems??? I've been taking 1/2 tspn of MSM every morning for over 10 years now, but can't remember what got me going on the MSM in the first place, other than to say it was probably a preventative measure for joint health, and at 74 Y.O. I don't recall ever having any joint problems.
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    grulla, you're right on about MSM. It's excellent for joint pain and a host of other benefits, like better skin and reduced systemic inflammation, and a boost in glutathione--the master antioxidant for fighting free radicals. Having taken it for over 10 yrs. may help to explain why you've not had any joint problems.

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    How do you disguise the awful taste? I tried taking it a few years ago and just can't hack it.

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    What form does it come in, that you should taste it? Is it a tablet, a capsule, a liquid, something chewy?
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