Glucosamine Sulphate with Vitamin C
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Each bottle contains 180 capsules of 750 mg glucosamine sulphate (595 mg base) and 6 mg vitamin C. The recommended dose is 2 capsules per day (1500 mg), based on successful scientific studies. One bottle lasts three months with this dosage.
This product contains the following ingredients:
(Glucosamine is harvested from the shells of shellfish, especially prawn and crab.)
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The effect of the supplement is generally noticed within a month, but may be noticeable even sooner, such as within a week; on the other hand, it may take up to six months for effects to be noticed. This differs for each individual.
The protection lasts for some time after one stops taking it. After this period, however, the protection dwindles. Most people, therefore, take glucosamine without interruption.
There are no indications that uninterrupted use of this supplement would cause more side effects than the slight side effects that some people experience during the first weeks they take it.
Correct, high dosage
Glucosamine sulphate is frequently taken in doses that are too low.
1500 mg per day is an effective dose. A provider which does not have a strong knowledge of the product glucosamine sulphate will not know that it is stabilised with a salt. If he fails to take this into account, he will supply 1500 mg including the salt. After deducting the salt, only 24% at most will remain, which is too low a quantity.
The recommended usage is 2 capsules a day. You can take them at the same time or twice a day, as you wish. It is preferable, however, to take the capsules at meal times or with plenty of water.
Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Nutritional supplements should not be used as a replacement for a balanced diet.
Do you have difficulty swallowing capsules? You can open the capsules by pulling the two halves apart. The contents may be mixed with water. The powder dissolves readily. After stirring, only a small amount of magnesium stearate is left over.
Glucosamine can enhance the effect of anticoagulants containing coumarin. If you are taking these medicines we recommend you first discuss the use with your doctor.
Glucosamine can affect the effectiveness of some antibiotics; it can strengthen or lessen the effect. We recommend not using this supplement and antibiotics at the same time.
Allergy to shellfish:
Glucosamine is harvested from the shells of shellfish. Some people are allergic to the flesh of shellfish. Even though the flesh is removed prior to using the shell, an allergic reaction cannot be completely excluded.
We advise diabetics to check their blood sugar levels regularly once they start to take the supplement. Another option is to choose another supplement (like Asu Forte). Neither chondroitin nor ASU Forte has an impact on insulin sensitivity.
Increased Eye Pressure (glaucoma):
Should you suffer from glaucoma, do not use glucosamine. The vegetarian ASU Forte is a good alternative.
Hypersensitivity of the stomach and digestive system:
Minor side effects that some people experience are generally related to hypersensitivity of the stomach and digestive system. In these cases nausea and excessive gastric acid are usually involved. Less frequently, constipation or even diarrhoea can occur. Generally nausea and excessive gastric acid can be prevented by taking the supplement with one or two glasses of water or by eating something at the same time.
It seems that a small number of people react with an increase in cholesterol levels. Once they stop taking it, the cholesterol levels fall again.
Restricted potassium diet:
Glucosamine sulphate is stabilised with potassium chloride. The dose for one day (2 capsules) contains 268 mg of potassium. This is a little more than the quantity of potassium in half of a banana or 4 slices of whole grain bread. In the case of individuals with seriously impaired kidney function a higher intake of potassium can, however, have adverse effects. Individuals taking drugs to reduce potassium levels should restrict their potassium intake.
Do not use this supplement if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. The supplement has an extremely favourable safety profile, but no studies have been conducted that exclude possible adverse effects on the (unborn) child.
Use by younger people:
The use by children and young adults is not advised. A fundamental point is that glucosamine sulphate supplements should not be started before the body is fully grown. ‘Fully grown’ is taken to mean both skeletal development and hormonal development. The reason that we recommend this is that no studies have been conducted regarding the safety of this supplement for children and young adults.