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Many people buy glucosamine from Holland and Barrett as a way to protect their joints. Holland and Barrett have established themselves as one of Britain's biggest retail outlets for vitamins and health supplements, both online, and in the high street.

What they offer :

Glucosamine is sold by Holland and Barrett in various formats. It is a naturally occurring substance that is used by the body to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.

As we age, the body gradually produces less and less glucosamine, and many people therefore use this nutritional supplement as a way to protect or improve the health of their joints. It is also popular with athletes, and with those recovering from injuries or surgery to the joints.

Glucosamine can either be taken by itself, or in combination with chondroitin sulfate, a molecule found in cartilage which is believed to help cartilage remain elastic, and also to protect it from enzyme damage.

Does it work:

Despite the scepticism of many doctors, there is a growing body of evidence to support the effectiveness of these supplements. Many patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee report a reduction in both pain and other symptoms from using this supplement.

In addition, the Archives of Internal Medicine examined people with osteoarthritis over a three year period. They found that those who were given 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate a day had a significant reduction in pain and stiffness, and showed no sign of narrowing of joint spaces in the knees (a sign of deterioration) when compared to a control group who received a placebo.


Glucosamine is a popular supplement, well worth considering for anyone who suffers from osteoarthritis of the knee, or from chronic cartilage problems.

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