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FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

What Are Dietary Supplements & Their Health Benefits

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It mainly affects middle-aged and older people, involving the neck, lower back, knees, hips & fingers. Treatment aimed at control of pain using NSAIDs and physiotherapy. Conventional medicines do not prevent the progression of osteoarthritis. Natural supplements like glucosamine and methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) have gained importance as a better alternative for the prevention of osteoarthritis progression.

The main component of ligaments, tendons, cartilages and spinal discs is collagen. These are also rich in proteoglycans, which are 95% glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and 5% protein. These GAGs act as a framework for collagen to model onto, and consequently are responsible along with collagen for continuously building and rebuilding ligaments, tendons, cartilages and spinal discs. The major precursor in GAG production is glucosamine, which is the rate-limiting step and hence supplement, especially after tissue injury, helps the body to speed up the synthesis of GAGs and consequently new connective tissue.

 

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