Scientific: Not a herb or spice [WikiPedia]
sulfate is a popular derivative of glucosamine which has been proven
very efficient in fighting arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, disc
degeneration or hip dysplasia in canines. Glucosamine comes in many
forms, but the most efficient in relieving arthritis associated
discomfort are glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride.
Glucosamine is obtained from crustacean exoskeletons
or, rarely, from grains (corn, wheat); the substance is also to be
found in the composition of joint cartilages. Clinical trials have shown
that glucosamine sulfate has the best results in treating arthritis in
dogs, when compared to other glucosamine forms. Glucosamine sulfate
works better in tall breeds. Glucosamine can also be used as
preventative treatment for joint conditions.
Common Uses: The most
commonly used type of glucosamine for joint pain and joint conditions is
glucosamine sulfate, as it is easily absorbed and processed into the
body and passed into the joints. Glucosamine sulfate stimulates the
production of glycosamine glycans in the dog’s cartilage which are
actually nutrients that stimulate the cartilage formation.
There are three common forms of glucosamine supplements:
Glucosamine Hydrocholride vs Glucosamine Sulfate
Some research suggests that Glucosamine sulfate is
more effective at alleviating osteoarthritis symptoms because it is more
bio-available, or most easily absorbed by the body compared to
hydrochloride supplements. Other studies however suggest that
Glucosamine hydrochloride supplements are more concentrated, and are
absorbed more rapidly in the gastrointestinal tract than other
Glucosamine supplements. A third school of thought holds that
Glucosamine supplements are most effective only when they are taken
along with chondroitin supplements.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.