You may have heard of the supplement glucosamine, a readily available joint supplement that many take to help ease the discomfort of aching joints. However, new research suggests glucosamine’s anti-inflammatory properties could do more than relieve joint pain, as there is a link between glucosamine and heart benefits. According to recent research, the dietary supplement glucosamine may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The findings from the UK Biobank study were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and it revealed that glucosamine users are less likely to experience a stroke, heart disease, other cardiovascular conditions, or cardiovascular disease-related death.
466,039 participants without cardiovascular disease enrolled between 2006 and 2010 and completed a detailed health questionnaire on lifestyle choices and supplement use, in which nearly one in five stated that they have been taking glucosamine regularly. These participants were British women and men between the ages of 40 and 69 that were free of cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study. The study tracked the participants for an average of seven years and those taking glucosamine supplements habitually, it was associated with a 15% lower risk for any cardiovascular event, and a 9%-22% lower risk for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease deaths.
Study author Dr. Lu Qi, who is also the director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center in New Orleans, suggests that the reason for this reduction is due to glucosamine’s anti-inflammatory effects. Glucosamine may help reduce inflammation by mimicking the effect of a low-carbohydrate diet, which studies have suggested is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers also suggest that glucosamine supplements can lower the levels of C reactive protein in the blood, which may reduce inflammation.
At the Salerno Center, we use glucosamine intravenously both for the potential benefits for heart disease and arthritis and in oral vitamin form called Arthritis Factor. Contact us today for more information.
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