Making sure your joints are healthy and working properly should be one of the most important things for everyone. Whether you are a everyday lifter, or a weekend warrior making sure your joints are functioning optimally will allow you to exercise up to an old age. Taking glucosamine helps keep your joints lubricated and running in top shape for your active lifestyle.

Glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical found in the human body. It is in the fluid that is around joints. Glucosamine is also found in other places in nature. Glucosamine sulfate is commonly used for arthritis. Scientists have studied it extensively for this use. It is most often used for a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis the most common type of arthritis.

Research suggests that glucosamine reduces pain of osteoarthritis in the knee about as well as the over-the-counter pain reliever acetaminophen (Tylenol). It also seems to reduce pain about as much as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and piroxicam (Feldene). Glucosamine takes about 4 weeks to start working in your system. You can get glucosamine in pill and liquid form.