Glucosamine for Tennis Player’s Joints

Glucosamine helps soothe the joints that get daily wear and tear from an active lifestyle or by being overweight. Whether it’s our neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, spine, hips, knees, or ankles—our joints (or connecting tissue) need support to maintain and improve our mobility and flexibility.

This compound is found naturally in the body. It is made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. The body's natural supply of this substance is used to make and repair joint cartilage (rubbery material that cushions joints), but its production slows down with age. Taking this ingredient as a nutritional supplement is important for our joints.

Augmenting the body's supply of this compound can help strengthen, protect, and rebuild damaged cartilage. Supplementation is widely used for osteoarthritis, especially knee osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis the cartilage becomes stiff and loses its elasticity. This makes the joint prone to damage and may lead to pain, swelling, loss of movement, and further deterioration.

This substance is one of the most common non-vitamin and non-mineral natural supplements used as a complementary or alternative medicine. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper are important ingredients to maximize its effectiveness in the body.

These vitamins and minerals work together to give proper maintenance of connective and shock-absorbing tissues. They also protect the joints from harmful free radicals that accelerate the breakdown of connective tissues. Glucosamine can enhance the lubrication and padding in the joint, especially when combined with these vitamins and minerals. For more information about this supplement, please contact me. I always enjoy talking about nutrition and health.

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