Natural Health Products and Medication
Natural Health Products and Medication


Scientific name:  Non applicable
Synonyms:  none

Part(s) used

Non applicable


Principal constituents

Shellfish exoskeletons

Recognized therapeutic effects

  • Relieves pain and inflammation related to osteoarthritis or other joint conditions
  • Inhibits the process of joint degeneration
  • Stimulates synthesis of cartilage around the joints

Traditional use

  • None


All types of glucosamine

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Allergy to shellfish

Glucosamine sulphate with salt (tablets contain at least 12% NaCl)

  • Salt-free diet
  • Allergy to sulphates

Glucosamine sulphate without salt, but with potassium sulphate (KCl )

  • People following a potassium-free diet, especially those suffering from serious kidney disorders

N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG)

  • In this form, glucosamine is both salt-and sulphate-free, making it the formula most suitable for those suffering from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

D-Glucosamine HCl

  • In this form, glucosamine contains neither salt, KCl, nor sulphur

Drug interactions

  • None documented

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