This nutrient is recommended for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis in large dogs, dogs active in sports or in ageing cats and dogs. Used as a proplylaxic measure, glucosamine may help limit cartilage degeneration in joints.
Glucosamine enters into the composition of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are base components in the formation of joint cartilage.
Glucosamine is one of the main substances involved in the elaboration of joint cartilage and contributes to its elasticity. Its main action consists of stimulating the formation of new cartilage. Hence it acts in perfect conjunction with glucosamine that inhibits the destruction of older cartilage.
Glucosamine has minor anti-inflammatory effects. The administration of glucosamine is also effective against interstitial cystitis in cats. The mucosa of the bladder is covered by a protective layer of GAGs.
It is found in the cartilage of numerous animals. It can be easily extracted from the shell, which is rich in chitin, of some crustaceans (e.g. shrimp).