Re: Association of habitual glucosamine use with risk of cardiovascular disease: supports the use of glucosamine as a nutritional agent
This study supports the use of glucosamine for preventing and treating cardiovascular problems in nutritional therapy. Theoretically, in cases of glucosamine deficiency, whether due to diet or underative enzyme activity, dietary supplements can be expected to improve the structure of tissues containing glycoproteins, glycolipids, and glycosaminoglycans. These tissues include the tendons, ligaments, cartilage, synovial fluid, mucous membranes, structures in the eye, blood vessels, and heart valves.
Notably, glucosamine is present in the proteoglycan aggregates which are important for the elasticity of cartilage. Cartilage is found in the heart, aorta and arteries and so is crucial for cardiovascular function. Two questions:
1) Is there a relationship between joint problems and disorders of similar tissues such as the cardiovascular system?
2) Should glucosamine be classified as a nutrient or an anti-inflammatory agent?
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