Medically reviewed on Jun 7, 2018
What is Glucosamine?
Chitin is found in yeasts, fungi, arthropods, and various marine invertebrates as a major structural component of the exoskeleton. It also occurs in other animals and members of the plant kingdom.
What is it used for?
Glucosamine has been investigated extensively for its action in osteoarthritis. However, there is a lack of consensus in clinical trials regarding its efficacy.
What is the recommended dosage?
In clinical studies of arthritis, glucosamine dosage has typically been 1.5 g/day, as a single dose or in divided doses.
No absolute contraindications have been identified.
Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking.
None well documented.
Glucosamine is generally considered safe. Use caution when administering to people with poorly controlled diabetes.
Studies of induced mutations are limited and conflicting.