What is the difference between Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine Complex?
Glucosamine Complex contains three different forms of glucosamine: glucosamine sulfate, n-acetyl-d-glucosamine, and glucosamine HCl in addition to vitamin C and manganese. Some healthcare professionals feel that this provides broad-spectrum joint support not achieved with Glucosamine Sulfate alone. Glucosamine Sulfate remains the most well-researched form of glucosamine. Individual results may vary.
What is the difference between glucosamine HCl and glucosamine sulfate?
Glucosamine sulfate is a form of glucosamine that is easily absorbed and has been extensively studied. Potassium chloride is added to provide product stability. Some professionals believe that their clients may experience enhanced joint support from the sulfate and potassium that this particular form provides. Glucosamine HCl is believed to be a slightly more stable form of glucosamine and has been only recently studied for joint support. Both have been shown to support joint health. Individual results may vary.
How do I know which joint support product to choose?
For the most part, this may involve some experimentation. There is no easy way to determine which product might be the most beneficial for each individual. Products that provide important building blocks include Glucosamine Sulfate, Collagen JS, MSM, Glucosamine/MSM with joint comfort herbs, Glucosamine Chondroitin with manganese, Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM, and Glucosamine Complex. Support for joint comfort and the tissues that surround the joint include EPA/DHA essentials, Boswellia, Glucosamine/MSM with joint comfort herbs, Ligament Restore, Systemic Enzyme Complex, Ginger, and Curcumin. Individual results may vary.
Can someone take your sulfate products (e.g. glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate) if they’re allergic to sulfa drugs?
Absolutely. A sulfa drug is any of a class of synthetic chemical substances derived from sulfanilamide and used to treat bacterial infections. These drugs inhibit the action of para-aminobenzoic acid, a substance bacteria need in order to reproduce. Glucosamine sulfate is not a sulfa drug. It is an amino sugar naturally found in cartilage matrix. As a dietary supplement, it promotes optimal joint health. Individual results may vary.
Can someone take glucosamine sulfate if they’re allergic to shellfish?
Most of our glucosamine products are sourced from the chitin (hard shell) of crab and other shellfish. It may be best to avoid these products if you have an allergy. We do, however, have a shellfish-free Glucosamine HCl + Chondroitin, derived from corn fermentation.