What is the best Glucosamine for you?

Author: Emily Seddon   Date Posted:4 March 2016 

Glucosamine may assist in the management of osteoarthritis and may help to relieve joint pain, inflammation and swelling. It may also help improve joint mobility. There are so many glucosamine options that finding the most suitable one for you may be like searching for a needle in a haystack! But don’t worry, we’re here to lend a helping hand.

Glucosamine Sulfate has been identified in a 2005 Cochrane Review as the most effective form of glucosamine for osteoarthritic symptoms. The recommended dose for symptomatic relief of osteoarthritis is 1500mg of Glucosamine Sulfate per day.

There are 2 forms of Glucosamine Sulfate used at Australian NaturalCare:

Glucosamine Sulfate - Potassium Chloride:

As the name suggests, this form contains potassium and may interfere with some medications, including blood pressure medications. It’s also sourced from seafood, which may not be suitable for those with allergies or who are following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Glucosamine Sulfate - Sodium Chloride:

For people unable to take products with potassium, Glucosamine Sulfate - Sodium Chloride provides a potassium-free alternative. People taking blood pressure medication may find this form of glucosamine is suitable to take in conjunction with their medication, but please always check with your doctor first before taking any new supplements.

Our Glucosamine Sulfate - Sodium Chloride is derived from fermented corn, remaining suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those with an allergy to shellfish.

For specific advice on which product is suitable for you, please visit your healthcare provider.

A quick guide to Australian NaturalCare's Glucosamine Products.

Vegetarian Glucosamine PLUS:

  • Each tablet contains Glucosamine Sulfate 500mg + pain relieving herbs: Boswellia and Ginger.
  • It also contains vitamin C to help protect the joints and helps with the healthy formation and maintenance of cartilage.
  • Recommended dose: 3 tablets per day.
  • Contains 100% vegetarian Glucosamine – Glucosalive.

Suitable for: people with seafood allergies, vegetarians, vegans, potassium-free diets

Flexicare Glucosamine & Chondroitin:

  • Each tablet contains Glucosamine Sulfate 750mg with 400mg of Chondroitin Sulphate + cofactors.
  • Chondroitin has been included in this formulation to help attract fluid into the cartilage and is used by the body as a fundamental building block of new cartilage.
  • Recommended dose: 2-3 tablets per day.
  • Contains potassium, derived from seafood.

Suitable for: people wanting to combine two joint-active ingredients

Glucosamine 1500mg One-A-Day Healthy Joints 90 Tablets

Glucosamine 1500 One-A-Day:

  • Each tablet contains 1500mg of Glucosamine Sulfate.
  • Recommended dose: 1 tablet per day.
  • Contains potassium, derived from seafood.

Suitable for: people wanting to keep their tablet intake low and just take one glucosamine tablet a day.

Healthy Joints:

  • Each capsule contains Glucosamine Sulfate 750mg + cofactors.
  • Recommended dose: 2-3 tablets per day.
  • Contains potassium, derived from seafood.

Suitable for: people wanting extra joint support from added nutrients.

Glucosamine + Fish Oil:

  • Each tablet contains Glucosamine Sulfate 500mg with Fish Oil 500mg.
  • This combination of Glucosamine & Fish Oil is formulated to assist in the management of osteoarthritis.
  • Recommended dose: 3 capsules per day.

Suitable for: the convenience of taking fish oil & Glucosamine together.

Healthy Joints Cream for Pain Relief:

  • Each gram of cream contains Glucosamine Sulfate 30mg with Capsicum (chilli).
  • Healthy Joints Cream for Pain Relief can be used topically in conjunction with or without oral supplements used for osteoarthritis.
  • For best results apply 3-4 times daily.

Suitable for: localised, topical relief, in addition to/ alternative for tablets

Written by Emily Seddon
Emily Seddon

Emily (BHSc Naturopathy) is a qualified naturopath with a love of science. Growing up with a hippy mum and dad, Emily grew used to thinking outside the box for her own health. She has since completed a degree in Health Science, majoring in Naturopathy, combining that passion for healthy living with scientific and traditional evidence to help others to live happy and healthy lives.

She loves using herbal and nutritional medicine to treat ailments and lives by the philosophy of "there is no such thing as too much tea."

  • Each gram of cream contains Glucosamine Sulfate 30mg with Capsicum (chilli).
  • Healthy Joints Cream for Pain Relief can be used topically in conjunction with or without oral supplements used for osteoarthritis.
  • For best results apply 3-4 times daily.