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Easing Arthritis Symptoms with N-Acetyl Glucosamine

By February 11, 2013

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For relief of osteoarthritis (a chronic condition that affects more than 12 percent of the U.S. population), some people turn to a natural remedy known as N-acetyl glucosamine. A type of sugar that's chemically similar to glucosamine, N-acetyl glucosamine appears to offer anti-inflammatory benefits.

Although there is currently a lack of scientific studies testing the effects of N-acetyl glucosamine supplements on people with osteoarthritis, preliminary research indicates that N-acetyl glucosamine holds potential as an arthritis treatment. For example, some animal-based studies show that N-acetyl glucosamine may help curb arthritis-related inflammation and slow up the breakdown of cartilage.

For more help in alleviating osteoarthritis symptoms, consider using natural remedies like glucosamine, avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, or white willow bark. There's also some evidence that undergoing acupuncture or massage therapy may help soothe arthritis pain. Read the full article: N-Acetyl Glucosamine - What You Need to Know.

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