Why Two Types of Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is an important supplement for the maintenance and health of joints. It keeps cartilage healthy and may help repair damaged cartilage. Integricare products use two types of glucosamine, ensuring the unique benefits of each are available.

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Glucosamine acts to repair cartilage by contributing the necessary building blocks to its formation. Glucosamine is necessary for the production of substance called glycosaminoglycans which combines with hyaluronic acid to create proteoglycans. Proteoglycans and collagen are the main components of cartilage.

  • Glucosamine Hydrochloride: Glucosamine HCl is a highly bio-available form of glucosamine. This means it is absorbs readily and is extremely efficient. This is attributed to the fact that it is naturally stable and does not require sodium chloride (an extra ion) to stabilize it. This means it is a slightly more pure form and effective in delivering glucosamine to the body.
  • Glucosamine Sulfate: While providing additional support for cartilage repair within the joint matrix, glucosamine sulphate also contributes to the production of collagen within the body. Collagen is one of the three components that make up cartilage and is extremely important in joint health.

These properties help maintain stride length, mobility and overall performance while also supporting the joint capsule as it absorbs and dissipates shock and impact.

Chondroitin Sulphate

Chondroitin is also necessary for the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans. But more importantly it inhibits and neutralizes destructive enzymes in the joint. In doing this, chondroitin acts to prevent the breakdown of cartilage.

When injury or abnormal wear occurs, there is an increased presence of destructive enzymes and cartilage deterioration is accelerated. This increases the importance of supplementing to improve overall dietary completeness.

Studies show that supplementing glucosamine and chondroitin together enhance the efficacy of both components individually. This synergistic effect when pairing chondroitin with glucosamine provides the added benefit of further supporting, strengthening and repairing cartilage.


MSM is an organic sulfur-containing compound found naturally in plants and animals. It is a powerful antioxidant and provides whole-body pain and inflammatory relief.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is present in every cell of the body. It is important that oral supplementation closely resembles the molecular structure of what is produced at the cellular level. This is why the molecular weight of H.A. used in our formulations is species-specific for maximal availability.

Within the joint, hyaluronic acid works to increase the supply and viscosity of synovial fluid. A main precursor to joint degeneration and arthritis is a lack of synovial fluid to properly encapsulate and lubricate the joint. When the joint lacks proper lubrication, friction between cartilage and bone occurs, leading to pain, inflammation and decreased resistance to compressive forces.

By supplementing daily with hyaluronic acid, the synovial fluid within the joint capsule is replenished. As a result, the joint structure remains lubricated promoting fluidity of movement and optimal performance.

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