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Nature's Sunshine Products
A Structural System Strengthener
Nature's Sunshine's Glucosamine Sulfate includes Una de Gato, an herb that grows in the Peruvian rain forest, known for its anti-inflammatory activity that brings relief and healing to those suffering from arthritis. This woody vine has alkaloids which enhance the immune response and works very mildly without the side effects of medications. The formula is 400 mg. of glucosamine hydrochloride with 50 mg. of Una de Gato.
A natural compound made in the body, Glucosamine stimulates the growth of new cartilage, especially important to those needing more strength in their joints or wherever cartilage is found. At least one of its forms is also found in mucus, the body's own protective and cleansing liquid. Oral Glucosamine is readily absorbed into both the blood and cells. The molecule is very small, easily diffused, and water-soluble.
Since the discovery that Glucosamine stimulates repair of damaged cartilage, it has been administered by injection. It was determine amounts are equally effective. No more having to report to the hospital for "the needle."
Scientists at Nature's Sunshine wanted to present this nutritional aid with one more advantage - Una de Gato from highland rainforests of Peru. Known also as "cat's claw," the bark of this large, tropical vine was found by the Ashaninka Indians to have extraordinary benefits. Scientific studies substantiate claimed results.
The powerful alkaloids found in the bark are not only wonderfully tonic, but they also specifically feed the immune, digestive and structural systems. Una de gato has become one of the world's supreme tonic herbs, comparable to shark cartilage, Pau D'Arco, Eleuthero, reishi and shiitake mushrooms.
While popular in South America, Una de Gato is being studied in universities in Germany, Italy, England and Austria for evidence of its believed anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is being harvested in such a way as to guarantee perpetuation of this valuable plant in the tropical rainforest.
Glucosamine with Una de Gato make a joint effort to provide nutrients hard to obtain elsewhere.
Why Does Nature's Sunshine Use Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCL)?
Glucosamine Sulfate is commonly used in Glucosamine products, is very unstable and must be stabilized, as a result it is only 74% pure Glucosamine HCL is 99%+ pure, it is stable and no other compounds are needed. Both products are derived from crab shells.
The suggested daily dosage is 1,500 mg. of Glucosamine Hydrochloride. In order to get the equivalent amount of Glucosamine found in 1,500 mg. of the hydrochloride, you would need to take 2,608 mg of the sulfate.
Nature's Sunshine feels that it is important to provide you with the purest form of product, whether it is herbs, vitamins or any other type of nutritional product.
Here are the facts:
Question: What's the difference between glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride?
Answer: Glucosamine is available as an oral supplement in two forms: glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. In the 1970s, experiments were performed with both glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl). Both proved to be effective because both contain the same active ingredient: glucosamine. They differ only chemically in that they are different so-called "salts" of glucosamine.
Question: But doesn't glucosamine need sulfur to be properly utilized by the body?
Answer: Yes, but glucosamine sulfate is not the direct provider of that sulfur molecule. Instead, glucosamine uses the sulfur released from existing stores donated by protein molecules already available in the joint tissue.
When glucosamine sulfate is mentioned in The Arthritis Cure, by Dr. Jason Theodosakis, the emphasis is not on the sulfate form since both forms act the same in the body. As scientists, the authors mention gucosamine sulfate because that was the form used in many experiments. Glucosamine hydrochloride has shown and continues to show, the same clinical results.
Question: Why is glucosamine HCI preferred over the sulfate?
Answer: The sulfate form is bulkier, takes up more space, absorbs water and clumps more easily, often contains undesirable sodium or potassium salts and supplies only 47.8 percent glucosamine vs. 81.3 percent from glucosamine HCI.
During digestion, both the sulfate and hydrochloride molecules are stripped from the glucosamine. That
means the glucosamine arrives by itself at the joint, ready for use in repairing or maintaining joint tissues.
It doesn't matter which form of glucosamine you use to begin with; it all ends up at the joint as the same glucosamine. It is then modified by the body to make glycosaminoglycans responsible for healthy cartilage and joint function.
What matters most is the quality and care used in manufacturing the product you buy. That's where you get the Nature's Sunshine's glucosamine advantage.
When you add up the scores of both forms, glucosamine hydrochloride wins.
Benefits of Glucosamine Hydrochloride
*When taken according to directions, glucosamine may be safely used by diabetics.
Glucosamine Sulfate (60 capsules)