Glucosamine HCL is an amino sugar normally formed from glucose.
It is the primary substrate for the syntheses of several important macromolecules that make up basement membranes, mucous membranes in the digestive and respiratory tracts, and synovial fluid in the joints.
A deficiency of Glucosamine HCL can reduce the rate of production of these macromolecules leading to specific tissue weakness.
Tissues in the joints can become damaged when the lubricating synovial fluid in the joint spaces become thin and watery; the normal cushioning is lost and consequently the bones and the cartilage scrape against each other inside the joint space.
These problems often occur in the spinal column where the individual vertebrae are stacked on top of each other and only separated by the cushioning disc.
The space between the vertebrae is where many nerves leave the spinal cord–thus increasing the value of this cushioning fluid. Any injury to this part of the back can cause the gelatinous cartilage to soften.
Supplementing with Glucosamine HCL has been shown to help increase the thickness of the gelatinous material, creating more support for the joints and vertebrae.
Glucosamine HCL (and other forms of Glucosamine) are often taken alongside Chondroitin products.
This particular product is D-Glucosamine HCL 95% DC (5% PVP K30)