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Study unlocks glucosamine’s potential mode of action

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Study unlocks glucosamine’s potential mode of action
The potential benefits of glucosamine, the leading ingredient in the joint health market, may be linked to its ability to activate a key mechanism in maintaining cellular health in joints, suggests preliminary data presented at Experimental Biology in San Diego.

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California reported findings from preclinical experiments that indicated that glucosamine may influence a process called autophagy – a critical mechanism in maintaining cellular health in joints and other tissues throughout the body.

The results were greeted by Cargill, which produces a vegetarian version of the ingredient.

 “Two of the gaps in the current body of research on glucosamine are data in a healthy population and understanding its mechanism of action,”​ explained Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD, senior manager, Cargill Nutrition, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.

“This preliminary research indicates that glucosamine may help to support healthy aging in the joints via activation of autophagy, one of the main cellular ‘housekeeping’ mechanisms.”

“The results of this research are very encouraging,”​ added Mark Christiansen, Acidulants product line manager, Cargill Corn Milling North America. “Understanding the science behind glucosamine’s potential role in joint health is important for consumers as well as our customers and Cargill will continue to invest in science and innovation for Regenasure glucosamine.”​  

Related topics: Research, Bone & joint health

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