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The Benefits of Glucosamine & Fish Oil

By ShaeLee Chatterton

Fish oil provides the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are a form of polyunsaturated fat. The body needs omega-3 fatty acids for overall health and development. Glucosamine is found in healthy cartilage, according to the Mayo Clinic. Glucosamine and fish oil are available in supplemental form. They are both popular for joint pain treatment and contribute additional health benefits to the body.

Anti-inflammatory Benefits

According to the Mayo Clinic, both glucosamine and fish oil can be used as an anti-inflammatory. They are widely prescribed for anti-inflammatory use to benefit those who suffer from heart problems and various forms of rheumatoid diseases. Additionally, glucosamine has been effective in the treatment of mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis and chronic venous insufficiency. Glucosamine can be used for treatment in rehabilitation of the knee after knee surgery.

Cardiac Benefits

The Mayo Clinic says fish oil is often recommended for those who have heart problems or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Fish oil helps reduce the risk of problems related to heart rhythms. Reducing heart rhythm complications helps reduce risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death. Fish oils can be derived from diet alone. For those who don't regularly eat fresh fish, supplemental and liquid form is a sufficient way to supply the body with fish oil.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Benefits

Glucosamine is also used for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. The supplement has an anti-inflammatory effect on the bowels so that people who suffer from this condition are less likely to deal with the painful flare-ups that often accompany IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Glucosamine is not a guaranteed treatment for all people who suffer from these conditions, so consult your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet.

Arthritis Benefits

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the body produces glucosamine and uses it for cartilage and more connective tissues. Glucosamine supplements may aid in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis. Combining glucosamine with chondroitin may help lessen arthritis symptoms as well. Additionally, fish oil supplements may decrease the stiffness and soreness associated with rheumatoid arthritis.


The Mayo Clinic recommends you consult a doctor before adding fish oil supplements to your diet. These may cause belching, nausea and a fishy taste in the mouth. Both fish oil and glucosamine supplements may interfere with your current medications medications. Potential side effects of glucosamine include drowsiness, upset stomach, insomnia, headache, skin reactions, sun sensitivity and nail toughening.

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