Glucosamine, chondroitin and methyl sulfonylmethane (MSM) is used to maintain healthy joints, while stimulating cartilage production, according to Drugs.com. Although the supplement combination is commonly used to help ease arthritis-related pain, additional information is needed to gather details regarding its benefits, notes WebMD. The human body organically produces glucosamine and chondroitin to make cartilage. According to Drugs.com, MSM provides the body with sulfur, which supports the body’s muscles and tendons.
Glucosamine may also relieve temporomandibular joint arthritis (TMJ), according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. TMJ arthritis is associated pain or discomfort in the jaw. Glucosamine is as effective as ibuprofen for treating jaw pain for some people.
According to Drugs.com, symptom improvement takes several weeks. In addition, these supplements are meant to be a complement to a complete program that includes diet and exercise routines. Medication should also be continued, unless directed otherwise by a physician.
Glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM supplements are likely safe for most adults, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine; however, a healthcare provider should be consulted before taking this supplement. Side effects of this supplement include nausea, diarrhea, constipation and headaches. Shellfish shells are sometimes used to make glucosamine. People with a shellfish allergy should avoid this product. According to Drugs.com, glucosamine also increases the body’s blood sugar levels. The supplement interferes with medicines such as insulin and warfarin, as well.