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Glucosamine Sulphate v Natural Eggshell Membrane

Glucosamine Sulphate v Natural Eggshell Membrane

Two Different Approaches to Joint Health – Which One is Right For You?

A recent study has found significant benefits of using natural eggshell membrane (NEM) for reducing inflammation and improving cartilage health. 

For the millions of people who suffer daily with painful joint problems, NEM is a major breakthrough for its potential not only to relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation but also to protect cartilage against further breakdown.  This intelligent natural ingredient ticks more boxes than just one as far as joint health is concerned, yet despite these potentially life-changing benefits, many people are still unaware of what NEM is and when best to use it.

Here we take a closer look at Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) and Glucosamine Sulphate – two fantastic natural ingredients which both offer something unique for your joints.  Read on to make sure you understand the difference and the unique applications for each:

What is Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM)?

Natural eggshell membrane (NEM) contains naturally occurring glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, collagen (Types I, V and X), peptides and other sulphur-containing amino acids (methionine, cysteine etc.) – a combination of powerful molecules in one single matrix, which work together to promote healthy joints.  NEM is not found naturally in the diet and is not made by the body.  A specialised patented process is used to extract NEM from eggshells for use in supplement form.

What is it Used For?

 • Comprehensive - NEM provides a comprehensive range of ingredients to rebuild damaged joints in one single matrix
 • Reduces Inflammation - NEM also specifically targets reduced inflammation.  Recent studies carried out on NEM have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects, specifically on known key inflammation markers interleukin 1-beta (IL-1b) and C-Reactive Protein (CRP). 
 • Rebuilds cartilage and prevents further breakdown
 • Chondroprotective - The researchers also noted chondroprotective effects from the NEM treatment – circulating cartilage-degrading enzymes known as Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) were reduced following the treatment as was cartilage degradation biomarker CTX-II.
 • Fast Acting - NEM is fast acting with small doses – In one open-label clinical trial, NEM (500mg once daily) decreased pain significantly in just 7 days and continues to work after you stop taking it
 • No Shellfish - NEM is not derived from shellfish sources and therefore can be taken by people with a shellfish allergy
NEM is suitable from the age of 12 onwards
 • No Side Effects - Unlike most typical joint medications, NEM is not associated with negative side effects
 • Although it is rare, some people can feel nauseous after taking glucosamine sulphate.  These effects have not been reported with NEM.
 • Safe to take with prescription medication and over the counter pain relief

What is Glucosamine Sulphate?

Glucosamine sulphate is a simple molecule composed of glucose, an amine and sulphur.  It is an important building block needed by the body to manufacture glycosaminoglycan, a mucopolysaccharide found in cartilage and other structural connective tissue.  Our bodies can produce its own glucosamine from glucose (a sugar) and glutamine (an amino acid).  There are no food sources of glucosamine; supplemental sources are derived from chitin, a material present in the shells of crustaceans (shrimps, crabs and lobsters) and combined with sulphur to make glucosamine sulphate.  This combination is especially beneficial because joint cartilage is rich in sulphur and both compounds are required to maintain the strength and shock-absorbing qualities of cartilage.

What is it Used For?

 • Building Blocks - Glucosamine Sulphate provides building blocks to help rebuild cartilage and repair damaged joints
 • Reduce Pain & Improve Mobility - Glucosamine Sulphate can help to reduce painful symptoms and improve mobility
 • Unlike NEM, Glucosamine does not directly target reduced inflammation so a natural anti-inflammatory product is usually recommended alongside
 • Suitable For All Ages - People of all ages can safely take glucosamine sulphate
Glucosamine can be used on an ongoing basis; the longer it is used, the greater the benefits become
 • Safe to take with prescription medication and over the counter pain relief
Glucosamine Sulphate is not suitable for anyone with a shellfish allergy.
Although it is rare, some people can feel nauseous after taking glucosamine sulphate. 

References

Yung Sim B, et al. Effects of natural eggshell membrane (NEM) on monosodium iodoacetate-induced artritis in rats.  J Nutr Health 2015, Volume 48, Number 4, Pages 310-318.