Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, including young children.
The condition is often caused by a gradual wearing down of the smooth cartilage that lines the joints.
Taking some supplements may help to reduce arthritis pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Glucosamine supplements could provide pain relief for arthritis patients, it said.
The capsules have anti-inflammatory properties, and may even help cartilage to regenerate, added the foundation.
“Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage, particularly in the fluid around the joints,” said the Arthritis Foundation.
“For dietary supplements, it is harvested from shells of shellfish or can be made in the laboratory.
“It can come in several chemical forms, but the one most used in arthritis is glucosamine sulphate.
“Glucosamine may provide modest pain relief for some patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and spine.”
Studies have claimed taking glucosamine supplements improved arthritis patients’ symptoms, including joint pain, stiffness, and function.
But, some scientists said they have no benefits, and only have the effect of a placebo.
Patients may need to take glucosamine for six months before feeling any improved symptoms, said nutritionist Atli Arnarson.
Arthritis patients that are considering adding glucosamine to their diet should take supplements with meals, three times a day, he said.
Most capsules can usually be bought with doses between 300-500mg, added the nutritionist.
Those taking salts of glucosamine sulphate only need one supplement each day.
Arthritis affects about 10 million people in the UK, said the NHS.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, followed by rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, inflammation, and restricted movement.
There’s currently no cure for the condition, but some treatments may help to relieve signs of joint pain.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of arthritis.