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Some research and anecdotal evidence suggest that glucosamine supplements can be beneficial when it comes to your joint health.

However, more evidence is needed before a conclusion can be drawn on the efficacy of glucosamine supplements.

Yes! You can get vegan- and vegetarian-friendly glucosamine from the cell walls of some fungi, including Zygomycetes and Ascomycetes.

Yes, it is often advised to take glucosamine.

You can also find glucosamine creams and patches for your skin, which typically contain less glucosamine (check the product labels for more information).

Glucosamine is a beneficial compound for most people – so it is rarely considered ‘bad’.

However, although side effects are rare, supplementing glucosamine can sometimes cause certain side effects, like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Skin reactions
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness

There are also certain groups of people who should avoid glucosamine supplements, including:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Asthmatics
  • Diabetics
  • People with glaucoma
  • People with high cholesterol
  • People allergic to shellfish (unless you have a vegetarian supplement)
  • If you’re having surgery in the next 2 weeks

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Bhupesh Panchal

Bhupesh Panchal,
Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.