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Glycosaminoglycans are unbranched polysaccharides comprised, in part, of amino and uronic sugars. Due to their chemical composition they are highly polarized and easily attract water which has the potential to make them particularly effective in the maintenance of the body's collagen and improvement of elastin, which gives skin its flexibility and strength, or simply... that 'bounce-back' action that is lost as we age. Glycosaminoglycans may help repair scars and reduce wrinkles in its reaction with internal peptides and as such is promoted and hailed in the anti-aging community for its many skin conditioning, cartilage repair, and improvement benefits. Naturally, within the body, glycosaminoglycans are also helpful as an anticoagulant and as a lubricant for joints and connective tissues and possibly, in some patients, as a treatment for osteoarthritis, joint pain, and a host of other conditions and diseases. While there are many uses and potential benefits to humans, glycosaminoglycans are also used for treating pets that have mobility issues and arthritis.


As glycosaminoglycans usage is varied regarding form of delivery and also specific medical condition, you should consult with your primary care doctor on the use of this drug as it applies to your specific condition or issue. Your doctor will advise you on your options and provide instructions for you to take to your compounding pharmacist if a prescription is deemed necessary. Follow your doctor's directions for application and usage of glycosaminoglycans.


As glycosaminoglycans are naturally created, organic, within the body, there are often no side effects experienced. However, everyone is different and you may experience side effects once beginning use. Always monitor your condition closely and seek medical assistance if you feel it is warranted.


Anyone considering the use of glycosaminoglycans should always take the first step of consulting with their primary care doctor, as it is important for their doctor to assess their full medical state and be aware of any medications that they are currently taking before prescribing glycosaminoglycans for treatment.

Ask your doctor about possible contraindications.

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