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Glucosamine is found in the human body wherein it maintains the health of cartilage -- a rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints. The naturally occurring sugar comprises the key building block of joint tissue, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. An amino sugar, the chemical compound is also found in nature like the shells of shellfish. Commercially produced by the hydrolysis of shellfish exoskeletons or by fermenting grain such as corn and wheat, Glucosamine is available in different forms like glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetyl glucosamine. Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director at Cosmic Nutracos, the parent company of Gaia, shares the benefits and how to consume glucosamine.
Cure for joint pains
It is deemed helpful in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint pain, inflammation, immobility and damaged and eroded cartilage. It helps ease joint pain, maintain and restore healthy joint performance and helps the body to repair damaged and eroded cartilage while lubricating the joints and stimulating synovial fluid production.
For osteoarthritis, taking glucosamine sulfate can provide some relief, especially in the knees. As it may take four to eight weeks to provide pain relief, one may need to take pain medication for the pain flare-ups. Osteoarthritis patients may take glucosamine sulfate 1500 mg once daily or 500 mg three times daily, either alone or together with 400 mg of chondroitin sulfate two or three times daily. To reduce pain caused due to rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests oral use of glucosamine hydrochloride is effective. It may not help with an improvement in inflammation of the number of painful or swollen joints.
How to consume?
Commonly, glucosamine is often consumed in the form of a capsule, but it is also available in liquid form as glucosamine sulfate. As a biological chemical, it forms cushioning ingredients of the joint fluids and surrounding tissues. The absorption of glucosamine is much faster when taken in the liquid form rather than the tablet form; make more active ingredients available to the body in a shorter time.
Glucosamine sulfate is given as a shot when injected into the muscle as a shot twice weekly for up to 6 weeks. N-acetyl glucosamine can be applied to the skin and is possibly safe for up to 10 weeks. It can even be given as an enema (rectally) and is safe when taken in doses of 3-4 grams daily.
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Who can consume?
It is advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid the drug. Research has suggested that glucosamine may raise blood sugar in people with diabetes. However, more research shows that glucosamine does not affect blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. While it may be safe for most people with diabetes, it is better to closely monitor their blood sugar. The same goes for patients with blood pressure problems. If you are consuming glucosamine, you must monitor blood pressure levels daily.
People who have shellfish allergies must consult their provider before using glucosamine as there is evidence that glucosamine products can cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to shellfish. Even though shellfish allergy is caused by the meat of shellfish and not the shell, there is a chance that the shell used to produce glucosamine may be contaminated with the meat, resulting in an allergic reaction. While there are several benefits of glucosamine, it is always better to consult your doctor before taking it. (IANS/AD)
Super model and actress Hailey Bieber said she is lucky to have a husband like Justin Bieber, refuting rumours of the ace singer not treating her properly. Hailey was speaking at singer Demi Lovato's podcast '4D With Demi Lovato', dailymail.co.uk reported.
Talking about her popstar husband and rumours around their marriage, Hailey said: "I think one of the biggest things is you have to know what the truth is behind everything. You know, there's so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together." She addressed the rumours point blank as she said: "There's one big fat narrative that goes around that's like, 'Justin is not nice to her, and that he mistreats her', and I'm just like, it's so far from the truth, and it's the complete and utter opposite."
Hailey went on to set the record straight about Justin, who she married in 2018. She said: "I really am lucky to say I'm with someone who is extremely respectful of me, who makes me feel special every single day. So when I see the opposite of that, I'm just like, 'Huh?' And everybody around who knows us personally would say the same thing." (IANS/ MBI)
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Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
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