The Dutch Consumer organization, Consumentenbond has in a test of 26 glucosamine products rewarded Bio-Glucosamine Forte from Pharma Nord as test winner. It got 9.9 out of 10 possible points. Close to perfection.
The Dutch test panel looked among others on parameters such as product price, price per daily dose, the content and on the label information. Glucosamine Forte received the evaluation: Very good and highest points score without being the most expensive product.
Low score for chondroitin
Four products containing the substance chondroitin did not score very high. Among these was the most expensive product in the test, which only scored 5.7 points, as it turned out to contain considerably less than indicated on the label.
Glucosamine is extracted from shells of lobsters, crabs and shrimp and is usually attached to a sulfur compound, after which it becomes glucosamine sulphate. There are also other types of glucosamine, but most manufacturers use glucosamine sulphate. This is also the type of glucosamine used in most scientific studies of the substance. The uptake of glucosamine in the body is good, but the effect may first be noticed after some weeks.
Gezondgids februari-maart 2011 (Health Guide February-March 2011)