Frequently Asked Questions

Joint Health

Why should I buy Naturo® Joint Health which is made in Singapore?

In many countries, Glucosamine is widely available as health supplement and is not subject to even simple checks on purity, microbial and heavy metals tests.

Journal of Rheumatology 2002 Nove;29(11):2407-9 mentioned that a study conducted in the University of Alberta, Canada, found 13 out of 14 Glucosamine products contained less than 82% of their label claims.

In The USA, 14 Glucosamine and 43 Chondroitin products were analyzed in the University of Maryland. The actual amount of Glucosamine or Chondroitin in some products ranged from 0% to 115% compared to what was claimed on their labels.

Singapore is one of the major Bio-Science and Pharmaceutical hubs in the world. And export billions of dollars of high quality health products. The integrity of the country in respect of the enforcement of law & regulations is well regarded.

All Naturo® health supplements are manufactured in Singapore under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Manufacturer as well as under the stringent monitoring of Health Sciences Authority of Singapore.

Before Naturo® products are released to the market, every batch of the Naturo® products is scientifically tested by accredited laboratories in Singapore on Microbial Tests (bacteria content) and the Heavy Metals Tests (on Copper, Lead, Arsenic & Mercury) to ensure the safety of the products. All Naturo® products are found to be within the safe limits of the specified limits stipulated by the Ministry of Health in Singapore.

Why Naturo® Joint Health contains only Glucosamine Sulphate and does not contain MSM and Chondroitin?

In the past thirty years, glucosamine sulphate has been the subject of more than 300 scientific investigations and over 20 double-blind clinical studies. In a recent review, researches indicated that glucosamine supplementation has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis in all 14 double-blind clinical trials reviewed by the investigators.

So far most of the international research studies were on Glucosamine and found that Glucosamine Sulphate is the most important ingredient that is highly effective in relieving joint pains and building up joint cartilages. Whereas the MSM and Chondroitin are seldom researched on their own. Most of the studies are done together with Glucosamine. Moreover, the molecules of Chondroitin are too big to be absorbed by our body. Whereas, 90% – 98% of Glucosamine Sulphate are absorbed from the intestinal tract. By contrast, less than 13% of chondroitin sulphate is absorbed. The experts in this area conclude that adding chondroitin to glucosamine administration has not been shown to further improve the benefits available from glucosamine alone. Thus, at this time, the addtition of chondroitin sulfate is seen to impose additional cost with no added benefits.

Essentially, all of the research on Glucosamine used glucosamine sulphate. Only Glucosamine Sulphate is approved as a treatement for osteoarthritis in more than 70 countries around the world and has been used by millions of people for this purpose for more than 20 years. Other forms of glucosamine are present in the commercial market place such as N-acetyl-glucosamine and glucosamine hydrochloride. There is presently insufficient evidence to support their use and neither one of these forms provides the addition of the mineral sulphur, which has shown to be of great value in osteoarthritis cases.

Why Naturo® Joint Health only contains 375mg of Pure Glucosamine per capsule?

The actual net weight per capsule is 500 mg of Glucosamine Sulphate. The actual net weight of the effective Pure Glucosamine is 75% of the total net weight. Thus we declare 75% of the 500mg which is 375 mg.

Four capsules of 375 mg is equivalent of the 1,500 mg of the required dosage for a normal adult. If you have joint pains, it is advisable to take 2 capsules two times a day. If after 2 to 3 months when the pains subside, you may just take 2 capsules once daily. As Naturo® Joint Health contains pure glucosamine sulphate, to some people, they found just taking 2 capsules daily is also effective for them.

How long will it take to be effective in relieving arthritis pains?

As Naturo® Joint Health does not contain pain killers, it may take a while before the effectiveness is felt. From the consumers feed back, it ranges from a few days to 3 months. 50% of them realized the positive effects within one month and 88% felt significant reduction of pains within 3 months of consuming 1,500 mg.

I have shoulder pains, can it help?

The nutritional support of glucoamine is not just on the knee caps, it is for every parts of the body which include neck, shoulder, elbows, fingers, feet, knees, hips and back bones.

Must I take it long term? Is there any side effects?

As the process of repairing and building up the cartilages is a slow one, you should take for at least 3 months. Once you found that the pain has been subsiding, you may reduce the dosage as maintaining health supplements.

As it is a natural ingredient product and does not contain pain killers, there is no adverse side effects. Moreover, the product is tested for microbial tests and heavy metal tests. And found that the results are way within the safe limits:

Microbial Tests on Naturo® Joint Health Pure Glucosamine Sulphate

Testing Parameters Results Microbial Limits
Total Aerobic Bacteria Count, CFU/gm < 10 Not more than 10,000 per gm
Total Yeast & Mould Count, CFU/gm < 10 Not more than 500 per gm
Total E Coli Count per gram Absent Absent in 1 g
Coagulase +ve Staphylococcus aureus, per gm Absent Absent in 1 g
Salmonelia Spp., per gm Absent Absent in 1 g


Heavy Metal Tests on Naturo® Joint Health Pure Glucosamine Sulphate

Testing Parameters Results, ppm Specification Limits, ppm
Arsenic, ppm 0.01 Max 5.0
Copper, ppm 0.06 Max 150
Lead, ppm 0.34 Max 20
Mercury, ppm <0.01 Max 0.5
I am allergic to sea food. Can I take the product? Will I be get allergy?

Gluosamine sulphate is manufactured from the chitin exoskeleton of shellfish, such as lobster, crab and shrimp. Therefore it is conceivable that a person with a severe allergy to shellfish may be sensitive to the use of Glucosamine, although the pharmaceutical grade of glucosamine is generally devoid of shellfish contaminants.

Naturo® Joint Health only contains crystalline pure glucosamine sulphate which is extracted from the shell (not the meat) of lobsters and crabs, it is devoid of any shellfish contaminants.

I am allergic to sulfa drugs or sulfer-containing food additives. Can I take the product?

Glucosamine Sulphate has been shown to be non-toxic at the prescribed doses. Patients allergic or sensitive to sulfa drugs or sulfate containing food additives can safely take glucosamine sulfate. The word sulphate in this instance indicates the presence of mineral sulfur, not the sulpha compound used in sulpha drugs and sulphate-containing food addictives. All cells of the body contain the mineral sulphur and thus, it is not likely to be allergic to this mineral.

I have high blood pressure, can I take the products?

High blood pressure people are not advisable to take high sodium content products. Naturo® Joint Health Pure Glucosamine Sulphate is tested on its sodium content and found to be only 0.08%; whereas some glucosamine’s sodium content can be as high as 8% to 12%.

Although it is very safe to consume Naturo® Joint Health, we would always advise high blood pressure patients to consult their own doctors.

When taking any health supplements, it is always better to take at least 2 hours before or after doctor’s prescribed medicine.

Is glucosamine related to Glucose? I am a diabetes, can I take the products?

Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body. It is a natural amino sugar produced by the body and plays an important role in the production, maintenance and repair of cartilage. Amino sugars are different from other body sugars, as they form part of carbohydrates. Their function is also different because they do not provide energy source, but rather, are included in the body tissue structure. Thus Glucosamine has no adverse impact on blood sugar level.

Although it is very safe to consume Naturo® Joint Health, we would always advise diabetes to consult their own doctors. It is also advisable for diabetic patients and pre-diabetic patients to have their blood glucose monitored during the first few weeks of glucosamine sulphate supplementation.

When taking any health supplements, it is always better to take at least 2 hours before or after doctor’s prescribed medicine.

I had a knee cap replacement operation, can I still take your product?

You may want to continue to take glucosamine as the other parts of the body joints will continue to degenerate. Taking glucosamine helps to reduce the degeneration of the cartilages of other parts of the body, thus prevent further replacement operation of the other knee caps or joints.

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