MSM + Glucosamine


Helps protect against cartilage deterioration

  • Maintains healthy joint structure and flexibility
  • Helps repair damaged joints
  • Shellfish-free, vegan formula
Gluten Free

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MSM Glucosamine is specifically designed for reducing pain and swelling, and improving joint function in those suffering from osteoarthritis. MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring form of organic sulfur found in living organisms. In humans, sulfur is present throughout the body in several organic compounds and is a factor in a number of different processes. Glucosamine is composed of glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine sulfate is naturally found in joint cartilage and synovial fluid, and the body requires sulfate to produce cartilage tissue. MSM and glucosamine sulfate seem to produce superior results for pain relief in osteoarthritis when used in combination than when they are used separately.

MSM’s ability to reduce knee pain and improve physical function in osteoarthritis is due to its anti-inflammatory and connective tissue supporting activities. Glucosamine helps the body to create cushioning fluids and tissues around joints. It also repairs damaged arthritic joints, reduces pain, and builds synovial fluids.

AOR Advantage

MSM Glucosamine is an ideal supplement for those looking for relief from osteoarthitis or joint pain and inflammation. AOR’s MSM Glucosamine has the added benefit of being a vegetarian, shellfish-free glucosamine formula, making it suitable for vegetarians and those with shellfish allergies.




MSM helps relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis and glucosamine sulfate is a factor in maintaining healthy cartilage and joint health.


AOR™ guarantees that all ingredients have been declared on the label. Contains no wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sulphites, mustard, soy, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish or any animal by product.

Adult Dosage

Take one capsule three times daily with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Avoid taking at bedtime. Use for a minimum of one month to see beneficial effects.


Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms worsen, or if an allergic reaction occurs. Some people may experience mild gastrointestinal bloating, constipation or indigestion. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. This product contains corn, do not use if you have an allergy.

Main Applications
  • Joint health

The information and product descriptions appearing on this website are for information purposes only, and are not intended to provide or replace medical advice to individuals from a qualified health care professional. Consult with your physician if you have any health concerns, and before initiating any new diet, exercise, supplement, or other lifestyle changes.

Serving Size: One Capsule
500 mg
Glucosamine Sulfate KCl (vegan)
500 mg

Non-medicinal Ingredients: ascorbyl palmitate, sodium stearyl fumarate. Capsule: hypromellose.



Also known as methyl sulfone, methylsulfonylmethane, or dimethylsulfone (DMSO2), is an organic, odorless, naturally-occurring sulfur compound present in small amounts in many foods and beverages. MSM as a supplement is useful for ameliorating upset stomachs, improving people’s resistance to allergies, reducing pain from inflammatory disorders, and helping the body rid itself of parasites. In the last decade, however, MSM has carved out a particular niche for itself as an effective adjunct to any formulation pertinent to the maintenance of healthy joint structure and function.

Glucosamine: What is it?

Glucosamine is arguably the best-studied of all joint-support supplements, serving the needs of both young and old, athletic and arthritic or injured. Glucosamine is an amino sugar used to create cushioning fluids and tissues around joints. It also repairs damaged arthritic joints, reduces pain, and builds synovial fluids. It is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and is necessary in the formation of skin, eyes, bones, tendons, nails, ligaments, and parts of the heart.

How does Glucosamine work?

Glucosamine is also referred to as an aminomonosaccharide, meaning that it is the product of the synthesis between glucose and an amino acid -in this case glutamine. This enzymatic process is called glucosamine synthetase. Most glucose and nearly half of all amino acids are obtained through dietary sources, but the aminomonosaccharides found in our bodies are formed internally, and dietary sources for them are negligible. Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body by chondrocytes in cartilage to help maintain and build healthy joint tissue. The main basic purpose of glucosamine is to create long chains of modified disaccharides called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which the joints and cartilage require for repair. The GAGs are the main component of proteoglycans (PGs), which along with chondrocytes and collagen, make up cartilage. Glucosamine is also converted in the body to N-acetyl-glucosamine, which in turn is critical to the formation of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the central component of synovial fluid which acts as a lubricant in the joints.


People don’t generally think of sulfur as an essential nutrient, but nonetheless sulfur is required for human nutrition and health.

Organic sulfur is readily found in living organisms, such as human tissues, milk, fruits, and vegetables. However, it can be easily destroyed by perfectly normal handling of food, like cooking, heating, processing, or drying. And while sulfur is naturally found in most organisms, its fragility combined with modern cooking practices places our daily intake of sulfur into an increasingly precarious position.

What does sulfur do then? It holds our basic connective tissues together, forming the elemental structure of proteins, and is required for a number of catalytic functions of various enzymes (meaning that without sulfur these enzymes cannot even start their essential activity).

In humans, sulfur is present throughout the body in several organic compounds and is a factor in a number of different processes in the body. It is used to produce such vital substances as amino acids, including taurine (which stabilizes cell membranes), and methionine (which detoxifies cells and is involved in pain relief).

Helping the Joints via Anti-inflammatory/Anti-oxidant Pathways

Inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis, can cause persistent and sometimes debilitating pain. MSM has been shown to significantly relieve the pain and inflammation caused by inflammatory disorders. It has been shown to significantly reduce nighttime leg cramps, back cramps, and muscle spasms. Sulfur is concentrated in or around osseous (bone or turning to bone) structures and sulfur supplementation supports healthy muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The mechanism for MSM’s anti-inflammatory action appears to be intrinsically related to it’s concurrent role as an anti-oxidant against the specific free radicals of hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, and hypochlorous acid. These free radicals play an initiatory role in the inflammation process that is the underlying cause of so many maladies related to the joints.

Other Uses

MSM has also been used for a number of other ailments and to support a number of other systems in the body. Like digestive enzymes, it allows the body to absorb more nutrients from food. It also helps circulation, hair and nail growth, as well as the healing process itself. MSM also causes the body to secrete more taurine (an amino acid that is vital to cardiovascular activity) in tissues. Furthermore, MSM neutralizes the toxicity of a chemical called anticholinesterase, which is contained in many insecticides. MSM also reduces the lactic acid buildup that occurs after strenuous exercise. Lactic acid buildup occurs as muscles are exercised, but endurance training reduces lactic acid buildup, much as MSM does.



Tissue Repair

In the treatment of inflammatory joint diseases, the research conducted with glucosamine sulfate is extensive. With respect to osteoarthritis alone, there have been 20 randomized controlled trials involving a total of 2570 patients. The collective results displayed a 28% (change from baseline) improvement in pain and a 21% (change from baseline) improvement in function for those patients supplementing with glucosamine over the control (placebo) groups.

When used in combination, methylsulfonylmethane and glucosamine seem to produce superior results than when they are used separately. An example of this synergy has been clearly demonstrated in another study of osteoarthritis, this one examining the benefits of MSM and glucosamine both separately and in combination. It was concluded that in areas such as pain reduction, swelling, joint mobility, as well as analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity, that MSM and glucosamine sulfate worked more rapidly and more effectively together than they did separately.


Market Trends

Joint support is a relatively new niche in the world of alternative medicine, composed mainly of SAMe (s-adenosylmethionine), hyaluronic acid, shark cartilage, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin sulfate, and glucosamine sulfate. Of these, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and glucosamine sulfate have emerged as two of the most widely accepted substances for maintaining healthy joint structure and flexibility.


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Future treatment of osteoarthritis.

Orthopedics. 2005 Feb;28(2 Suppl):s227-34.

Baker CL Jr, Ferguson CM.

Osteoarthritis represents an advanced stage of disease progression caused in part by injury, loss of cartilage structure and function, and an imbalance in inflammatory and noninflammatory pathways. The burden of this disease will increase in direct proportion to the increase in the older adult population. Research on current and experimental treatment protocols are reviewed, including the effect of hyaluronic acid in both in vitro and in vivo studies, autologous chondrocyte and osteochondral plug implantation, and gene therapy. Disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs and in vivo studies of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are reviewed.


Randomised, Double-Blind, Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Study of Oral Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane and their Combination in Osteoarthritis.

Clin Drug Investig. 2004;24(6):353-63.

Usha PR, Naidu MU.

OBJECTIVE: Glucosamine, classified as a slow-acting drug in osteoarthritis (SADOA), is an efficacious chondroprotective agent. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), the isoxidised form of dimethyl-sulfoxide (DSMO), is an effective natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of oral glucosamine (Glu), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), their combination and placebo in osteoarthritis of the knee.

PATIENTS AND DESIGN: A total of 118 patients of either sex with mild to moderate osteoarthritis were included in the study and randomised to receive either Glu 500mg, MSM 500mg, Glu and MSM or placebo capsules three times daily for 12 weeks. Patients were evaluated at 0 (before drug administration), 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks post-treatment for efficacy and safety. The efficacy parameters studied were the pain index, the swelling index, visual analogue scale pain intensity, 15m walking time, the Lequesne index, and consumption of rescue medicine.

RESULTS: Glu, MSM and their combination significantly improved signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis compared with placebo. There was a statistically significant decrease in mean ( /- SD) pain index from 1.74 /- 0.47 at baseline to 0.65 /- 0.71 at week 12 with Glu (p < 0.001). MSM significantly decreased the mean pain index from 1.53 /- 0.51 to 0.74 /- 0.65, and combination treatment resulted in a more significant decrease in the mean pain index (1.7 /- 0.47 to 0.36 /- 0.33; p < 0.001). After 12 weeks, the mean swelling index significantly decreased with Glu and MSM, while the decrease in swelling index with combination therapy was greater (1.43 /- 0.63 to 0.14 /- 0.35; p < 0.05) after 12 weeks. The combination produced a statistically significant decrease in the Lequesne index. All treatments were well tolerated.

CONCLUSION: Glu, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect in osteoarthritis. Combination therapy showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and in improving the functional ability of joints than the individual agents. All the treatments were well tolerated. The onset of analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity was found to be more rapid with the combination than with Glu. It can be concluded that the combination of MSM with Glu provides better and more rapid improvement in patients with osteoarthritis.