Glucosamine Hydrochloride VS Glucosamine Sulphate

Is one really better than the other?…

A question I get asked all the time. Is Glucosamine Hydrochloride better than Sulpahte? The answer is YES but the reason for this isn't quite as simple, as both compounds are in fact effective in the job they are designed to target.

We only use Glucosamine Hydrochloride in our products because it is superior to a sulphate form. Here’s why:

Glucosmaine Powder

The active ingredient in any glucosamine product is only the glucosamine element. The hydrochloride or sulphate acid salt is purely a delivery vehicle in which we absorb it. Therefore, the amount of glucosamine present in 2000 mg of glucosamine salt will depend on the amount of ‘vehicle’ present and the purity of the compound.

Glucosamine sulphate has to be stabilised with sodium chloride (salt) or potassium chloride, and this can be as much as 30%. The Hydrochloride form is naturally stable and requires no added salt or other preservatives so it is much more concentrated gram for gram of product.

In simple terms both Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Glucosamine Sulphate provide the same benefits to joint health. But because of Glucosamine Hydrochlorides stability and purity it is actually more efficient and better value in the sense that it delivers the actual amount of glucosamine as stated on the product label.

Glucosamine Hydrochloride yields around 30% more active Glucosamine than a Sulphate form. For example if you take 2000mg of Glucosamine Hydrochloride of high purity you will receive 2000mg, where as if you take 2000mg of Glucosmaine Sulphate you will only actually be receiving around 1400mg of active Glucosamine.

Healthy Dog Food

Glucosamine HCl is more expensive than Sulphate but it’s benefits far out weigh any cost implications which is why we use it in all of our Glucosamine based products. In addition to this we only use pharmaceutical grade Glucosamine which is 99% pure to ensure the highest possible yield of active Glucosamine.