How does glucosamine treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic autoimmune condition in which the body mistakenly attacks the intestines, causing abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and weight loss. Specific types of inflammatory bowel disease include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There is some evidence to suggest that N-acetyl glucosamine given orally or rectally may improve symptoms in children who have not responded to standard treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Further research is needed before recommending glucosamine to all people with inflammatory bowel disease.

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