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Osteocare® Glucosamine & Chondroitin

Many people who take a bone health formula are also interested in maintaining the health of their cartilage and connective tissues. Osteocare Glucosamine has been designed so there is no need for separate products. The advanced formula provides great value by combining bone and cartilage health nutrients in one comprehensive formula.

Bone health

Osteocare® is the UK's no.1 bone health formula and has been scientifically developed on the basis of the very latest research to provide a rich source of calcium, magnesium and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal bone plus vitamin D which helps with the normal absorption and utilisation of calcium by the body.

Osteocare® Glucosamine contains the preferred D3 form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the form of vitamin D that is produced by the skin on exposure to sunlight. D3 is the preferred form of vitamin D because it is the specific form made in the human body and therefore more effective than D2 which is found in some supplements.

Balanced with Magnesium

The calcium in Osteocare® has always been balanced with magnesium. We believe that, based on a wealth of international published research, calcium should always be supplied with vitamin D and balanced with meaningful levels of magnesium, as the magnesium to calcium ratio in the body is vital. Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance, normal muscle function and of course the maintenance of normal bones.

Cartilage health

Cartilage is the flexible connective tissue found between bones. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones and cartilage. Osteocare® Glucosamine also provides copper which contributes to the maintenance of normal connective tissues, plus Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Ginger Root extract.

Calcium is important for everyone

Ensuring an adequate intake of calcium is vital for men and women of all ages, as evidence suggests that healthy practices early in life, including the adequate consumption of calcium and trace elements, contribute to normal bone health and optimal bone mineralisation. Peak bone mass, obtained during childhood and adolescent growth is known to be of major importance in maintaining bones later in life. The UK Department of Health recommends that people aged 65 years and over should take a daily supplement of 10mcg of vitamin D.

Calcium is vital for older women

Both sexes lose bone mass during their lifetime but after the menopause women usually lose bone mass much faster than men.

Postmenopausal women have an increased risk of bone loss for three reasons:

  • Bone mineral content tends to be lower in women than in men
  • Dietary calcium intake may decrease with age
  • The rate of bone loss accelerates at menopause

Have difficulty swallowing tablets?

Getting enough calcium is especially important for men and women over 50, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and during and after the menopause. For those that do not like swallowing tablets, Osteocare® Fizz, Chewable or Liquid is an ideal alternative.

Calcium intake guidelines

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) recommends the following guidelines for calcium intake



Age Suggested daily calcium intake
0-12 months (non-breast-fed infants only) 525 mg
1-3 years 350 mg
4-6 years 450 mg
7-10 years 550 mg
11-18 years boys/girls 1000 / 800 mg
19+ years 700 mg
Pregnant woman 700 mg
Breastfeeding woman 700 + 550 mg
Based on the Department of Health Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition policy 1998.

Based on scientific research

The Osteocare® formulation is based on the very latest international findings on the role of nutrients in normal bone health, as well as multiple large-scale scientific studies in the past 20 years.

Product Availability:

Osteocare® is available in the UK from larger Boots, supermarkets and pharmacies, health stores including Holland and Barrett. Alternatively you can order online here.

Osteocare® Glucosamine & Chondroitin Formula

Advanced calcium, mineral & vitamin D3 tablets, with vitamin C, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate and ginger extract

Nutritional Information Average per 3 tablets % EC NRV
Glucosamine Sulphate KCI† 750 mg -
Chondroitin Sulphate† 300 mg -
Ginger Extract 75 mg -
Calcium 800 mg 100
Magnesium 150 mg 40
Zinc 15 mg 150
Vitamin D (as D3 1000 IU) 25 µg 500
Manganese 0.5 mg 25
Selenium 50 µg 91
Copper 1 mg 100
Vitamin C 80 mg 100
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Values, µg = microgram
mg = milligram, IU = International Units, †United States Pharmacopeia
Calcium Carbonate (Maltodextrin), Glucosamine Sulphate KCI (from Fish/Shellfish) (as Potassium Chloride) USP†, Magnesium Hydroxide (Pregelatinised Starch), Chondroitin Sulphate Sodium (from Fish/Shellfish) USP†, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Cross-linked Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Tablet Coating (Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide), Zinc Sulphate, Anti-caking agents: Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol, [carriers: Acacia, Sucrose, Corn Starch, Medium Chain Triglycerides, antioxidant: DL-Alpha Tocopherol]), Ginger Root Extract (Magnesium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Starch, Dextrin), Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenate. †USP - United States Pharmacopeia Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.


TWO TO THREE TABLETS PER DAY WITH YOUR MAIN MEAL. Swallow with water or a cold drink. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed the recommended intake. Osteocare® Glucosamine contains glucosamine sourced from natural chitin. Do not take if you are allergic to fish or shellfish. Diabetics and those taking anti-coagulants (blood thinners) should consult their doctor before using this product. This comprehensive formula replaces other Osteocare® supplements and multivitamins.

  • No lactose
  • Gluten free
  • No preservatives
  • No yeast
  • Osteocare® Glucosamine is not tested on animals

Food Supplement

Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. As with other food supplements, seek professional advice before using if you are under medical supervision, are pregnant, breast-feeding or suffer from food allergies.

Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

Store below 25°C in a dry place, out of sight and reach of children.

Osteocare® Glucosamine & Chondroitin FAQ

Why has Osteocare® Glucosamine been developed?

Osteocare® Glucosamine is scientifically formulated, and developed by experts. Each ingredient is included on the basis of research evidence. Many people who take a bone health formula are also interested in maintaining the health of their cartilage and connective tissues. Osteocare Glucosamine has been designed so there is no need for separate products. The advanced formula provides great value by combining bone and cartilage health nutrients in one comprehensive formula.[Top]

When is Osteocare® Glucosamine recommended?

Research shows the earlier both men and women receive a good supply of these nutrients the better. Getting bone and cartilage supporting nutrients may be especially important for:

During and after the menopause
For elderly men and women
For athletes, dancers and sportspeople Slimmer’s and those with a reduced intake of dairy products

Osteocare® Glucosamine is formulated for long-term use and can be taken for as long as required.

What do I need to know before starting to use Osteocare® Glucosamine?

Osteocare® Glucosamine is a health supplement with specific nutrients to help support bone and cartilage, specially formulated as a daily nutritional safeguard for men and women of all ages. Do not take if you are allergic to fish or shellfish.[Top]

Can Osteocare® Glucosamine be used simultaneously with medications?

Generally, Osteocare® Glucosamine can be taken alongside medications because it contains only moderate levels of minerals, vitamin D3, glucosamine and chondroitin. Diabetics and those using blood thinning medication should consult their doctor before using this product. For specific advice on taking Osteocare® Glucosamine with medication, we recommend that you contact your doctor or pharmacist first. As with other supplements, seek professional advice before use if you are under medical supervision, pregnant, breast-feeding of suffer from food allergies.[Top]

How and when should Osteocare® Glucosamine be used?

Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets – Two to three tablets daily is recommended with meals, with water or a cold drink. Swallow without chewing. Always ensure that Osteocare® Glucosamine is taken with plenty of liquid to wash down the tablet. We do not recommend chewing the tablets because they have not been formulated as chewable preparations. Chewable tablets usually include flavourings, sweeteners and/or added ingredients to help break the tablet up in the mouth.[Top]

How many tablets and capsules does Osteocare® Glucosamine contain?

Osteocare® Glucosamine is available in 60 tablet packs. It is recommended to take two-three tablets per day.[Top]

Are there any undesired effects whilst taking Osteocare® Glucosamine?

Osteocare® Glucosamine has no known side effects when taken as directed. Do not exceed the recommended intake.[Top]

What are the active ingredients?

Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets contain the following active ingredients per three tablets: Calcium 800 mg; Magnesium 150 mg; Zinc 15 mg; and Vitamin D3 (as D3 1000 IU) 25 mcg; Selenium 50 mcg; Copper 1mg; Manganese 0.5 mg; Glucosamine Sulphate 750mg; Chondroitin sulphate 300 mg; and Ginger extract 75mg. Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets are free from artificial colours, preservatives, gluten, lactose and yeast.[Top]

For those people who experience difficulty swallowing tablets, are there any tips or recommendations to help ease swallowing Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets?

In general calcium supplement tablets do tend to be larger than other supplements or preparations. The Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets have been specially designed with an oval, streamlined, easy to swallow shape. However, if you do have difficulty swallowing, one method is to chew some food, then place the tablet into the mouth and swallow the chewed food and tablet together, followed by plenty of liquid. The Osteocare® Glucosamine tablets themselves should not be chewed.[Top]

What is the source of calcium used in Osteocare® Glucosamine?

The calcium in Osteocare® Glucosamine is in the form of calcium carbonate, which provides the highest concentration of elemental calcium possible in a supplement. The calcium carbonate used is of high pharmaceutical grade from a natural source. To prevent possible contamination with metals such as lead, oyster calcium and bone-dolomite have not been included in the Osteocare® Glucosamine formulation.[Top]

Can calcium supplements like Osteocare® Glucosamine cause kidney stones?

It is important to select a calcium supplement which includes calcium in combination with other synergistic co-factors such as magnesium, as can be found in Osteocare® Glucosamine. The presence of the mineral magnesium, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal bones, also contributes to normal protein synthesis and electrolyte balance.[Top]

Is Osteocare® Glucosamine recommended with any other Vitabiotics product(s)?

Osteocare® Glucosamine has been carefully formulated so that it can be used in combination with many of the Vitabiotics® multivitamin and mineral product range, or other food supplements such as garlic, fish oil etc. However, for maximum results we recommend Osteocare® Glucosamine is taken at a separate time of the day, at least an hour apart from your main Vitabiotics® multivitamin supplement.[Top]

Difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules is fairly common - do you have any advice?

Difficulty in swallowing tablets is quite a common experience. Vitabiotics have researched this extensively, trying different methods, and hope that our tips will help you swallow tablets with ease.

The usual advice for those who have difficulty in swallowing tablets, is to break the tablets into 2-3 pieces, before swallowing with plenty of liquid. For capsules (which contain liquid), and in cases where people have more difficulty in swallowing tablets we recommend after chewing some food (e.g. banana), just before you swallow, pop the tablet into your mouth and swallow it together with the chewed food, followed by some liquid. The throat opens up wider automatically to swallow the chewed food and hence the tablet should go down with greater ease. Alternatively the tablets or capsules may be swallowed with thicker liquids such as yoghurts or smoothies. We hope these tips are of help.

Some Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) levels are above 100%, is this safe?

Certain vitamins are very safe at levels tens or even hundreds of times the RDA, whereas for others the safety level is much closer to the RDA. For this reason every vitamin and mineral needs to considered on an individual basis in terms of its upper safe level.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is the amount of a vitamin or mineral which has been calculated to help prevent basic deficiency states in the general population. However, certain vitamins and minerals at optimal levels, above the RDA, have consistently been shown to have positive benefits in specific areas of health. This is why some Vitabiotics formulas have certain nutrient levels greater than 100% RDA.

All Vitabiotics products has been developed using the latest research and contain effective levels of vitamins and minerals, while avoiding any excessive amounts, in accordance with official upper safe limits for vitamins and minerals.

Vitabiotics avoids 'mega dose’ levels of isolated nutrients and instead we have always stressed the importance of safe, moderate and sensible levels of vitamins and minerals, carefully balanced to maximise their combined effect; an approach which has been supported by many experts and researchers over the years.

Osteocare® Reviews

"Wonderful product for vegetarians and the liquid is great to drink. Thanks :)"

Miss C C, Singapore, Singapore

"My mother is now 80 and has needed joint support for over 10 years. About 5 years ago I started sending her Vitabiotics Jointace plus Osteocare. She recently had another round of tests and the specialists were astounded to find that her bone health is completely normal for a woman of her age!"

Mr S L, London, United Kingdom

"I have been taking 'Wellwoman Original' and 'Osteocare-Original' tablets ( at different intervals of the day) for the last 6 months. These tablets have really made a tremendous difference to my life and i have great energy levels and sense of overall wellbeing. I am very grateful to Vitabiotics for such a great range of quality products. "

Miss S H, London, United Kingdom

"I have being giving my daughter who is at the moment 3 years old now Osteocare for almost a year now and I can't believe what a difference it has made on her. She has grown quite a bit, as Osteocare provides nearly all her daily intake of calcium, plus on top of the amount of milk she has. Definitley the best thing I could have ever bought for her..."

Mrs Marie Goldwyn, Brighton, United Kingdom

"This product is GREAT!"

Mr Harpreet Singh, London, United Kingdom

"I bought Osteocare Liquid formula for my daughter from a while back, I was really pleased with it, definitely a great buy, it was so fantastic the next month I bought 5 bottles. It tasted great for all big and small kids. I am so glad that I joined Vitabiotics and my best buy is definitely the Osteocare Liquid Formula."

Ms Zaidah Parweyn, London, United Kingdom

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Always read the product directions before use. Do not exceed the recommended intake. As with other food supplements seek professional advice before using if you suffer from food allergies, and consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical condition, or if on medication. Vitamin supplements are not intended to treat or prevent any disease. Food supplements must not replace a balanced and varied diet, and a healthy lifestyle.