What is GlucosaGreen


By utilising this innovative technology, GlucosaGreen offers a premium quality product with minimal impact on the environment 

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Shellfish Glucosamine

Most glucosamine products are derived from shellfish. This has many disadvantages and destructive consequences for the environment. 

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Glucosagreen – Technology

GlucosaGreen® is the world’s first commercially available glucosamine produced by a revolutionary, patent-pending direct fermentation process technology.

This technology is expected to revolutionize the global glucosamine market. This extremely efficient technology effectively addresses the challenges inherent in chitin-derived shellfish production, the most important being environmental pollution.

According to TSI’s CEO Joe Zhou, “The direct fermentation manufacturing technology that supports GlucosaGreen is considered ‘disruptive’ since it effectively addresses and offers efficient solutions to all of the challenges inherent in shellfish derived chitin production processes. The GlucosaGreen process is a totally transparent, fully traceable, cost effective and an environmental-friendly solution for brands and ultimately the consumer.”

Instead of using shellfish as the raw material, GlucosaGreen’s starting material is glucose. The glucose is derived from an easily available vegetable source; non-GMO corn.

From here, the fermentation process uses a micro-organism as a processing aid. The technology very efficiently transforms glucose into glucosamine. GlucosaGreen is a proprietary ingredient, developed using a patent-pending technology.


Advantages of GlucosaGreen®

The key advantage of Glucosagreen is that by utilising this innovative technology, we are able to produce glucosamine, to the same high-quality standard as shellfish glucosamine, but without damaging the environment. The process to manufacture glucosamine from shellfish requires a huge amount of chemicals and this in turn generates vast amounts of toxic waste water.

GlucosaGreen® only generates 10 metric tons of waste water to produce 1 metric ton of Glucosamine HCl, or approximately only 2% of shellfish derived Glucosamine waste. This small amount is easily treated in our facility for environmental protection.

The manufacturing process requires a lot of inputs to generate glucosamine, and also produces waste byproducts. As you can see by the input and waste byproduct graphs below, GlucosaGreen® truly is the environmentally responsible glucosamine choice when compared to other glucosamine alternatives.

Vegan friendly

A suitable option for anyone with an allergy to shellfish

Able to provide full supply chain transparency and traceability

Safe: Safety and toxicity tested and verified, facility cGMP compliant

Animal friendly

Able to provide a sustainable, stable supply by using a food grade, non-GMO, vegetable source, which is in abundant supply, as the starting raw material. GlucosaGreen® is not dependent on a fragmented supply of crustacean shells or a limited quantity of citric acid biomass waste stream

A vegetal (non-animal) product, and so has none of the impurity risks of animal products

A clean and efficient production process

Available in all glucosamine salt forms to meet individual needs

GlucosaGreen is available in many salt forms to meet a range of requirements

Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine Hydrochloride

N-Acetyl-D Glucosamine

GlucosaGreen is also available in a selection of formats, including powders with an array of particle sizes, and exclusive DC granules which are used to make premium tablets via direct compression.


Shellfish Glucosamine

Citric Biomass / Aspergillus Niger Glucosamine

The other method used to produce glucosamine is derived from using the biomass from aspergillus niger. This is a fungus that has an outer shell rich in chitin similar to what is found in crustacean shells. This has traditionally been used for people who are allergic to shellfish or who follow a vegan diet. However, it also has significant deficiencies and comes at a high cost to the environment.


GlucosaGreen vs Traditional Glucosamine

Saves Water

Shellfish glucosamine manufacturing requires 480 – 500 MT’s of clean water to make 1 MT of glucosamine HCI. GlucosaGreen only requires 2 MT’s of clean water to produce the same amount of glucosamine. That’s 99.9% less water!

Reduce Solid Waste

Producing 1 MT of traditional shellfish glucosamine requires 30 – 40 MT’s of shellfish shells, and creates 5 – 6 MT’s of solid waste. GlucosaGreen is shellfish free and produces significantly less solid waste.

Produces Less Harmful Gases

The GlucosaGreen® manufacturing process requires significantly less chemicals and thus less air pollution is created compared to shellfish glucosamine.

Put it in perspective

500 MT’s of water is enough to fill about one-fifth of an Olympic swimming pool!

Regulatory Compliance and Quality

Verified by laboratory testing to demonstrate bioequivalence to all forms of shellfish glucosamine
Manufactured to the highest cGMP standards
Non-GMO, shellfish-free and allergen free
USP, JP and EP Compendial grades available
Available in all glucosamine salt forms
Available in ingredient and finished dosage form
GRAS affirmed
EU Novel food approval

Environmental Damage

Shellfish manufacturing severely impacts the environment due to excessive waste outputs from the chemical manufacturing process.

  • The current shellfish model is destructive and harming our planet.
  • China produce over 90% of the world’s glucosamine. Due to the high amount of waste water generated, lack of treatment capability and capacity, and high costs to treat such vast amounts of waste, this has been directly dumped into the environment for over twenty years and still continues today.
  • The environmental damage is vividly evident in the surrounding areas of shellfish glucosamine manufacturers, with constant polluted water, acid fog, and corrosion of surrounding buildings.

Environmental Protection

Due to the environmental damage that manufacturing has caused in China, the Chinese government has been enforcing stricter environmental protection policies since 2016. These policies have been felt across many industries, with some factories having to close because they do not have proper treatment facilities. The manufacture of glucosamine is a typical example, with hundreds of small and medium size factories having to shut down recently. While this new focus on the environment is a positive step towards a more sustainable global future, it has left many industries facing heavy price increases and uncertain, fragmented and unreliable supply chains. With GlucosaGreen being derived from a readily available vegetable source, and manufactured via environmentally-friendly methods, consumers and brand partners can be reassured of a stable, high-quality supply of glucosamine.

Frequently asked questions

About GlucosaGreen

Is the quality of GlucosaGreen the same as shellfish glucosamine?

Yes, GlucosaGreen has been tested and validated to be equivalent to all forms of shellfish glucosamine. In fact, because it is not subject to the variables that can arise from varying quality of animal-origin products, GlucosaGreen is consistently manufactured to the highest quality standards.

Is GlucosaGreen safe?

Yes, glucosamine is generally recognised as a safe and well tolerated dietary supplement. Some individuals have reported mild side effects such as an upset stomach, and so it is recommended to take glucosamine with food to help avoid this. GlucosaGreen has been validated to be bioequivalent to all other forms of approved glucosamine, and so has the same favourable, safety and tolerability profile as other dietary glucosamine.

Is GlucosaGreen Non-GMO

Yes, GlucosaGreen is manufactured using non-genetically modified corn, and is a non-GMO certified product.

Is GlucosaGreen vegan friendly

Yes, the raw material used to develop GlucosaGreen is corn. Additionally, the manufacturing process does not utilise any animal products, and so is vegan friendly.

Can you get glucosamine naturally from food?

The only food source known to contain glucosamine are the shells of shellfish. However, as the shells of shrimp, crab and lobster are difficult to eat, most people prefer supplementation.
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