Natural Nutritional Supplement
If you suffer from stiff, aching and inflamed joints and the pain and discomforts of arthritis, tendonitis or osteoarthritis, try supplemental Chondroitin Sulfate. It helps to facilitate mobility and flexibility and cushions, lubricates and soothes sore joints. When taken in conjunction with Glucosamine Sulfate, its beneficial effects as an anti-inflammatory are enhanced.
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Chondroitin is one of a group of substances classified as glycosaminoglycans (sometimes called mucopolysaccharides), which are complex types of carbohydrate molecules. Chondroitin is an important element for the creation of cartilage, the tough, yet flexible, connective tissue found in the joints that cushions and protects them. Cartilage can also be found in other parts of the body, including the tips of our noses and on our outer ears. The glycosaminoglycans attach to proteins, such as collagen and elastin, forming even more complex substances called proteoglycans, an essential component in cartilage tissue. Chondroitin attracts water to the proteoglycans and holds it there, which is vital for maintaining healthy cartilage. It can also protect existing cartilage from premature degeneration by blocking certain enzymes that not only destroy the crucial cartilage, but also inhibit nutrients that can repair cartilage. Fine supplemental sources of Chrondroitin are usually derived from cow-trachea cartilage or powdered shark cartilage.
Chondroitin Sulfate helps to promote elasticity, soothe and lubricate joints, as well as provide pain relief in cases of arthritis and the pain of aching joints without the problems associated with taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are commonly prescribed for people with arthritis and joint pain.
Chrondroitin Sulfate is said to demonstrate considerably less risk of causing stomach irritation and other gastric upsets than aspirin.
Chondroitin Sulfate is well-absorbed (up to fifteen percent intact), and when used in conjunction with Glucosamine Sulfate (another compound key to cartilage formation and repair), its anti-inflammatory benefits are said to work even more efficiently, particularly when treating osteoarthritis.
Because Chondroitin Sulfate is important for maintaining healthy joint cartilage, it is said to be potentially important in improving mobility in wrists, ankles, spine and fingers. It not only protects existing cartilage, but also facilitates the transport of nutrients to the cartilage for repair.
Chondroitin Sulfate is considered a nutritional support for strengthening joints, ligaments and tendons and has been helpful in easing the discomforts of temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), as well as tendonitis and the joint stress brought about by repetitive motion.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements have been associated with reduced risk of lung cancer and total mortality, and in 2013, a study from the Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, found that Glucosamine and Chondroitin may have the potential to guard against colorectal cancer, suggesting that that Glucosamine, together with Chondroitin, may act as an anti-inflammatory to offset the development of colorectal cancer.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin were both mentioned in an article from the American Academy of Family Physicians regarding usefulness as alternative therapies for Osteoarthritis. Click below to read the article from the American Academy of Family Physicians' website on "Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Osteoarthritis."
If you are taking anticoagulants or daily aspirin, use Chondroitin Sulfate carefully, as it is chemically similar to heparin (blood thinner). Pregnant women should advise their physicians before taking, but thus far there have been no other warnings or contraindications with the use of this product.