Product No. P0324

Chondroitin is a simple molecule that occurs naturally in the body. It is a carbohydrate polymer derived from the polymer D-glucuronic acid beta (1-3)D-N-acetyl galactosamine beta (1-4).

Chondroitin is a major component of cartilage - the tough connective tissue that cushions the joint, and helps to keep it resilient by absorbing fluid into the connective tissue. It supports healthy joint metabolism by stimulating the synthesis of hyaluronic acid (joint lubricant). Chondroitin is also believed to block damaging enzymes that can break down cartilage, and provides the components needed for cartilage to repair itself.

Studies have shown chondroitin may be a very effective treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) - a type of arthritis caused by the inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage. Chondroitin supplements have been shown to assist in lessening the pain of OA and slowing down the progression of the disease, and has been found to have virtually no side effects. It is often taken with glucosamine, which is also thought to be effective in treating OA.

Findings from studies suggest that chondroitin significantly reduces osteoarthritis pain, improves the functional status of people with hip or knee osteoarthritis, and reduces joint swelling and stiffness.

Other conditions for which chondroitin may be helpful include;

  • Pre-term labour
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis

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