Naturally occurring molecule in the body that is often supplemented to ease joint pain (osteoarthritis) and inflammation.
What Is It?
Chondroitin sulfate is a molecule found naturally in the body. It isa major component of cartilage, the tough, connective tissue that cushions the joints. Chondroitinis often used to treat joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, and problems with the chewing muscles and joint.
What Does It Do?
Chondroitin has been investigated in numerous clinical trials as an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. Chondroitin helps maintain healthy cartilage healthy by absorbing fluid (particularly water) into the connective tissue.
Additional studies suggest it may also block certain enzymes that break down cartilage. Chondroitin also provides the building blocks required for the production of new cartilage in the body.
However, the research is far from conclusive on chondroitin. Several clinical trials have shown conflicting or inconclusive results. The largest review in 2006 did not show chondroitin reduced knee pain or helped repair/grow new cartilage.
Benefits of Chondroitin Sulfate
- Reduces joint pain
- Improves joint function
- Reduces swelling around joints
- Relives joint stiffness
- Improves symptoms of osteoarthritis
Chondroitin is usually administered either as 400 mg, 3 times a day or 600 mg, 2 times a day, for a total intake of 1200mg daily.
Aching joints are a necessary of aging and an active lifestyle. Optimizing joint health is a top priority for anyone looking to continue to live a pain free, highly active lifestyle. Chondroitin is one of the many supplements that may offer relief and improve the cushioning of your joints. If you've been suffering from swollen or painful joints, and looking for some relief, consider adding chondroitin to your daily supplement intake.