Chondroitin Sulfates are long chains of repeating sugars. They attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules, which acts as a spongy shock absorber for the joints. They also bring nutrients into the cartilage for nourishment and lubrication. Taken with Glucosamine, Glucosamine helps to form the proteoglycans that sit within the spaces in the netting of the cartilage holding natural fluids in place within the joint. Therefore, Chondroitin and Glucosamine work so well together. One attracts the natural fluids needed and the other holds them in place.
Used together with Glucosamine, it provides a new alternative therapy for osteoarthritis. This product is cheaper than traditional prescription therapy and is available over the counter.
Osteoarthritis accounts for about half of all arthritis cases, with the main symptoms including joint pain concentrated in the knees and hips. If left untreated, many osteoarthritis patients eventually face total joint replacement or disability.
Chondroitin is especially beneficial in the prevention and recovery of joint related injuries and in eliminating the pain of arthritis. An additional benefit of Chondroitin is that it can also protect existing cartilage from a premature breakdown. It does this by inhibiting certain enzymes that destroy cartilage and enzymes that prevent the transport of necessary nutrients. Since these are substances we already consume and produce in much smaller quantities in our bodies naturally, they have no known significant side effects.