Joint Health – Chondroitin Sulfate

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Today’s topic:
Joint Health – Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate is another key structural component of joint cartilage that works hand-in-hand with hyaluronic acid and glucosamine sulfate. Just like its two partners, chondroitin sulfate also has been shown repeatedly to enhance joint health and function. For example, in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of subjects with joint discomfort due to various causes, dietary supplementation with chondroitin sulfate (1200 mg daily for 6 months) enhanced joint comfort and increased joint mobility, while also supporting the structural cushioning ability of cartilage tissue. Daily consumption of only 800 mg of chondroitin sulfate has been equally effective, although results were not apparent until after continuous supplementation for one year or more. Several groups of investigators have applied the techniques of meta-analysis to evaluate dietary supplementation with chondroitin sulfate. They have concluded that 1200 mg of chondroitin sulfate consumed daily for at least 4 months will produce noticeably improvements in joint comfort and function.9-11 Chondroitin sulfate also has a high safety profile and fits the mold of being a core nutrient for joint wellbeing.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Joint Health – Type II Collagen

References:
9. Flex Protex 215 McAlindon TE, LaValley MP, Gulin JP, Felson DT. Glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of osteoarthritis: A systematic quality assessment and meta-analysis. JAMA 2001;283:1469-1475.
10. Flex Protex 159 Pendleton A, Arden N, Dougados M, Doherty M, Bannwarth B, Bijlsma JWJ, Cluzeau F, Cooper C, Dieppe PA, Günther K-P, Häuselmann HJ, Herrero-Beaumont G, Kaklamanis PM, Leeb B, Lequesne M, Lohmander S, Mazieres B, Mola E-M, Pavelka K, Serni U, Swoboda B, Verbruggen AA, Weseloh G, Zimmermann-Gorska I. EULAR recommendations for the management of knee osteoarthritis: Report of a task force of the Standing Committee for International Clinical Studies Including Therapeutic Trials (ESCISIT). Ann Rheum Dis 2000;59:936-944.
11. Leeb BF, Schweitzer H, Montag K, Smolen JS. A meta-analysis of chondroitin sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol 2000;27:205-211.

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