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What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is produced in the human body. Supplemental forms come either as Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Glucosamine Sulfate or N-acetyl glucosamine. Chondroitin is what’s known as an glycosaminoglycan. It is also naturally made in the human body as well. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are both ...Read more found abundantly in the joints. Supplemental Glucosamine and Chondroitin are usually sourced from the cell wall of fungus and marine sources.
What does Glucosamine and Chondroitin do in the body?
Glucosamine and chondroitin are found naturally in the body and form part of the cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and synovial fluid. The cartilage is a structural part of your joints that sits on the end of your bones. It protects your bones from grating against each other and provides a smooth surface which allows free movement of the joints. It provides a smooth service and provides shock absorption. The cartilage lining can be up to 7mm thick in young adults. With age, the cartilage becomes thinner and more compressed and, sometimes in suffers of severe arthritis can be worn away completely. It is the degradation of these structures that is present in osteoarthritis.
Why do I need Glucosamine and Chondroitinin the body?
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are an essential part of cartilage. They are most often found in joint health complexes for this reason.
As we age, our joints naturally degrade. The cartilage wears away. This process can be sped up by injury or trauma to the joint. Osteoarthritis usually starts in the knees, as this is where most pressure gets put on the cartilage. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are required as a structural element of the cartilage. Glucosamine has long been associated with the regrowth of structure, while chondroitin has been associated with lowering pain levels associated to tissue damage.
How do I take Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
Glucosamine is most effective when taken in conjunction chondroitin sulphate, as well as with vitamin A and manganese. It is particularly important to those who are physically active or have a genetic disposition to osteoarthritis. It comes in the form of tablets, capsules and creams, with capsules being easier for your body to breakdown than a tablet, and creams being absorbed through the skin.
Glucosamine supplements are often made from shell fish. If you are allergic, make sure you choose a non-shellfish derived form. Chondroitin is usually derived from cattle sources. Diabetics should be careful too as glucosamine may raise your blood sugar levels. Glucosamine and Chondroitin can be taken separately or together. Often found together in tablets, capsules or liquid. They are to be taken with food once or twice per day.