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. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are both found abundantly in the joints. Supplemental Glucosamine and Chondroitin is usually sourced from the cell wall of fungus and marine sources.
What does Glucosamine and Chondroitin do in the body?
Glucosamine and Chondroitin form part of cartilage. 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.
Why do I need Glucosamine and Chondroitin do in the body?
Glucosamine and Chondroitin is 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. Knees are often affected, as this is where most pressure gets put on the cartilage. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are required as a structural element of the cartilage.
How do I take Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
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. Be careful of chondroitin if you have a shell fish allergy.