Glucosamine and chondroitin are two supplements that have been shown in numerous clinical studies to benefit joint health. In comparison to aspirin and anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), which have been shown to actually accelerate joint destruction, glucosamine and chondroitin both go to the root of the problem.
Glucosamine plays an important role in the biosynthesis of numerous compounds that form many of the body's tissues. Normally, the body generates glucosamine sulfate from glucose. However, factors that inhibit its production -- such as age, trauma or faulty glucosamine metabolism -- can result in a deficiency that impacts cartilage, ligaments, tendons, mucous membranes, synovial fluid, blood vessels and more.
Glucosamine is also a necessary ingredient in the cushioning material of connective tissue, the synovial fluid. It helps maintain the thickness and elasticity of synovial fluid in joints and vertebrae. Without it, joints can become damaged. Bones and cartilage can scrape against each other.
Numerous studies of glucosamine have shown remarkable results and have lead physicans around the world to recommend glucosamine sulfate for joint problems.
In one controlled study, 30 patients suffering from joint problems were divided into two groups. One group received glucosamine sulfate injections for 7 days, followed by oral glucosamine sulfate supplementation for 14 days (1,500 mg/day). The other group received daily injections of a commonly prescribed arthritis drug for 7 days and a placebo for 14 days.In both groups, symptoms improved during the initial phase of injections. But improvements were more significant in the glucosamine group. After 21 days, the total symptom score of the glucosamine group had improved by 71%, while the placebo group showed little change.
Chondroitin sulfate is commonly taken in conjunction with glucosamine and may work synergistically with glucosamine sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is a fundamental component of cartilage. It is a proteoglycan found in tissues throughout the body and is part of the matrix of collagen and elastic fibers that help retain water and maintain cartilage resistance and elasticity.
Several clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have shown benefits from oral administration of chondroitin sulfate on joint health. In one meta-analysis of 7 randominzed, double-blind trials, people with joint problems in the hip or knee were given chondroitin sulfate for at least three months. Those taking the supplement reported a reduction in joint discomfort and NSAID consumption compared with those taking a placebo.
With both supplements, long term positive results have been seen, usually within one month. Experts suggest the combination is best taken in a ratio of 5 to 4: 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate to 1,200 mg of chondroitin sulfate for a 120-200 lb. person. To gain benefits, only the sufate forms should be used, not the less expensive HCl form.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin are the building blocks of healthy joints and tissues. We use the sulfate forms in a preferred 1500 mg to 1200 mg ratio, the same amounts used in clinical studies. Our glucosamine is potassium (2KCl) stabilized to reduce sodium levels.*
It's excellent for all joints including wrists, hands, neck, back, hips, knees, ankles and feet!* Individual resuls may vary.
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