Arthritis sufferers should welcome the release of a new product Glucosamine and Chondroitin. The product may sound complex but the reason it is reported to be effective is quite simple.
Both elements are two complex sugar-like molecules that, when combined with Vitamin C, are seen as essential for the health and function of cartilage.
- Glucosamine is a natural substance found in the body, largely in the cartilage. It is an important part of the mucopolysaccharides which form the proteoglycans that provide structure to the bones, cartilage, skin, nails, hair and other body tissues. It is thus essential for healthy cartilage and to maintain healthy joins and pain-free mobility.
- Chondroitin, formed from a long chain of sugar molecules, acts like a “liquid magnet” helping to attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules. The fluid acts as a spongy shock absorber and sweeps nutrients into the cartilage. Joint cartilage has no blood supply that means its nourishment and lubrication comes from the liquid that enters and leaves the cartilage as pressure is applied to the joint.
As the result of injury or even simply part of the aging process, joint function is often impaired when cartilage, the protective covering at the end of the bones, breaks down. This loss of cartilage can lead to damage to the bone and eventually the development of osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease resulting in pain and disability.
Recent research suggests that the health and function of the cartilage depend on the availability of special nutrients including Vitamin C and Glucosamine and Chondroitin. When taken in the diet glucosamine and chondroitin actually help to rebuild cartilage, improve joint health, and reduce the problems associated with cartilage breakdown and even osteoarthritis.
Tips to maximize the benefits of Glucosamine (GS) and Chondroitin (CS) Sulfates
- Begin with 1250mg of GS and 1000mg of CS daily, taken in divided amounts or with a meal.
- If there is no obvious response after one month, double the dose for another month. When results are achieved, dosage can be reduced, even to half the basic level, as long as the results are maintained.
- Because zinc, manganese, copper and selenium plus iron and magnesium together with Vitamins C and E and the B complex are important to bone health, make sure these are included in your diet, either from foods or supplements.
- Engage in mild to moderate exercise on a regular basis to help maintain joint flexibility.