What is glucosamine chondroitin?
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are naturally occurring substances found in the connective tissues of the body, including the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joints.
Glucosamine sulfate functions are the primary building block for the large molecules in cartilage that give it viscoelastic (buffering) properties. When taken orally, glucosamine sulfate is absorbed readily into the system and can be traced to cartilage as soon as four hours after consumption.
Glucosamine, also called chitosamine, helps protect joint cartilage by limiting breakdown and helping to build up levels of cartilage. Similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucosamine sulfate has been shown to have unique anti-inflammatory effects as well. It is a natural substance that is found in the covering of shellfish.
Chondroitin sulfate is part of a protein molecule that helps give cartilage its elastic properties and has also been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which can help to reduce the painful swelling in the joints that occurs when the exposed bones in the joint rub together. Chondroitin can come from natural sources, such as shark or bovine cartilage, or it can be made in a lab.
Patients suffering from degenerative joint and degenerative disc diseases show best results when taking glucosamine supplement and collagen peptides at the same time.