Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance found in the body of living animals
and most concentrated in the cartilage. It is important for the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans
which when combined with hyaluronic acid create proteoglycans which form part of
the main structure of cartilage.
It is believed that chondroitin has an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as preventing
destructive enzymes from breaking down joint tissue. Chondroitin is particularly
important in ageing or damaged cartilage which is prone to accelerated destruction.
Chondroitin sulphate is normally used to treat degenerative joint disease. It consists
of a repeating chain of molecules known as mucopolysaccharides which act as a supply
of nutrients to the cartilage. Other benefits include growth stimulation (of cartilage),
improved movement of white blood cells and increased resistance to viral and bacterial
Chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are often paired together in a formula to treat
osteoarthritis (hip / elbow dysplasia) as they complement each other and facilitate
the success of one another in treatment.
It is also believed that chondroitin sulfate
has bone healing qualities and is often recommended to aid recuperation from an illness
or surgery. Most chondroitin sulphate is sourced from animal and marine cartilage.
There are many dietary supplements that contain both glucosamine and chondroitin
given their complementary effects. These supplements have been successfully used
to treat a variety of hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis and other skeletal disorders