Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Arthritis and Glucosamine and Chondroitin

According to scientific evidence, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate work to alleviate pain caused by arthritis. Glucosamine sulfate records the best results in studies and may represent the best choice for supplement takers.

Why use glucosamine? Based on tests done, it has been discovered that glucosamine stimulates production of cartilage-building proteins. What about chondroitin? This chemical has been shown in testing to inhibit production of cartilage-destroying enzymes and fight inflammation.

Before going forward, let’s look at what glucosamine and chondroitin are. Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are common components found in normal cartilage. These two chemicals work together to stimulate the body to make cartilage and repair tissue.

Since glucosamine and chondroitin are produced naturally by the body to create cartilage, it stands to reason that they can be beneficial to those with arthritis. Taking these substances as  supplements has been demonstrated to reduce or alleviate arthritic pain. 

So, if you suffer from arthritic pain, these supplements may be worth a try.

I have two recommendations with this.

  1. The supplements need to be taken consistently, for an extended period (not just for a few weeks, missing days). Take the remedy two or three times daily (depending on the concentration and source of the ingredients) for three months before making any decision.
  2. Take a practitioner-only brand as chemist, pharmacy and retail store brands are often of a lesser quality and concentration and do not necessarily provide the same results.

Dr Marcus Chacos
Chiropractor and Founder of the Natural Treatment of Arthritis Institute

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