Building blocks for healthy joints.
Chondroitin sulfate is a long-chain sugar molecule that is found in joints
and connective tissues.
We don't usually eat the joint gristle in meat but a vital chemical in this
material is available as a nutritional supplement. Although most studies
on Chondroitin have used injections, experienced has shown that when oral
chondroitin supplements are consumed, the body can use a significant percentage
of it to rebuild damaged, inflamed and painful joints such as those found
Large molecules called proteoglycans provide strength and flexibility to
That is why the gristle around joints in meat is so tough to chew.
Chondroitin sulfate works with proteoglycans to build a tissue matrix that
attracts and holds fluid to absorb physical impact stresses. When these
pockets of fluid absorb stress, they protect the rest of the joint tissue
from being damaged by the wear and tear of daily activity.
In addition, because the body gradually exchanges the fluid, fresh nutrients
are constantly brought in to nourish the joint tissues. The function of
chondroitin is to attract and hold these fluids.
Besides being a simple building block, chondroitin also inhibits the enzymes
that destroy cartilage and improves the ability of nutrients circulating
in the blood to reach cartilage tissue.
Nature's Sunshine recommends using chondroitin in combination with glucossamine.
See also the "Everflex" file.
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