Glucosamine and chondroitin are safe, natural and effective compounds that support healthy joint function by supplying the materials needed to produce collagen and proteoglycans. This combination has become legendary, and over the past decade, has been successfully used by millions of individuals on a worldwide scale.
Working together, these two structural support compounds have been shown in hundreds of clinical studies to safely provide many of the key building blocks needed for the proper, normal formation of articular cartilage.*
Let’s examine each one more closely.
Glucosamine is composed of glucose (a sugar) and glutamine (an amino acid). It is utilized by chondrocytes to form glycosaminoglycans (GSG) and proteoglycans (PG). Both of these constituents attract and bind water into cartilage, increasing resiliency. Research indicates that glucosamine assists the body in repairing damaged, eroded cartilage tissues. Many studies have been conducted on glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, with primarily positive results. Glucosamine sulfate is considered as the more effective of the two.*
Chondroitin is classified as a glycosaminoglycan (GAG). It bonds with collagen to form the basis of connective tissue. Chondroitin helps attract fluid into proteoglycans, thereby bringing nutrients into cartilage and providing shock absorption. While glucosamine helps manufacture and maintain cartilage, chondroitin keeps cartilage from becoming malnourished.
Chondroitin works synergistically with glucosamine, and together, they form the basis of many of the industry’s most popular joint support supplements.*