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The Importance of Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate is a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) naturally present in many body tissues, and is an especially important component of joint cartilage and synovial tissue. Chondroitin promotes water retention within the joint, giving it resiliency by acting as a lubricant and a means to absorb shock. This nutrient thus helps to support the maintenance of healthy, flexible joint tissue and promotes proper joint mobility and comfort.

The Role of Chondroitin in Joint Health

Joints are places where bones come together, and they are held together by ligaments. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that attach one bone to another. There is also a small amount of fluid between joints - this helps lubricate them so that they can move easily. The main function of joints is to help the body move.

Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. It allows the bones to move smoothly over each other and acts as a shock absorber for the whole body. inside each cartilage cell is something called a matrix. The matrix contains proteins, including collagen, that give the cartilage its strength and elasticity (the ability to return to its original shape after being stretched or compressed). The ability of cartilage to resist compressive forces gets reduced as we age. This makes us more susceptible towards developing osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis). Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage breaks down and wears away completely leaving bone on bone contact. In addition to age, obesity, joint injury, and repetitive use of certain joints (for example, due to your occupation) can increase your risk for developing osteoarthritis.

How Does Chondroitin Sulfate Help?

As we age, our bodies produce less GAGs which results in thinner cartilage with less water content. This makes the cartilage more fragile and less able to resist compressive forces. Supplementing with chondroitin sulfate can help maintain healthy levels of GAGs in our bodies, thereby promoting healthy cartilage and joints. A clinical study published in 2007 demonstrated that chondroitin was effective in relieving pain and improving physical function in people with knee osteoarthritis.* Another study found that chondroitin combined with glucosamine was more effective than either one used alone.*

In Summary:

Chondroitin sulfate is an important nutrient for maintaining healthy joints and supporting proper joint mobility and comfort as we age. If you are looking for ways to support your joints, consider supplementing with chondroitin sulfate.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Suggested Usage: Take 2 capsules 1 to 3 times daily.

Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 2 Capsules

Servings Per Container: 60

Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value

Sodium 110 mg 5%

Chondroitin Sodium Sulfate (from Bovine Cartilage) (BSE-free) 1.2 g (1,200 mg)

†Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Bovine Gelatin (BSE-free) (capsule), Rice Flour and Stearic Acid (vegetable source).

Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.

Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children.

Natural color variation may occur in this product.

Made and quality tested in the USA with globally sourced ingredients.

Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

Family owned since 1968.

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