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Chondroitin
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Why chondroitin is good for you

Chondroitin is found in connective tissue and specifically in the cartilage, which cushions joints from injury. The main benefit of chondroitin is its ability to attract water into the tissue, which allows nutrients in and makes the tissue more shock-absorbent.

Chondroitin also protects cartilage from deterioration by blocking enzymes that weaken it and by its water and nutrient attracting abilities.

Chondroitin is found abundantly in the skin and in heart tissue.

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Important chondroitin facts

  • Chondroitin works even better if taken with glucosamine to repair cartilage in the body
  • Chondroitin helps cartilage retain water
  • Chondroitin naturally exists in the body, but it is worn down after years of usages, so older people have less than younger people

 

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Types of chondroitin supplementation

Chondroitin is available in the following forms:

People who wish to take a chondroitin supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

 

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Chondroitin supplementation checklist

 

Chondroitin and health

  • Osteoarthritis - several studies have shown that chondroitin significantly decreases joint pain and reduces inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. In particular, the NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) showed that about 70% of people taking the chondroitin and glucosamine supplement experienced significant pain relief

People who wish to take a chondroitin supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Chondroitin in food

Chondroitin is found in cartilage in the body.

Chondroitin is also found in shark cartilage.

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How to take chondroitin

Dosage of chondroitin depends on the condition that is being treated. A medical doctor and/or alternative health care provider can advise on individual cases - this information is provided as a guide only:

lifestage age Amount (per day)
INFANTS 0-12mths No recommended
CHILDREN 4-8yrs No recommended
CHILDREN 4-8yrs Seek medical advice on dosage before taking it
CHILDREN 9-18yrs
Seek medical advice on dosage before taking it
ADULTS 19-50yrs
Osteoarthritis
400mg twice a day
SENIORS 51+yrs Osteoarthritis
400mg twice a day
PREGNANT   No recommended
LACTATING   No recommended

People who wish to take an chondroitin supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Chondroitin works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for chondroitin

Generally chondroitin rarely has side effects if used at the recommended dosage. Some of the common (and mild) side effects that have been reported are:

Some rare side effects that have been reported - swelling of lower limbs, irregular heartbeat, eyelid swelling and hair loss.

No information on overdosage is available.

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Last reviewed: 1 January 2010 || Last updated: 1 January 2010

 

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  • Arthritis (health conditions)
  • Glucosamine
  • Osteoarthritis (health conditions)

 

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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.