Joint pains and aches are common conditions, and can be caused by the wear and tear of cartilage - the cushion between the bones in a joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin form part of this cartilage, and these can be taken in supplement form, from naturally occurring or synthetic sources. In this section, we offer a wide selection of chondroitin and glucosamine supplements that you can buy online and have couriered straight to your door. What is glucosamine?
| What is chondroitin?
| Sources for supplementation
| Main use of supplements
| Risk factors
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What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is one of the building blocks of the cartilage, which covers and protects the ends of the bones. It is a natural sugar produced by the body that acts as a cushion between the bones in joints and allows the bones to move smoothly against each other.
What is chondroitin?
Chondroitin, like glucosamine is also a natural substance found in the body. Its main function is to draw water and nutrients into the cartilage in order to help keep it spongy and healthy.
What are the sources of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements?
Glucosamine comes from crab, lobster or shrimp shells and some plants whilst chondroitin comes from bovine (young cow) or shark cartilage. When made into a supplement, these are either made into tablets or liquid and are often combined. These can also be made in a lab from synthetic sources.
What is the main use of these two nutrients?
If taken as a supplement, its main use is to assist those who suffer from osteoarthritis. If you have this condition you should consult your doctor before embarking on a course of supplements.
Are there any risk factors in taking these supplements?
For Glucosamine, people with seafood allergies need to check if the supplement is made with shellfish. Otherwise, it is best to opt for products that are formulated using non-shellfish sources. Individuals with the following conditions should also take extra precautions:
Those who take warfarin or other blood thinning medicine.
Those with diabetes, since it is a type of sugar. It is best to check with your doctor before taking glucosamine.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not safe to take it.
Chondroitin may not be advisable for those taking blood thinning medicine like warfarin. It may also cause occasional stomach upset. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.