Glucosamine (GL) C6H13NO5 and Chondroitin (CH) C13 H21 NO 15 S are nutritional supplements, they are helpful in relieving off joint pain by restoring cartilages or relieving joint damage, the condition is associated with osteoarthritis (OA).
Chondroitin (CH) C13 H21NO15S is obtained from the natural sources such as bovine cartilage, shark cartilage and cow cartilage. It is also manufactured in the lab. Chondroitin is also found as chondroitin sulfate, chonsurid and as chondroitin sulfuric acid. Chondroitin Sulfate is a compounding of chondroitin and the mineral salt.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are available in the market in the forms of powder, capsule, tablet or in the liquid form. The two, Glucosamine and Chondroitin are mainly taken with each other or in sequence with other dietary supplements. In some rare cases, glucosamine is taken separately without taking other dietary supplements.
Chondroitin is used together other supplements such as glucosamine sulfate, manganese ascorbate, N-acetyl glucosamine and glucosamine hydrochloride. Chondroitin is used together with glucosamine in easing pain caused by arthritis.
The composition is largely Chondroitin Sulfate; it is mainly used together with Glucosamine in managing osteoarthritis. The composition also includes manganese ascorbate which acts as a catalyst in the production of proteoglycans and collagen from glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.
Chondroitin adds value to the human body in many ways, especially in the management of osteoarthritis. Chondroitin is safe for the human body and it is associated with limited side effects.
Chondroitin sulfate has a high absorbability rate in the human body, it can be traced to the human cartilage four hours after taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin, they act as a buffer or cushion on the joints, hence reducing the effects of arthritis.
There are many ways of extracting chondroitin, one of the most common methods involves extracting cartilage with two percentage of sodium hydroxide, and the next step involves removing the proteins.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are largely compatible and used in togetherness in managing arthritis, especially on the knees.
Chondroitin has a validity of three years.
RDA - Recommended Dietary Allowance for chondroitin is two capsules in each day, taken once or twice in a day. Daily dosage should not exceed 1000 mg – 1200 mg. It can be taken with meals. Chondroitin is best served as a supplement in togetherness with Glucosamine, in the management of osteoarthritis.
The Side effects associated with chondroitin are nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea and increased intestinal gas. There are many benefits associated with Chondroitin, in togetherness with glucosamine, they increase the fluid and the cartilage on the joints and help in managing arthritis.