What are Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate?
The common treatment methods previously listed do not change the progression of osteoarthritis. Because the breakdown of cartilage is a significant part of osteoarthritis, researchers have been focusing their efforts on finding agents to prevent this breakdown. Glucosamine and chondroitin are two of the most well-known nutritional supplements linked to treating osteoarthritis. A number of past studies have come to mixed conclusions — some finding that people felt better taking glucosamine and/or chondroitin, while just as many have found no benefit.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are compounds of normal cartilage. These nutritional supplements are available in pharmacies and health food stores without a prescription. They are the building blocks for cartilage. The supplements are well-tolerated and safe. Because these supplements stimulate the production of new cartilage components, it is thought that the supplements may be able to help the body repair damaged cartilage.
How Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate Can Help Osteoarthritis
It has not been proved that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates rebuild cartilage. However, there is evidence that these compounds reduce pain from osteoarthritis, and hopefully slow down the progress of osteoarthritis usually within several weeks to months after initiating therapy.
The supplements are marketed under different names, with different strengths. The recommended dosage is 1,500 mg/day. It usually costs about $30/month to take the recommended dosage. If you have any additional questions regarding glucosamine and chondroitin please contact us.