What Are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:09 PM

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine instructs that glucosamine and chondroitin are structural components of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints. Both are produced naturally in the body. They are also available as dietary supplements. Researchers have studied the effects of these supplements, individually or in combination, on osteoarthritis, a common type of arthritis that destroys cartilage in the joints.

Cartilage is the connective tissue that cushions the ends of bones within the joints. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage between the bones of a joint wears down. This allows the bones to rub together, which can cause pain and swelling and make it difficult to move the joint. The knees, hips, spine, and hands are the parts of the body most likely to be affected by osteoarthritis.

For more information about osteoarthritis, visit the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Web site at www.niams.nih.gov. For more information on complementary health approaches for osteoarthritis, see the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) fact sheet Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Approaches.

Source:  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/glucosaminechondroitin?nav=rss and http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chondroitin?nav=rss