Chondroitin Supplement Information
One of the most touted supplements for arthritis is chondroitin. Chondroitin is a molecule naturally found in the human body and is part of a group of large molecules known as glycosaminoglycans. Researchers believe that chondroitin might work for arthritis in several ways, such as:
- Inhibiting a cartilage-damaging enzyme known as leukocyte elastase
- Decreasing inflammation by changing the way certain white blood cells respond to various chemical signals
- Increasing the production of hyaluronic acid, a component of synovial fluid (the lubricating fluid in joints) and of cartilage.
More research is needed before we can say for sure that this supplement is really beneficial as an arthritis treatment. This product is typically safe for most people; however, those with asthma, a bleeding disorder, or prostate cancer should talk to their healthcare provider before taking it. In addition, side effects are possible; common ones may include nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
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