Benefits of Chondroitin
How Does Chondroitin Work?Chondroitin is a molecule naturally found in the human body (as well as in many animals). It 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.
Benefits of Chondroitin in ChildrenIt is not known if chondroitin supplementation is safe or beneficial for children. As with many medications or supplements, children may be more sensitive to the effects and toxicities of chondroitin. If you are interested in giving your child this supplement, make sure to discuss the risks and benefits with your child's healthcare provider.