Chondroitin sulphate consists of repeating chains of molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Chondroitin sulphate is a major constituent of cartilage, it provides structural support and helps keep it hydrated so that nutrients can be transported in and out, an important property, as there is no blood supply to cartilage.
What it does
- Joint Protection and Repair: chondroitin sulfate protects and aids repair of the joint tissue in many ways, including stimulating the manufacture of the most important compounds in cartilage eg. proteoglycans, collagen and glycoaminoglycans. It helps the cartilage to attract and hold onto water thus improving the shock-absorbing properties of cartilage, and inhibiting enzymes which damage joint tissue.
- Connective Tissue Injury:
Damage to cartilage and soft tissues in and around joints can be due to arthritis, but also sports injury, heavy lifting or manual work. Chondrocytes in the joint use chondroitin to produce tissue rebuilding compounds.
- Vascular Health: Arteries need to withstand the increase in blood pressure as the heart contracts and pumps blood along the arterial system. The walls of the aorta (the main artery from the heart supplying blood to the body) contain glycosaminoglycans which provide the aorta with support and elasticity as well as protection and help to repair. Glycosaminoglycans are also essential for the integrity of the vein walls. If venous tissue is weak and does not provide the proper support, the veins bulge.
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At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Chondroitin.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Chondroitin.
If you take warfarin, check with your doctor before taking chondroitin as it may increase bleeding.