Latin Name: Sodium
Common Name: Chondroitin Sulfate
Chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues found in cartilage and bone. In supplements, it usually comes from animal cartilage. Claims: Reduces pain and inflammation, improves joint function and slows progression of osteoarthritis (OA).
Believed to enhance the shock-absorbing properties of collagen and block enzymes that break down cartilage. Helps cartilage retain water and may reverse cartilage loss when used with glucosamine.
Animal cartilage is the primary commercial source of chondroitin sulfate, especially the ears, nose and trachea. Cartilage from birds, sharks and other fish are also used to produce chondroitin sulfate. The precise composition of chondroitin sulfate supplements varies considerably, since it isnt a specific substance.