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Friday, August 29, 2008

Chondroitin Sulfate Supplement

Most chondroitin appears to be made from extracts of cartilaginous cow and pig tissues and pig ear and nose, but other sources such as shark, fish and bird cartilage, are also used.

Chondroitin is regulated in the U.S. as a dietary supplement by the Food and Drug Administration. Which results in no guarantees that the product is correctly labelled. There are no mandatory standards for formulation.

Chondroitin Sulfate


Origin:
Chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues found in cartilage and bone. In supplements, chon­droitin sulfate usually comes from bovine trachea or pork by-products.

Dosage:
Capsules, tablets and powder; 800 mg to 1,200 mg daily in two to four divided doses. Often combined with glucosamine. Allow up to one month to notice effect.

Claims:
Reduces pain and inflammation, improves joint function and slows progression of OA.

What we know:
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.

Studies:
A large NIH trial of glucosamine and chondroitin showed that the supplements are more effective for decreasing pain when combined than alone. A study of 300 people with knee OA who received either chondroitin alone or placebo showed that chondroitin may slow progression of knee OA. A review of more than a dozen studies showed significant improvement in pain and inflammation and improved joint function. Some taking it are able to decrease NSAID dosage.


Some chondroitin tablets may contain high levels of manganese, which may be problematic with long-term use. Because chondroitin is made from bovine products, there is the remote possibility of contamination associated with mad cow disease. Chon­droitin taken with blood-thinning medication like NSAIDs may increase the risk of bleeding. If you are allergic to sulfonamides, start with a low dose of chondroitin sulfate and watch for any side effects. Other side effects include diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.
~Arthritis Foundation.

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) committee recently granted chondroitin sulfate a level of toxicity of 6 in a 0-100 scale, confirming it is one of the safest drugs for osteoarthritis. It's safety is supported by an absence of drug-drug interactions and the lack of safe alternatives for patients multi-medicated for osteoarthritis and other accompanying diseases, e.g. diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.

If you are not sure whether to take this supplement or not, ask your health care-giver. He can answer your questions and give guidance and directions.

At times, when not knowing what to do, pray, ask God. He will give you answers, guidance and directions to the doors He opens.

1 Corinthians 2:10
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Dee Andrews said...

Corry -

Y'all please pray for all of us over here on the south Mississippi gulf coast close to New Orleans that hurricane Gustav not cause near the damage that Katrina did three years ago today.

Thank you SO much, dear friend!

Cheers & Blessings to you all late this Friday evening!

Dee

August 29, 2008 10:38 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Dee,
We will remember y'all in our prayers.

We are watching it closely ourselves, since it can turn towards us as well. I pray it will vanish in to thin air before it can do any damage anywhere! :-)

Have a very blessed weekend!

God's Grace.

August 30, 2008 5:48 AM  
Blogger jel said...

Afternoon Corry,

got a question for ya,

what do you think of Vinger/honey mixed in water, to drink is that good for a person?

hope ya have agood weekend!

huggs

August 30, 2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Janice,
I had never heard of it, but from a search I found this:
2 tablespoons of Cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey, mixed in a glass of water and taken several times a day (before meals, or in between) is good for arthritis and several other conditions.
I founds some info here.

It definitely can not harm, is what I read. :-)

Have a very blessed weekend sis!

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

August 30, 2008 3:45 PM  
Blogger jel said...

thanks Corry, ;)

August 31, 2008 5:17 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Janice,
Most welcome sis. Thanks for asking. I learned something, hehe.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

August 31, 2008 5:53 PM  
Anonymous ron said...

Hi Corry,

I'm a firm believer in glycosomine and choindroton ! I take 1500 miligrams of each every day ? 5 weeks ago I gave out and had to wait 3 weeks before I could get some more ? My joints in my legs and arms and left hip was starting to hurt and cause problems of getting sore ? I started to taking it again and my problems went away ? I have been using it for about 5 years ? Good Stuff ?

Blessings.
Grandpaw .

August 31, 2008 9:13 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Thank you so much for the info, Corry Lieve Zus =)

September 01, 2008 3:13 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Grandpaw,
I am so thankful it is helping you. We hope you are doing well. The weather is ok. Lots of rain and tornado warnings, but we are prepared to dive into the bathroom if needed.

Thanks so much for the call and the offer. We appreciated both very much.:-)

Have a very blessed Labor Day!

Audrey,
You are most welcome, Lieve Zus! I hope it helps.

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

September 01, 2008 9:41 AM  
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December 24, 2008 4:57 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Saffron.nine,
Thanks so much. If you leave me the links to your blog, I will put them up on my blog.:-)

God's Grace.

December 25, 2008 7:42 PM  

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