Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are natural substances found in and around the cells of cartilage. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that the body produces and distributes in cartilage and other connective tissue, and chondroitin sulfate is a complex carbohydrate that helps cartilage retain water. Supplements such as Collagen JS offered by Vitopia Health can provide your body with these natural aids.
Previous studies had conflicting results on the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate as treatments for joint pain, such as that associated with osteoarthritis. However, modern studies have found that for participants with moderate-to-severe pain, glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate provided significantly greater pain relief compared with placebo.
If you have joint pains, work with your health care provider to develop a comprehensive plan for managing pain and restoring balance to the body's systems. This plan includes wellness activities such as proper nutrition, exercising, losing excess weight, and using proven pain medications prescribed by your health care provider.
Wishing you good health!
Mike Woodley, R.Ph, FAARM, FMNM