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          Blog post number two!  (I have to admit my webmaster, i.e. lovely wife, has been posting as well and a big help behind the scenes.) So here it goes- I want to share today about glucosamine and chondroitin.  These are two of the most widely talked about and researched supplements in the area of arthritis.  This is because they have helped many people and animals alike.  You read that right animals and people.  Veterinarians first used glucosamine and chondroitin on horses with great results.  Dogs were tested successfully next.  Eventually people began taking them; and as the trend predicts, they showed positive results as well .

Let’s talk a little about glucosamine.  Glucosamine as the name suggests comes from combining a sugar or glucose and the amino acid glutamine.  Consequently, diets low in carbohydrates don’t have enough glucose to properly fuel the brain or make glucosamine.  If you are on a low or no-carb diet like Atkins, you may notice not only a brain fog but also achy joints.  Interestingly glucosamine is found in different body tissues including tendons, ligaments, cartilage, synovial membranes, blood vessels, and heart valves.  As it relates to arthritis, the most significant area is the articular cartilage found within body joints.  The articular cartilage glucosamine is used to synthesize macromolecules which become a major component of the articular cartilage.  Glucosamine works to help bring building block nutrients into the articular cartilage to help repair degenerative damage and build new cartilage.

 

  Glucosamine’s partner in fighting the evil force of arthritis is chondroitin.  Like glucosamine, chondroitin is a sugar; however, it is a mucopolysaccharide.  This means it’s a long chain of natural sugars and is much larger than glucoamine.  Chondroitin is also found in all organ systems of the body including the soft tissue and has the ability to help joints.  Chondroitin helps articular cartilage to imbibe or absorb water.  By doing this it irrigates the cartilage, and the sponginess it creates protects the joints from pain.  In addition, chondroitin has been shown to help prevent abnormal movement of blood across blood vessel walls in the bladder and helps reduce edema or swelling during rehabilitation.

To summarize, glucosamine helps repair damaged cartilage and build new cartilage, while chondroitin helps the cartilage absorb water so the joints can maintain the cushion they need.   I know I have you all excited about glucosamine and chondroitin now but alas I must sign off.  Stay tuned for the next post about the difference between glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and HCL and to find the best sources where you can get these supplements.  If you can’t wait or have any other questions on arthritis and nutrition support, please call me at 570-784-2529.

 

Dr. Lance Seesholtz
drlance@seesholtzchiropractic.com
www.seesholtzchiropractic.com

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