These two supplements are the basis of the program recommended by Jason Theodosakis, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. in his best selling book "The Arthritis Cure".
Osteoarthritis afflicts countless millions of people worldwide, including more than 50 million Americans.
Men are more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis than are women up to the age of 45, perhaps because men tend to engage in more strenuous physical activities. From age 45 to 55, however, men and women begin to suffer equally, while women are more likely to be victims after the age of 55. Not only is osteoarthritis more frequent in women age 55 or older, it is also more severe. Millions of women of all ages have osteoarthritis and are affected twice as often as men.
Glucosamine stimulates the manufacture of collage, which is the protein portion of a fibrous substance that holds joints together. Collagen is also the main component of the shock-absorbing cushion called articular cartilage - the white smooth surface which covers the ends of body joints in the fingers, wrists, knees, etc.
Glycosamine helps bind water in the cartilage matrix. It has also been shown to help produce more collagen and also normalizes cartilage metabolism, which helps to keep the cartilage from breaking down. Glycosamine can actually "jump-start" the production of the cartilage's key elements and can also protect these same elements. Glycosamine can help the body repair eroded and damaged cartilage.
Glycosamine not only stimulates the production of cartilage but it can also improve joint function and help reduce the pain of those suffering from osteoarthritis. Double-blind studies summarized in Dr.Theodosakis' book show repeatedly the benefits to patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Symptoms such as joint tenderness, pain on standing, pain on walking, joint swelling and spontaneous pain were reduced.
Chondroitin sulfates act like "liquid magnets". It helps attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules. This is important for two reasons; the fluid sweeps nutrients into the cartilage and the fluid acts as a spongy shock absorber.
Chondroitin can protect existing cartilage from a premature breakdown. It does this by inhibiting certain enzymes that destroy cartilage and enzymes that prevent the transport of nutrients.
Chondroitin sulfates alone have been found to be effective for osteoarthritis sufferers. Often just the Glycosamine or Chondroitin are used by themselves. However they can work synergisticaaly when taken together to stimulate cartilage production and to help control enzymes that destroy the cartilage. Using both of these supplements can help the body heal itself. A Glycosamine and chondroitin combination is a powerful weapon against osteoarthritis. See Abstracts
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