Chondroitin Sulfate

From our list of ailments, see what Chondroitin Sulfate can be used for:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Pain

Natural Remedies using Chondroitin Sulfate

Additional sulfur, also essential for cartilage formation, can be obtained in glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, or methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and small amounts of manganese can be obtained in a multimineral supplement.

The two principal forms of glucosamine in supplements are glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, and both appear to be equally effective. There is evidence suggesting that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are synergistic, with glucosamine enhancing the production of new cartilage and chondroitin slowing the breakdown of cartilage. Many supplements contain both, and people with osteoarthritis should consider taking 1,200 to 1,500 mg of glucosamine and 1,200 mg of chondroitin daily. As part of an osteoarthritic regimen, 500 to 1,000 mg of vitamin C should be included. Although some of the described studies used manganese ascorbate, this type of vitamin C is difficult to find. Any form of vitamin C should suffice.

Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Joint Pain, Pain

The Benefit of using Chondroitin Sulfate as a natural cure

In one study, Alan F. Philippi, M.D., of the U.S. Navy treated thirty-two navy SEALs in their forties who had chronic knee or low-back pain or both. For eight weeks some of the subjects received daily supplements containing 1,500 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride, 1,200 mg of chondroitin sulfate, and 228 mg of manganese ascorbate (a form of vitamin C).

Usually referred to as SAMe (pronounced ‘sammy”), this sulfur-containing nutrient donates ‘methyl groups” to more than forty major chemical reactions in the body. Methyl groups provide carbon and hydrogen and are necessary for creating new cells. SAMe has often been recommended for treating inflammation and arthritis: it donates sulfur molecules to glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, enabling the body to build new collagen and cartilage.

In a separate clinical trial, Amal K. Das Jr., M.D., of Hendersonville Orthopedics Associates, Hendersonville, N.C., asked ninety-three patients with knee osteoarthritis to take 2,000 mg of glucosamine hydrochloride, 1,600 mg of chondroitin sulfate, and 304 mg of manganese ascorbate or to take placebos daily for six months.