is reported to stimulate the body's manufacture of collagen, the
protein portion of the fibrous substance that holds joints together.
Collagen is the main component of the shock-absorbing cushion
called articular cartilage—the white smooth surface which covers
the ends of body joints—such as those in the wrist, fingers, toes,
ankles, knees, hips and between the discs of the spine. It has
been used and studied in Europe and Asia for over 40 years. In
one of these double-blind clinical trials, a glucosamine/chondroitin
compound was found to ease the aches and pains of arthritis sufferers
as well as standard painkillers. This is very significant when
one considers that ibuprofen and acetaminophen can cause stomach
upset, ulcers, and even kidney and liver damage. Glucosamine,
on the other hand, appears to have very few side effects. Further
research indicates that glucosamine may even help to rebuild damaged
cartilage and deteriorating joints. Effective for animals, too!
Chondroitin is a natural substance
known to protect healthy joint tissue and strengthen joint tissue
that has been damaged. Chondroitin is an important part of the
connective tissue that keeps joint cartilage in proper condition.
Cartilage cells naturally produce chondroitin, but the amount
produced decreases with age. A chondroitin/glucosamine combination
is perhaps the best dietary supplement available for healthy joints.
two times per day or as directed by a physician. Each container
is approximately a 2/3 month supply.