Product No. P0325

Chondroitin sulphates are glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which are found naturally in the body. They are important in maintaining elasticity and integrity of many types of body tissues, including connective tissue and the walls of blood vessels.

Chondroitin sulphate in cartilage attracts and holds water with negative electrical charges, thereby giving cartilage its elasticity and fluidity. To some degree, chondroitin sulphate is present in all organ systems, including other soft connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) as well as in the skin and blood vessels.

Chondroitin sulphate is essential to cartilage growth and repair. It is produced by cartilage cells called "chondrocytes," but the process declines with age and is also disrupted by stress or injury. Without enough chondroitin sulphate, cartilage integrity seriously declines. Chondroitin sulphate is also needed to keep destructive enzymes in check, so they don't prematurely break down healthy cartilage.

Several studies in Europe have shown that supplemental chondroitin sulphate is well-absorbed and used by the body to maintain and repair joint cartilage. It is also believed supplements seem to activate natural production of chondroitin sulphate and the other proteins needed to build healthy new cartilage.

Chondroitin sulphate is also a component of the walls of blood vessels and so is important in maintaining vascular health. In addition, it is known to activate lipoprotein lipase on capillary endothelial cells, which helps blood lipids to be metabolized.

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