November 2021 - Joint Health

Arthritis refers to nearly 100 different rheumatic diseases occurring in and around the joints, and is now our nation’s leading cause of disability, projected to affect nearly 60 million Americans by the year 2020. Of the two primary forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form. Osteoarthritis, often called degenerative joint disease, is characterized by the degeneration of the cartilage protecting the ends of bones at the joints.

One of the interesting findings on the use of aspirin, NSAIDs, and other steroid drugs commonly used for osteoarthritis, is their effect on joint cartilage metabolism. It seems that the very drugs we use to mask the pain caused by joint cartilage loss may be preventing the joints from effectively replacing that cartilage.

Glucosamine metabolites are vital for the production of cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate, as found in Glucosamine and Chondroitin Plus, is the major glycosaminoglycan associate with joint cartilage. It has been shown to draw water into the joint tissues and hydrate them. This gives chondroitin the ability to be compressed when pressure is put on the joint, and then rehydrate when the pressure is released.

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