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Chondroitin Sulfate

Also indexed as:CS, Chondroitin Sulfate Topical (Herbal Remedy)
Chondroitin Sulfate: Main Image

Chondroitin sulfate consists of repeating chains of molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Chondroitin sulfate is a major constituent of cartilage, providing structure, holding water and nutrients, and allowing other molecules to move through cartilage--an important property, as there is no blood supply to cartilage.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Osteoarthritis
800 to 1,200 mg a day3 stars[3 stars]
Many trials have shown that supplementing with chondroitin sulfate reduces pain, increases joint mobility, and promotes healing within the joints.
Wound Healing
Refer to label instructions as Chondroitin Sulfate Topical2 stars[2 stars]
Applying an ointment containing chondroitin sulfate may speed healing of skin wounds.
Atherosclerosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Preliminary research shows that chondroitin sulfate may prevent atherosclerosis and may also prevent heart attacks in people who already have atherosclerosis.
Heart Attack
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Taking chondroitin sulfate may reduce the risk of heart attack in people with a history of heart disease or who are at risk for heart attack.
High Cholesterol
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chondroitin sulfate has lowered serum cholesterol levels in preliminary trials.
Kidney Stones
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chondroitin sulfate may help reduce the risk of kidney stone formation. One trial found that glycosamionoglycans significantly lowered urinary oxalate levels, which reduces the risk of stone formation.
Sprains and Strains
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chondroitin sulfate may promote wound healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture molecules found in skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Wound Healing
Refer to label instructions as Chondroitin Sulfate Oral1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with chondroitin sulfate may promote wound healing by providing the raw material needed by the body to manufacture connective tissue.

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