Chondroitin is found naturally in our joint cartilage and also our various connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It is a very complex and large molecule and plays a key role by absorbing water, adding to the thickness and elasticity of cartilage and its ability to absorb and distribute compressive forces.
It is also believed to control the formation of new cartilage by stimulating cells known as chondrocytes.
Chondroitin is used quite extensively in combination with glucosamine in joint health products across the world but as yet there are no approved health claims from the EU, though huge amounts of work are continuing to procure these by Companies across the scientific world.
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