What is Chondroitin? – Background and Uses

Copyright: Svitlana Symonova

Chondroitin sulfate entered the scene of alternative therapies in the 1960s.  It is derived from shark cartilage or bovine (cow) cartilage. Chondroitin is believed to aid in improving symptoms, stopping, or even reversing the degenerative process of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chondroitin is often paired with Glucosamine, which is another natural alternative treatment for arthritis.

Chondroitin sulfate has proven to be effective for not only arthritis but also psoriasis, scleroderma, herpes, hemorrhoids, rectal tears, poison oak, poison ivy, acne and “dry socket” after tooth extractions.  Chondroitin can be applied orally, topically or subcutaneously.

Research has shown that topical applications are mildly effective at best.  The best methodology is liquid formulas taken orally.

Despite popular opinion, Chondroitin sulfate has been deemed ineffective for colitis and cancer.



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