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Why you need it?
A joint is the location where two or more bones make contact or move on the other. The bones are held together by ligaments. Ligaments are like elastic bands: they keep the bones in place while muscles lengthen and shorten to make the joint move. A coating of cartilage covering the bone surface stops the bones from rubbing directly against each other. This helps the joint to work smoothly. The joint is surrounded by a capsule and the space within the joint (joint cavity) contains synovial fluid. This fluid, which provides nutrients to the joint and cartilage, is produced by the synovial membrane (or synovium) which lines the joint cavity. The human body's ability to move depends on its joints. Without them, the skeleton would be completely rigid making it impossible to stand up, sit down, kneel, bend, twist, walk, turn your head or use your arms, hands or fingers.
The joints work extremely hard over a lifetime so it is not surprising that repeated strenuous activity involved in certain jobs and sports, and the ageing process, can affect their health and efficiency. Bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are all involved in maintenance of joint function, but the health of cartilage is paramount. Connective tissues are continuously being remodelled as they are worn away during activity and then reformed afterwards. As we age we become less efficient at renewing these tissues, especially cartilage. As the cushion of cartilage thins and the bones start to grind together, the body's immune system is triggered to release destructive proteins that chew up the damaged tissue, which can result in chronic inflammation in the joints. This condition is known as osteoarthritis or "wear and tear" arthritis.
Good Food Sources:
Shark or bovine cartilage, sword fish.
Beneficial For :
- Slows down the breakdown of cartilage between joints
- Cataracts and possibly overall eye health
GRAS – Generally recognized as safe. No adverse reactions, side effects or overdose symptoms expected when taken within the recommended amounts.
Some people may experience nausea at high dosages of Chondroitin sulphate (more than 10 grams per day).
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