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Archive for May 19th, 2010

Since first being extracted and purified in the 1960s, chondroitin sulfate has been used to combat the debilitating affects of osteoarthritis. The compound is found in various animal cartilage and bovine tracheas, and it is created through synthetic means as well. Chondroitin sulfate is often paired with glucosamine to create drugs intended to improve, and possibly reverse, osteoarthritis.

A typical dose of chondroitin sulfate is between 800 and 1,200 mg per day. Several studies have confirmed that chondroitin sulfate is effective at decreasing the pain and remedying the functional shortcomings that osteoarthritis creates. However, the Mayo Clinic suggests that it may take several weeks for patients to recognize the full benefits of the compound.