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October 3, 2005 at 11:11 pm #2297Anonymous
I have heard that glucosamine and chondroitin are only effective when they are used together, and that they are virtually useless when used separately. Is this true? Is the amount of these two ingredients found in processed foods actually beneficial?
JessicaOctober 4, 2005 at 7:08 pm #2299Dr. Jeff FeinmanKeymaster
[quote=jebel321]I have heard that glucosamine and chondroitin are only effective when they are used together,
Is this true? Is the amount of these two ingredients found in processed foods actually beneficial? [/quote]
No, they do not need to be used together. The reason that they are often found that way is that it allows for use of a cheaper form of glucosamine (often hydrochloride). The glucosamine hydrochloride then combines with the chondrotin sulfate to make glucosamine sulfate which is the truly helpful arthritis supplement. In my practice I do not even use a glucosamine/chondroitin mix (though I do use a ton of purified glucosamine sulfate).
I also am not a fan of these or any other “nutraceutical” product being added to commercial food. In my opinion this is just more marketing hype by the pet food companies. The holistic veterinary market is huge and growing every year. It’s only natural for the pet food companies to want to cash in on it.
Bottom line. Glucosamiine/chondroitin works and is readily available in many forms. Glucosamine sulfate is the most highly active and effective molecule but is often not necessary for initial mangement of arthritis.
Food should be as fresh and unprocessed as possible. If you want to supplement please don’t do it by buying “supplement enriched” processed foods. Ideally, work with a holistic vet who is experienced and trained to prescribe the most effective, targeted supplements for your individual pets needs.August 1, 2006 at 7:20 pm #2699Anonymous
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Glucosamine + Chondroitin Combination provides clinically studied quantities of Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate, combined with Vitamin C and Manganese for optimizing joint health.
Glucosamine Sulfate is an essential component of joint tissue and can be utilized to produce synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Sulfur is also utilized in the production of cartilage tissue.
Chrondroitin Sulfate stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid (a component of synovial fluid) which is the lubricant for joints as well as a major component of connective tissue in the skin.
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