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Chondroitin: Efficacy, Food Sources, Health Supplement Recommendations

Chondroitin: Efficacy, Food Sources, Health Supplement Recommendations

ChondroitinGenerally refers to chondroitin sulfate, a glycosaminoglycan mainly extracted from mammalian cartilage, and is the main component of the extracellular matrix of mammalian connective tissue. Its appearance is white or light yellow amorphous powder with strong water absorption, easily soluble in water and becomes a viscous solution, insoluble in organic solvents such as ethanol, ether and acetic acid.

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Common uses of chondroitin

Chondroitin is mainly used in eye drops and nutritional supplements.


Chondroitin Health Benefits

Chondroitin is believed to have the following effects:

1. Helps maintain the transparency of the cornea and prevent corneal swelling. If the binding of glycosaminoglycans to collagen is lost, the transparency of the cornea will be reduced, and even cataracts will form.
2. Chondroitin helps to purify blood and prevent blood coagulation, which is used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis.
3. Helps relieve osteoarthritis. One literature pointed out that chondroitin can reduce pain and improve joint function, but other literature pointed out that in alleviating osteoarthritis, chondroitin does not appear to be more effective than placebo.

Chondroitin for people

Chondroitin is considered safe for most healthy people. However, the following groups of people should try to avoid taking chondroitin supplements:

1. Taking chondroitin supplements in people with abnormal coagulation function may increase the risk of bleeding.
2. People with asthma or wheezing who take chondroitin supplements may make the condition worse.
3. If you experience adverse reactions such as dyspnea and rash after taking chondroitin, please seek medical attention immediately.
4. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid taking chondroitin.

Main source of chondroitin

Chondroitin mainly exists in mammalian cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin and blood vessels. When taking chondroitin supplements, avoid taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, which may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.

foods rich in chondroitin

  • Ribs
  • Okra

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