Joint Support is a nutritional formula, designed to improve joint function and strengthen cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons. The most common ingredients used in joint support supplements are glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and methylsulfonylmethane.
Glucosamine is a combination of glucose and amino acids, known as “amino sugar”. Oral glucosamine is commonly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Since glucosamine is a precursor for glycosaminoglycans (a component of joint cartilage), supplemental glucosamine may help to rebuild cartilage and treat arthritis. Since the body’s natural glucosamine is used to make and repair joint cartilage, incorporating a glucosamine supplement is thought to help repair damaged cartilage by augmenting the body’s supply of glucosamine. Glucosamine is not available from any primary food source. A typical dosage of supplemental glucosamine is 1,500-2,000 mg per day.
Chondroitin Sulfate is a major component of ECM (extracellular matrix or connective tissue), and is important in maintaining the structural integrity of tissue. Chondroitin sulfate is a major component of all cartilage. Loss of chondroitin sulfate will cause the development of osteoarthritis. A typical dosage is 800–1,200 mg per day.
Methylsulfonylmethane, also known as MSM, is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, fish, and grains. It is commonly used to treat inflammation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and joint pain. In addition, it can strengthen joints, balance blood flow, and improve muscle contraction and mobility. A typical dosage is 500-1,000 mg per day.