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Chondroitin sulfate has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from knee osteoarthritis.   More than 2.1 million people are known to suffer from osteoarthritis in  Australia alone. There has been an increase of 29% of knee replacement due to osteoarthritis. Knee osteoarthritis is a painful condition where there is wear and tear of the cartilage in the joint which makes the bones rub against each other causing pain, swelling, lack of mobility and stiffness in joints.

What is chondroitin sulfate?

Our body areas including ribs, joints, ear and nose and the skeletal parts are made up of flexible elastic tissue called cartilage.  Cartilage is a rubber-like covering or cushioning that protects the ends of bones in joints and prevents injury. Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally found chemical substance in cartilages. Most commonly used along with another substance called “glucosamine” chondroitin sulfate is recognized as a dietary supplement to treat osteoarthritis in Europe and other countries.

The supplement is recommended by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) to manage knee osteoarthritis. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) also recommend the use of chondroitin sulfate supplements for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Chondroitin sulfate has been shown in various studies to have the following benefits:

Anti-inflammatory effect:  Inflammation is a key factor in causing various diseases including arthritis. Inflammation in the body can be triggered by various factors and chondroitin sulfate is known to negate these effects and protecting against inflammation.

Increase in collagen: Chondroitin sulfate also promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is a skin protein that maintains the skin texture and health besides being part of bones, muscles, and joints.

Chondroitin sulfate for knee osteoarthritis:

Many studies have found that chondroitin sulfate is beneficial against pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis. A very recent study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, found that chondroitin sulfate was as effective as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called celecoxib in treating osteoarthritis. The study involved 604 patients with osteoarthritis in Europe who were randomly assigned to either the NSAID drug or chondroitin sulfate or a combination of both.

The researchers found that while NSAIDs had serious side effects of possible liver damage and acidity or gastrointestinal symptoms, chondroitin sulfate had none and was a safer alternative to strong painkillers.

Although immediate improvements in pain and symptoms were noted in both treatments in the study, the joint function improvements were considerably higher in 3 and 6-month follow-ups in patients treated with either chondroitin sulfate or celecoxib alone.

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