Is joint stiffness from osteoarthritis holding you back? Glucosamine and chondroitin provide natural support for the structural integrity of joints and connective tissue and may help to keep your joints flexible, mobile, cushioned, and lubricated. By replenishing the synovial fluid that keeps your cartilage, ligaments, and tendons soft and flexible, glucosamine and chondroitin may provide pain relief.
Studies have shown that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin provide the building blocks for the development of healthy cartilage and connective tissue and may provide the same anti-inflammatory action as ibuprofen with associated relief for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The GAG layer of the bladder is primarily made up of glycosaminoglycans like chondroitin and glucosamine. It is theorized that the GAG layer of the bladder is “leaky” in people with IC/PBS and non-bacterial prostatitis. If that is the case, then supplementing your diet with glucosamine and chondroitin might replace the lost protective molecules in your bladder. Several food supplements containing these nutrients have been studied in IC/PBS patients with positive results.