How does glucosamine with chondroitin supplement work in joint support?

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It’s now estimated that 30 percent of dogs and cats experience arthritis. You may see your dog having difficulty getting up, limping, signs of pain when petted—or she just may not be as anxious to play as she once was.

Several recent studies have shown that swallowed Glucosamine is absorbed and distributed to joint tissues where it has anti-inflammatory and joint-regenerating properties. This can be beneficial in osteoarthritis-type conditions in dogs, such as hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis. Glucosamine can be taken by itself or in combination with chondroitin. They both work best when combined.

To really understand how glucosamine and chondroitin work together, you first need to know exactly what each one is and how it works.

You know that spongy stuff that cushions your joints? That’s cartilage. Chondroitin is an element of the connective tissues that are found in cartilage and bone. When found in supplements it’s usually called chondroitin sulfate, and is derived from bovine (cow) or pork by-products.

What chondroitin does is enhance shock-absorbing characteristics of collagen and block the enzymes that break down cartilage. It may even help retain water in the cartilage and, when combined with glucosamine, it may prevent cartilage loss.

Glucosamine is simply a substance that is found naturally in the body and is already in your joints, but its production slows with age. Natural glucosamine is made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues. It makes and repairs joint cartilage, and is even thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

In normal, healthy animals, the body is able to synthesize enough glucosamine to keep the existing cartilage healthy, but when the animal ages or there is damage to joint cartilage, it cannot produce enough to keep up with the body’s needs. A glucosamine supplement can augment the body’s supply of glucosamine, and keep your dog happy and healthy.

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