latest high-quality clinical trial done in France showed that CS is
highly effective reducing pain and preventing the knee joint from being
you are planning to take chondroitin (also known as CS) for treating
osteoarthritis, we suggest combining it with other natural supplements
such as glucosamine, and or MSM to get the maximum benefit.
It is believed that by providing the body with a larger
source of CS, the body would be able to repair the damaged cartilage,
hence, helping to slow down or reverse osteoarthritis.
It is shown
to be safe. It is not a pain reliever but works to repair the cartilage
in the joints so it could take many months to show some benefit. In
combination with glucosamine, some people have seen some benefits in
about 4 weeks but it could take a lot longer, sometimes even up to a
is usually found in combination with glucosamine and/or MSM to treat
The latest randomized, double-blinded,
placebo-controlled research study (Kahan, 2009) showed that it is very
effective in reducing pain and keeping the joint space from narrowing.
here to see a list of natural remedies for treating
real-life multicentre clinical study showed that Uracyst solution given
directly into the bladder helps with interstitial cystitis. This
treatment option is shown to be safe.
||Eye Surgery / Dry Eyes
There is good evidence that using CS in an eye solution helps with dry
eyes after eye surgery.
Disease / Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction - MI)
research study shows that CS might be helpful in preventing another
heart attack in people who already had a heart attack.
will be needed before we can recommend taking CS for this health
problem as there are much better natural remedies for preventing and
treating heart disease.
There is no good research information on using CS for treating general
What is it?
is used to make cartilage. The cartilage tissues act to lubricate
joints and cushion the bones. It is made from shark
Some researchers believe that CS can also protect the cartilage from
further damage by several different methods.
What other names
is it known as?
In other parts of the world, it is also referred to as CS, CSA or
chondroitin sulfuric acid.
Suggested Benefits and
Topically (on the skin)
Intravesical (infusion into the bladder)
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
minor side effects that have been reported.
It includes nausea,
diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, irritability and headaches.
Safety - The safety has been
shown in many studies, some lasting up to 5 years.
Pregnancy - Avoid using if you are pregnancy and
breast-feeding. There's no data available.
Some experts think it might affect the blood-thinning effect of
warfarin but there is no changes seen those taking CS with warfarin.
Monitor the PT or INR levels when starting or stopping chondroitin as a
& How to Take It
- The usual oral dosage is 200 to 400 mg two or three
times daily with food. Some studies used doses of 1000 to 1200 once
future heart attacks - Dosage used the research study is
1.5 to 3 grams taken three times daily.
- CS creams may also contain glucosamine, Celadrin,
capsicum, MSM, shark cartilage and/or camphor. It can be applied to the
joints as needed.
July 13, 2009