Chondroitin Sulfates are long chains of repeating sugars. They attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules, which acts both as a spongy shock absorber for the bones and also as a mechanism to bring body nutrients into the cartilage for nourishment and lubrication. They act like “water magnets” within joint cartilage (whereas glucosamine helps to form the proteoglycans that sit within the spaces in the cartilage ‘netting’ to act like “water holders”).
Additionally, chondroitin inhibits the destructive action of certain enzymes which naturally degenerate the cartilage, interferes with other natural enzymes which tend to impede the transport of nutrients to cartilage, stimulates the production of cartilage matrix molecules and enhances synergistically the action of the glucosamines.
Chrondroitan Sulfates are especially good in the prevention and recovery of joint related injuries and in eliminating the pain due to arthritis.