Supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates can provide significant benefit for musculoskeletal support. Chondroitin sulfates, a category of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), are required for the formation of various important components of joint cartilage. These two nutrients – glucosamine and chondroitin – support joint function and mobility by enhancing the body's production of GAGs and preventing their degradation. Clinical research indicates that supplementing with chondroitin sulfates supports joint structures. Some studies have concluded that the combination of glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate protects and supports joint surfaces more effectively than glucosamine sulfate alone.
Glucosamine and chondroitin protect chondrocytes, which are the cells responsible for maintaining cartilage structure. Cartilage helps protect and cushion the ends of bones, so when it is worn down or deteriorated, joint pain can result. Glucosamine and Chondroitin help slow down the deterioration of cartilage, which can help decrease joint pain; they also act as natural anti-inflammatories.