This nutrient helps prevent and treat osteoarthritis in large dogs, sporting and active dogs or in ageing cats and dogs. Used in combination with glucosamine, these nutrients may limit the degeneration of cartilage in joints.
Chondroitin sulphate is a carbohydrate that enters into the composition of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are base components in the formation of joint cartilage. GAGs are sulphate derivatives with a high molecular mass that control the water retention capacity of proteoglycans. In the cartilage matrix GAGs contribute to the nutrition of cartilage.
Chondroitin is one of the main GAGs, which are essential components in cartilage. They contribute to its elasticity and absorb impacts experienced by the joints. Its main action is inhibiting the effect of the enzymes that cause permanent destruction of cartilage. Its action perfectly complements that of glucosamine, which promotes the production of new cartilage.
Chondroitin can be extracted from the cartilage of various species of animal, including fish, shellfish, pigs and fowl.