Chondroitin Definition

Chondroitin is a naturally occurring molecule that makes up a large part of cartilage. Chondroitin helps maintain the health of the tissue by absorbing water, blocking certain enzymes that break down cartilage, and providing the building blocks for the production of new cartilage.

Though results are ultimately inconclusive, many studies suggest that supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, a disease characterized by the break down of cartilage in the joints.