Glucosamine Chondroitin Msm

Written by Serena Berger
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Glucosamine chondroitin MSM is one of the most popular supplements used to treat the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is essential for the formation of strong cartilage to keep joints working smoothly. Chondroitin is an anti-inflammatory which may be able to keep natural enzymes from dissolving cartilage.

While glucosamine and chondroitin are being put through extensive tests and quite possibly will be federally regulated soon, MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is the most untested of the components in glucosamine chondroitin MSM capsules. Sulfur is necessary for the body to maintain flexible ligaments and is also essential to the production of collagen. MSM is an organic source of sulfur, which some people believe can supplement the body's diminished sulfur levels.

MSM as an Anti-Inflammatory

MSM also helps to keep cell walls permeable. One of the reasons arthritis is so painful is that it often goes hand-in-hand with inflammation. One source of inflammation (besides irritation from bones rubbing against each other) occurs when cell walls are not sufficiently permeable and fluid builds up inside them. With MSM to help keep cell walls flexible and permeable, it is easier for the unnecessary fluid to pass out of the cells and reduce inflammation. You should check back in with a doctor or with medical sites that you trust to follow the progress of research on MSM for joint conditions over the next few years.

For most people, glucosamine chondroitin MSM has a minimum of side effects. The worst is usually stomach or intestinal unrest, which can be avoided by taking time release capsules instead of tablets which dissolve all at once. Pregnant or nursing women, however, should not use glucosamine chondroitin MSM. If you have been using this supplement to treat your OA and you want to have a baby, you should see a doctor about the viable alternative treatments.


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