A Tale of Two Sulfates


Dietary Supplements
Food Supplements
Nutritional Supplements
Amino Acids
Fatty Acids? What are Fatty Acids?
Condroitin Sulfate? What’s Condroitin Sulfate?
And Glucosamine Sulfate?

For this weeks Blog, I’ve condensed some resourceful information gleaned from an article by G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN on Dynamic Chiropractic, April 19, 1999, Vol 17, Issue 9

“When comparing the absorption and positive human trials of Condroitin Sulfate to glucosamine, glucosamine is far and way superior. Glucosamine is a precursor to chondroitin. Patients who cannot afford both should at least take glucosamine.”

Smoothie Essentials Joint Blend gives you both Condroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine and as such can help support healthy joints.

Dr Andersen goes on to write, “Interest in Condroitin Sulfate began to heat up with Luke Bucci’s 1995 book, Pain Free. It accelerated with Dr. Theodosakis’ 1997 book, The Arthritis Cure. Both authors felt that purified Condroitin Sulfate could benefit the connective tissues when taken orally in adequate amounts.

“Studies in US are slow but studies from Europe are looking good.
Based on these studies:
Condroitin Sulfate can help patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
Oral ingestion of Condroitin Sulfate is safe, well tolertated and equally effective when taken all at once or in divided doses.
Metabolic: Condroitin Sulfate increases joint viscosity.
Anti-degradative: Condroitin Sulfate reduces collagenolytic activity.
Anti-inflammatory: it reduces inflammation.
Bottom line: less pain, greater mobility, retardation of joint space erosion.

“There are six glucosaminoglycans.
These are also referred to as GAGs.
They are composed of an amino sugar, galactosamine, and a sugar acid (glucuronic).
Condroitin Sulfate is sulfated.
This gives it a negative charge.
This causes them to repel each other.
It causes them to attract water.
This fills space in three dimensions and enables cartilage to absorb shock.
In the supplement world, Condroitin Sulfate is in a category called chondroprotective nutraceuticals.

From an article
in Neutraceuticalsworld.com, dated 2 2 2009
Quotes a new study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Condroitin Sulfate over two years can prevent joint structure degradation in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Based on an international, randomized, double blind test.
Based on radiographs of the target knee, and the primary outcome was the loss in minimum JSW over two years (joint space width).
Pain improved significantly faster in the Condroitin Sulfate group that in the placebo group.
Research conclusions:
Condroitin Sulfate has structure modifying and symptom modifying effects.
Condroitin Sulfate could be a disease modifying agent.

Smoothie Essentials Joint Blend contains Condroitin Sulfate and as such can help support healthy joints.

From an article
in Glucosamine-Arthritis.org, dated 6/2/09
Taxpayers funded a five year research.
13 actual studies to investigate Glucosamine’s effect on arthritis.
Glucosamine is more effective than placebo.
Equivalent if not superior to Ibuprofen.
Ibuprofen affects the digestive tract yet hundreds of thousands use it every year.
Recommended dosage is 1500 mg Glucosamine.
Glucosamine has been studied for over twenty years.
It can be considered the therapy of choice for primary (age) or secondary (injury) arthrosis.
Oral forms are effective.
Oral is the most popular method.
Results: joint narrowing (cushion between the bones) was more pronounced by placebo.
Placebo showed worsening while glucosamine showed growth.
It is appropriate for patients to keep the joints mobile through exercise and diet, and using glucosamine sulfate to aid in the pain reduction and regeneration of destroyed joints.

Smoothie Essentials Joint Blend contains Glucosamine, and as such helps supports healthy joints.

From an article
in Associated Press, dated June 1, 2009
Omega 3 has three fatty acids.
Two come from fatty fish such as bluefish, halibut, mackerel.
Th third one comes from such as walnuts, olive oil and flaxseed oil.
Reported to prevent heart disease and related problems.

Glucosamine is obtained from the shells of shrimp, lobster, crabs.
Chondroitin is made from cartilage of sharks anvd cattle.
Synthetic versions are also available.
Glucosamine and Condroitin Sulfate are often used in conjunction with each other.
Supposed to assist for arthritis pain, usually in the knees.

Smoothie Essentials Omega-3 Blend contains Omega-3 which comes from sardines, and as such can help support a healthy heart.

From an article
in Natural by Steve Calechman, dated Oct-Nov 2002
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that breaks down the protective cartilage between your joints, causing pain and stiffness and limiting mobility (sic).
There are dozens of natural arthritis supplements on the market.
This article surveyed a half dozen joint pain specialists in search of facts.
Taken jointly Glucosamine Sulfate and Condroitin Sulfate prevent the progression of the disease, reduce inflammation, and relieve mild to severe pain.
Of all the products, Glucosamine Sulfate and Condroitin Sulfate have the largest body of evidence behind them.
Glucosamine Sulfate is a natural substance the keeps cartilage from fraying and can help produce more cartilage.
Quotes Hason Theodosakis, MD of Tucson AZ, author of Maximizing the Arthritis Cure.


About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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