Glucosamine and chondroitin are the structural components of cartilage which is the connective tissue found between bone joints such as your hips, knees, elbows, and ankles. As you age, the rubbery tissue surrounding your joints starts to deteriorate through injury or normal wear and tear which can lead to pain, swelling, stiffness and possibly osteoarthritis. Bodybuilding.com Signature Glucosamine and Chondroitin contains 1500 mg of glucosamine sulfate and 1200 mg of chondroitin sulfate sodium which was designed to help fortify the connective tissue and help maintain healthy joints.
Glucosamine is a natural component made by the human body. It is hypothesized that glucosamine supplementation can help increase synovial fluid around joints, tendons, and ligaments in order to help increase cartilage production (1). Some studies have shown that glucosamine helps alleviate joint pain and stiffness, as well as slows degeneration in those with osteoarthritis (2).
Chondroitin is another naturally occurring compound in the human body. It is hypothesized that chondroitin could help with water retention in connective issues as well as block the enzymes that breakdown cartilage itself. There have also been multiple studies showing the effectiveness of supplements combining glucosamine and chondroitin (3).