Concerns about joint and cartilage health tend to increase with age and are usually also accelerated by factors such as obesity and lack of exercise. To positively support joint metabolism, the following nutrients are extremely useful:
Glucosamine: Found in the exoskeletons of shellfish, fish and in animal cartilage. It is a component of connective tissue, cartilage and synovial fluid. Glucosamine occurs in different forms. The sulphate form (stabilised with a mineral salt) is the most common. Potassium chloride is also suitable for stabilisation, and since the modern diet is usually deficient in potassium, it is suitable for supplementing certain foods.
Chondroitin: This nutrient is found mainly in foods such as oysters, mussels and meat. Is a component of glycans, which are also crucial for the formation of cartilage. Its basic structure contains an aminosaccharide, also called galactosamine. It gives articular cartilage its structure and is responsible for its water-binding capacity and for nutrient permeability. The latter is particularly important because cartilage contains no blood vessels and is only nourished by diffusion. Similar to glucosamine, the stabilised form of chondroitin is also a sulphate.