Step 7 — Use Chondroprotective Agents to protect your cartilage

Chondroprotective agents are medications and supplements that protect your joints form further destruction and/or stimulate your cartilage cells to be more productive.

Recent scientific data has proven the efficacy of these vitamins and their use is now recommended by most doctors who treat arthritis.

You should only choose agents with a proven benefit and a standardized formula. The agents that have some proven benefit include glucosamine sulfate, hyluronate (SynviscTM gel injections to cushion and regenerate your joints), and doxycycline (an antibiotic used to inhibit certain enzymes that destroy your cartilage). The latter two are only available by prescription from your doctor. Other vitamins, such as MSM, may also have a protective effect on your cartilage.



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