Q: Do chondroitin sulfate dietary supplements, usually taken with glucosamine for arthritis, improve the danger of prostate most cancers?
A: Elevated ranges of chondroitin sulfate within the physique have been linked to an elevated threat of prostate most cancers, however there’s no proof that dietary supplements are an issue.
Chondroitin sulfate is produced naturally by the physique, the place it’s concerned in cell construction and progress and different primary capabilities. It’s additionally an essential structural element of cartilage.
Some research have discovered a correlation between chondroitin ranges in prostate cells and most cancers development. But it surely’s not clear whether or not the compound performs a task in most cancers growth or whether or not rising ranges are a results of the most cancers.
Chondroitin ranges in cells have equally been linked to threat of prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), which causes urinary signs.
There isn’t a lot analysis on chondroitin dietary supplements and prostate most cancers. A research in Diet and Most cancers in 2011 checked out quite a lot of dietary supplements, together with chondroitin, and didn’t discover elevated threat of prostate most cancers for any of them.
Nonetheless, when you’ve got or had prostate most cancers, you in all probability shouldn’t take chondroitin dietary supplements, to be on the protected aspect. In actual fact, there’s no cause for anybody to take chondroitin, since most good research haven’t discovered that it helps towards arthritis, even when taken with glucosamine.