If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you’re already in on how glucosamine and chondroitin can alleviate the pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis.
As I’ve shared with you before, this natural supplement duo can actually help rebuild cartilage and tissue lining your joints, reversing the effects of arthritis.
Now, the latest research shows these two compounds can help protect something else in your body… and it may be where you least expect it.
It’s your colon!
According to a new study out of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care in New York, the risk of colorectal cancer was reduced by 23 per cent in patients who used glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.
And that’s good news, considering the fact that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.
Interestingly, glucosamine on its own didn’t reduce the risk of colon cancer at all. Its benefits kicked in ONLY when combined with chondroitin.
How does a supplement known for easing joint pain have the power to prevent colon cancer?
Well, it seems to me that it all has to do with inflammation.
Millions of people are walking around unaware that their bodies are riddled with chronic inflammation – the body’s natural immune response going into overdrive and attacking everything that seems to be an enemy (even if it’s not).
Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, too little exercise, and exposure to toxins all can contribute to chronic inflammation, which often ends up flaring up into otherwise healthy parts of the body.
So, reducing stress and getting plenty of sleep can also help ease inflammation-related pain and reduce your risk of inflammation-related disease.
Get at least 15 minutes of light to moderate physical activity every day – even if it’s just a walk around the block.
Finally, follow a naturally anti-inflammatory diet by going Paleo. This so-called “caveman diet” includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and nuts – and none of the sugary, processed junk that can cause an inflammatory response in your body.
It also includes nuts, which have been shown to slash your risk of colon cancer, too .
It can also help you shed those excess pounds that can also increase your risk of colon cancer.
You can find the safe and natural duo of glucosamine and chondroitin together in one supplement pretty affordably online. Glucosamine can increase blood sugar in some people, if you’re diabetic, consult your doctor.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Could glucosamine and chondroitin support a healthy colon? nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Could-glucosamine-and-chondroitin-support-a-healthy-colon