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Chondroitin is a chondrin derivative.[1] Chondroitin sulfate is a chemical that is pre-dominantly found in cartilages around joints in the body. Its uses are a variety of treatments such as HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, heart attack, muscle soreness and bladder retention or urinary tract disease. It is a common product that is used in eye drops and cornea transplants. The uses of chondroitin is well known for osteoarthritis, where cartilage degrades the joints in the body. Chondroitin helps slow that breakdown in either by mouth where studies have shown that within six months, pain has subsided.

Uses in cream have shown to improve dramatically, using shark cartilage to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. [2]

A research was conducted by both Dr. Michal and Dr. Duffy conducting a case regarding malaria in pregnant women. They wanted to see just how Plasmodium falciparum, which is a unicellular protist parasite, binds to red blood cells. In this study, these infected red blood cell parasites had an affinity for Chondroitin sulfate than other extracellular receptors. What this shows is that even thought women may have built a tolerance against malaria, they are still susceptible during the first year or two.[3]

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  1. ^ Chondroitin at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  2. ^ "Chondroitin Sulfate: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. ^ Fried, Michal ; Duffy, Patrick E. Science, June 7, 1996, Vol.272(5267), p.1502(3