Chondroitin can be taken as a supplement for cartilage maintenance, joint lubrication, and as an anti-inflammatory.


Chondroitin: The Science of the Supplement

Chondroitin sulfate provides powerful natural support for joints.

Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring molecule found in the cartilage and connective tissues of people and animals. Chondroitin is the substance that enables cartilage to provide cushion to healthy joints, and it is what the body uses to make new cartilage. Chondroitin also serves a vital role in the maintenance of healthy skin/coat. Chondroitin can be taken as a supplement to maintain healthy cartilage, joint lubrication, and healthy skin, nails, and hair.*


Not all chondroitin is created equal


The chondroitin used in dietary supplements is extracted from the cartilage and connective tissues of animals. The most common animal sources are cow, pig, chicken, and shark. Chondroitin varies depending on the source, and scientists have separated it into three distinct classes: A, B, and C. This is important because chondroitin A has greater health benefits than B or C, and some animal sources have more chondroitin A than others. For instance, beef trachea cartilage (used by Springtime) has among the highest concentrations of chondroitin A. Conversely, some products on the market are labeled as 100% chondroitin but contain little to no chondroitin A, rendering them woefully ineffective.


The science of chondroitin


Chondroitin sulfate is one of six related substances called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are also referred to as mucopolysaccharides. Adequate amounts of chondroitin are vital for normal joint function and maintenance as well as many other self-healing mechanisms.


Springtime uses chondroitin sulfate sources with high concentrations of chondroitin-A — fully tested for potency, purity, and safety. Below you will find more information on Springtime products containing chondroitin:


Advanced Hip & Joint

Chewable tablets with chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and glucosamine HCl for healthy joint support, and boswellia for comfort & mobility. [More Info...]

The Combo for Dogs

An economical combination of two of our best products: Fresh Factors for wide-spectrum nutrition, plus Joint Health Chewables to support joint health. [More Info...]

Fresh Factors for Dogs

Tasty chewables that support healthy joints, coat, and digestion with natural ingredients, including chondroitin sulfate, bee pollen, yeast culture, kelp, biotin, and beef liver. [More Info...]

J-Flex Concentrate for Horses

An economical, single-ingredient supplement to support healthy joints and cartilage and to maintain a normal inflammatory response. [More Info...]

J-Flex Concentrate for Dogs & Cats

An economical, single-ingredient supplement to support healthy joints and cartilage and to maintain a normal inflammatory response. [More Info...]

Joint Health Capsules for People

Contains chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, MSM and vitamin C to support healthy joints and a healthy inflammation response, such as one might normally experience after rigorous activity or with healthy aging. More Info...

Joint Health Chewables for Dogs

Convenient chewable tablet supports healthy hip and joint function with the popular ingredients chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine HCl & MSM. More Info...

Joint Health Formula for Horses

Powdered formula with chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and glucosamine HCl for healthy joint support, and boswellia for comfort & mobility. More Info...

Joint Health Formula for Dogs

Powdered formula with chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and glucosamine HCl for healthy joint support, and boswellia for comfort & mobility. More Info...

Joint Health Treats for Horses

Powerful joint health supplement with chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, MSM, and vitamin C, along with real carrot flavor for easy feeding. More Info...

Longevity for Dogs

Powerful supplement blend, including chondroitin, MSM, glucosamine HCl, spirulina, and bee pollen, in a powder formula, to support multiple health functions. More Info...

Performance Paste for Horses

Pre-event paste supports oxygenation, energy, and stamina for "best day" performance for horses. More Info...