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When it comes to nourishing aging joints, chondroitin sulfate is the most recognized supplement consumers seek, along with glucosamine. Because awareness and trust remain so high, it is incumbent upon brand marketers to ensure that your chondroitin source is safe and proven pure. Unfortunately, there have been some suppliers that adulterate their chondroitin, and you may be none the wiser.
The adulteration discovered recently is Sodium Hexametaphosphate, which is normally used as an industrial chemical and is easily available at a very low price. Although is often used effectively -- and appropriately -- in detergent or water treatment agents, it is unsafe as a food additive for human ingestion.
How does Cactus Botanics Ensure
Chondroitin Sulfate Purity?
Chondroitin sulfate is typically derived from animal cartilages, such as chicken, bovine, shark, etc. Our experts employ four test methods to determine the quality of our chondroitin sulfate material and its purity.
There is also another test method introduced to the market, known as EHPLC. It is a method based on special enzymatic hydrolysis to produce disaccharides Di-4S, Di-6S and Di-0S that make up the chondroitin sulfate A and C and non-sulfated chondroitin. The resulting disaccharides are then measured by HPLC with a UV detector at 240 nm.
Note: As this method only can be executed by a few laboratories worldwide, and only one in the US ,the details are not publicly available yet. When using this testing method, there is some trouble in the coherence and consistency of lab results. Owing to the confidentiality and non-impartiality, EHPLC is hard to be a standard test method to the public.