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Bioavailability of Glucosamine & Chondroitin?

For the past about 8 months, certain lifts have really been bothering my joints. Mainly back squats and deadlifts, both of which I do sumo-stance. My doctor tells me that I have the beginning of arthritis in my knees; it’s not all that bad but it’s enough that I’d like to try to minimize the symptoms.

Here’s my dilemma, having done a little bit of research, it seems that glucosamine and chondroitin appear to not have the best bioavailability (around 25%). Is this true? Also, what is the most optimal time to take it?

Sorry everyone, way newb question of my behalf for someone who should know better.