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Study: The comparison between Chondroitin and the vegan alternative Phytodroitin 🌱



We hope you are well and are enjoying the recent sunshine we’ve been having.

Now more than ever, it is important to find alternative and sustainable substitutes to animal-derived products and formulations to ensure everyone, at all ages and stages of life, has access to the necessary vitamins and minerals their bodies need.

With that being said, we would like to introduce a study we conducted about the comparison between Phytodroitinâ„¢ and Chondroitin. 

What is Phytodroitinâ„¢?

Phytodroitinâ„¢ is a 100% plant-origin alternative to Chondroitin.

Chondroitin is obtained from animal sources, mostly shark cartilage, and has been used for many years as a supplement for bone and joint ailments and diseases.

The study:

We engaged Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the UK to compare the mucopolysaccharide structure of Phytodroitinâ„¢ with Chondroitin Sulphate of Bovine, Shark and Avian origins, together with a standard Chondroitin Sulphate (bovine trachea origin) obtained from Sigma Aldrich.

NTU used Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, sampling of the powders being performed using the attenuated total reflectance technique:


Phytodroitinâ„¢ was shown to be almost identical in mucopolysaccharide structure to Chondroitin Sulphate of Shark origin, and particularly Chondroitin of Avian origin. Chondroitin Sulphate of Bovine origin showed a slightly different spectrum to the other sources, but was consistent with the standard (no surprise, as it was also of bovine origin).


Phytodroitinâ„¢ has a virtually identical mucopolysaccharide structure to both Avian and Shark origin Chondroitin Sulphate, and is structurally similar to bovine Chondroitin.

Phytodroitinâ„¢ comes in an easy to consume powder form, which is the perfect addition to any nutritional supplement product (recommended daily allowance is 400mg).

Phytodroitinâ„¢ has proven to have various benefits in a wide range of nutritional supplement products, these include:

  • Sports performance products
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis treatments
  • General Bone & joint health formulas
  • Vegan & Vegetarian products
  • Supplements targeting older consumers

We use only purpose-grown botanical ingredients to ensure sustainability and provide adequate quality and purity during the creation of this product.

Please see below for formula examples using our Phytodroitinâ„¢ powder and a downloadable version of this study.