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NIH Osteoarthritis Study Finds Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplements Ineffective
instituteforbetterbonehealth posted:
In a new study sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Osteoarthritis Initiative researchers looked at data on 600 participants - some were taking bone-building drugs, some were taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen and some were taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.

They examined the spaces between joints including comparisons of 30 different joint parts in the knee, and monitored arthritis symptoms and osteoarthritis progression over the course of two years.

Those who took both anti-inflammatory pain medications and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements had less pain and milder changes due to disease in one part of the knee joint than those who took the pain drugs but no supplements — but given the sheer number of comparisons between joint parts it does not amount to great significance. Among those who were not taking pain medication, there was no difference in pain between people taking the supplements and those who didn't.

Previous research on the effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin have been mixed.

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