By Dr. Mercola
You’ve probably heard that glucosamine and chondroitin can help relieve symptoms of joint pain.
However, the results from recent studies evaluating these supplements have been mixed, and many do not appear to be getting any significant relief from either glucosamine or chondroitin.
NPR recently highlighted The Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), which found that, for most joint-pain patients, the supplements didn’t relieve pain any better than a placebo, nor did they impact joint structure in any way that would delay the progression of the disease.
Still, some physicians support the use of glucosamine and chondroitin simply because the placebo effect actually results in the pain feeling better – and this allows the person to stay active and lose weight. Exercise is the real joint-pain solution that many are seeking… read the rest of the article here.
– Dr. Leif Olson