Benefit of knee supplements still unclear

Many people using dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin to treat the damage of mild arthritis in their knees. According to a new study, the effectiveness of the supplements has been mixed as the latest study mean for people with knee osteoarthritis in which wear and tear over time damages the cartilage that lines the joints.

The study involved more than 30 parts of the knee joint been measured. It show there a difference between people who took the supplements and those who didn’t over the course of two years. The results also show the indication the supplements do not make a significant difference in arthritis symptoms or severity.

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Daniel Solomom, a rheumatologist and pharmacoepidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said

“This is yet another set of data arguing against any disease-modifying benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate,”

The report has been looked at data on 600 participants in an ongoing osteoarthritis study sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health Osteoarthritis Initiative. The participants were taking bone-building drugs and some were taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen and some were taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.