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Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are over-the-counter nutritional supplements commonly used to treat osteoarthritis. In contrast to many over-the-counter supplements, Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate have been fairly well studied and favorable results have been found by independent researchers. This is in marked contrast to most nutritional supplements where there is no scientific evidence of benefit.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are chemicals that the joint cartilage can use as a building block to try to maintain the cartilage’s health. There is also some evidence that the substances act as anti inflammatories. Overall, they seem to be fairly safe and most commercial preparations provide comparable efficacy. Of note, the ideal dosages of Glucosamine and Chondroitin are unknown. (more…)

Dr. David Lintner - Houston Orthopedic Surgeon