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alone has been found not to reduce the hip and knee pain felt by people
who have osteoarthritis
April 17, 2007
study finds that chondroitin does little to help people who suffer from
According to European researchers, the
dietary supplement is no better than a placebo at easing hip and knee
pain felt by arthritis patients and they advise that people stop using
Chondroitin sulfate is a building block of
cartilage and is sold in health food stores all over the US and Canada
in conjunction with glucosamine. People swear that it is very good at
easing their arthritis pain, a fact that the researchers state is
"Currently, we do not have any evidence to
suggest that chondroitin helps decrease pain more than placebo," said
Peter Juni, an epidemiologist whose study appears in this week's Annals
of Internal Medicine.
"The good news is we do not have evidence
to suggest that chondroitin is unsafe," he said in a telephone
"High-quality studies don't show any
effect," he said.
On the other hand, studies have proven
that chondroitin can be quite beneficial. The largest one to side with
the use of chondroitin was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of
Health that found that chondroitin was used in combination with
glucosamine to ease the pain of patients with osteoarthritis.
"Bottom line, chondroitin, especially when
combined with glucosamine, is safe and effective, and compared to the
other options for arthritis pain, it's one of the few options without
dangerous side effects," Daniel Fabricant, vice president of scientific
and regulatory affairs for the association, said in a statement.
With studies stating for and against the
use of the supplement, what are consumers to do? Juni believes that
since the product will not offer any health negatives, then if people
feel that it is working for them then they should continue taking it.
"We actually need beneficial therapies for
our patients," he said. "One has to be objective about potential
benefits relative to the cost."
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