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Why do people take chondroitin?

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As an osteoarthritis treatment, chondroitin is often used along with another supplement, glucosamine.

The evidence that chondroitin helps with osteoarthritis is mixed. A number of studies seemed to show that it is effective. Researchers found that chondroitin appeared to reduce pain, increase joint mobility, and decrease the need for painkillers.

However, several more recent studies have been less promising. Several found that chondroitin supplements had only a small benefit, if any. If you're interested in using chondroitin for arthritis pain, talk to your doctor about the latest evidence.

From: Chondroitin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT).”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chondroitin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Chondroitin.”

Reviewed by David Kiefer on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT).”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chondroitin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Chondroitin.”

Reviewed by David Kiefer on February 28, 2017

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