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Can chondroitin help treat osteoarthritis symptoms?

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Chondroitin, also called chondroitin sulfate, a molecule you naturally have in your body. You also can take it as a supplement for osteoarthritis, specifically in the finger, knee, hip, lower back, and face. Chondroitin doesn't build new cartilage. But it's had some promising results -- about 60% of the people who take it feel pain relief. It acts slowly in the body and has to be taken daily.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

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