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Can glucosamine help arthritis?

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Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are building blocks of normal cartilage. But studies don't agree on whether these supplements can help reduce pain or slow cartilage damage when you have osteoarthritis. Research is ongoing.

Your doctor may still recommend trying glucosamine, but if there's no obvious improvement in 3 months, you can stop taking it.

Since the goverment doesn't regulate supplments like drugs, choose products sold by large and well-established companies to assure that you get a consistent dose.

From: Arthritis Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  The Cleveland Clinic Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases.  National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

SOURCES:  The Cleveland Clinic Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases.  National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

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