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Can glucosamine help treat osteoarthritis symptoms?

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Glucosamine is a substance in your body that helps build cartilage, the tough, flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at the joints. You also can take glucosamine as a supplement. It’s thought to protect your remaining cartilage. There’s no solid proof that it works. Still, it’s a safe and inexpensive supplement. Ask your doctor about dosage.

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 March 25, 2017

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 March 25, 2017

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