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Glucosamine & Chondroitin, does this stuff really help?(8 posts)

Glucosamine & Chondroitin, does this stuff really help?harlydog
May 1, 2001 8:12 AM
I have heard Glucosamine & Chondroitin help with knee (joint) pain. The instructions say to take every day. I have heard that you need to take it every day or it does you no good. Does anyone know for sure? Are there any sites which show actual studies?
Depends...Mel Erickson
Apr 28, 2001 1:32 PM
on what your problem is. Most of the people who get relief with glucosamine and/or chondroitin have arthritis. Not to say others don't get help. You just have to try it and see. I'm not aware of any significant problems from taking it. Make sure you use a good quality product. A co-worker gets significant pain relief for arthritis in his knees. He tried a different (cheaper) brand and it didn't work nearly as well. PubMed has more info and studies than you can shake a stick at.
No! according to.....Clyde
May 1, 2001 9:41 AM
Our tri club has several medical doctors in it, and this question has come up several times at meetings..they all say that the medical literature does not support its working....
No! according to.....Phil2
May 1, 2001 11:47 PM
You might want to refer your doctor friends to a 3 year study reported in the Lancet . Lancet 2001; 357: 251-56 . I'm not a doctor so cannot fully appreciate the intricacies of their work, and, like good scientists, they shy away from saying "this is the best thing since sliced bread". However, I think that this little (out of context I know, but I did give you the source so go read it) quote is pretty impressive:

"There was an improvement in the primary symptom outcome measure represented by the total WOMAC index (table 3) compared with baseline in the patients receiving glucosamine sulphate who were assessed for 3 years. However, symptoms of patients in the placebo group worsened and the difference between the final group averages was significant (p=0·016)"

I was turned on to this article by a doctor buddy of mine who's the smartest guy I've ever met.
re: Glucosamine & Chondroitin, does this stuff really help?DE
May 1, 2001 10:15 AM
I agree with Mel's comments. I have been taking arthritic medication for over 8 years. I started taking glucosamine & chondroitin about 18 months ago. It does work, but you need to take maximum dosage for 6 weeks before you'll see any benefits. It's not like asprin where you pot a couple of pills and get relief within the hour.
it's mainly for those whose cartilage has worn awayET
May 1, 2001 10:23 AM
Is that your knee problem? Also, it's rather expensive, and you'll need to use it probably for at least a year. As best as I can gather, it only works on around 45% of those who try it, and you'll need at least 4 months to see. Also, you have to make sure you take the dose at the right frequency, as well as make sure you have the right blend of glucosamine and chondroitin (I think something like 70-30 is ideal, but less reputable companies might change the split).

You can do a search on it for more info; there's a chiropractic web site which has detailed articles on it.
re: Glucosamine & Chondroitin, does this stuff really help?Jeff
May 1, 2001 12:05 PM
If my wife stops taking it, she notices the pain coming back into her back and ankle (previous serious injuries) within a few days. It's the only thing she has found that keeps the pain away.
Glucosamine does.tl1
May 1, 2001 7:13 PM
It definitely helps me with my one iffy knee after too much riding. What works better for me though is glucosamine combined with hydrolyzed collagen (Jello). This is sold as Knox Nutrijoint Maximum Strength Formula and can be bought pretty inexpensively. A month's supply is around $18-22 at places like Wal-Mart. I've never noticed much benefit from chondroitin myself though.