Glucosamine and Chondroitin

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A new study on the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin in relieving joint pain, published in the British Medical Journal, claims that these supplements have no positive effect on joint discomfort.  Several previous studies have been a mixed bag, with some showing positive results and others showing results equal to using a placebo.  As millions of people use these joint health supplements every day, this is a big issue.  I know several people who claim to have had reduced discomfort within a month or so of starting to take these pills.  Are they all being fooled by the placebo effect?  I have seen articles that say to use glucosamine sulfate rather than other forms as the sulfated pills are much more effective.  My opinion after studying the debate of glucosamine sulfate versus glucosamine hydrochloride is that you should use the sulfate form.

What do you think?  Do you take these supplements?  Do they seem to help?  Or do you think we should just all eat fruit to relieve joint discomfort?

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Will Sig
1 Steve

hey Will,
My dad has been getting something called Joint Juice? at Costco which I think has both of these, and has been swearing by it for years. He says it takes a few months to start having an effect and you need to keep taking it, but he swears it works. We’ve also been giving our cat Glucosamine for at least a year, and my wife thinks it helps.
I’m a big believer in the need to prove things (and science), but based on my dad, I think it’s more than just a placebo. Steve
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2 Will

I agree with you Steve, but that is also the definition of the placebo effect. On the other hand, lots of people say exactly the same thing as your father and it is hard to argue with the numbers of people that say it helps them.

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3 Luc J

I’ve tried them for my back pain, but I didn’t have the impression that they made any difference.
Switched to more sports and a sitting ball instead of a chair and that seems to do more good than those pills.

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4 Ben

I would be happy to buy a placebo if it relieved the pain better than anything else and had a money-back guarantee – and was safe! My mum has arthritis in her knees and it was really bothering her for years. She ended up being recommended a supplement from New Zealand called Pure Vitality. It comes with a 100% money-back guarantee so there’s not really anything to loose. Mum and dad have been using it for years now and say it is great. It is based on deer antler velvet which is controvercial in Western medicine but apparrently was quite a big thing in early Chinese medicine.

Now they have another product with glucosamine and chondroitin and other things and Dad and mum say this is good too. I don’t know how it all works but I can’t see someone standing behind a product like that with a 100% money back guarantee if it doesn’t work at all – and mum and dad say it is great, so… If I was desperate for answers I would give it a go and if it doesn’t work get my money back – I haven’t lost anything.

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5 Anna

My dad was in a great pain before hip replacement, nothing worked. At times he used Glucosamine, sometimes it worked and sometimes it did not. His doctor did not seem to believe in it, after all it supposed to be some kind of lubricant that helps relieve the joint. My thing is that some of us have different body chemistry, that is why it may work on some, and not on the others. There are just too many variables to consider, when comes to any kind of supplements. Anna 🙂
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