Glucosamine, Chondroitin Show Benefits for Knee Osteoarthritis

February 2014

Glucosamine, Chondroitin Show Benefits for Knee Osteoarthritis

In a recent study, 605 people who reported chronic knee pain and had evidence of joint space narrowing in the knee were randomly assigned to take 1500 milligrams of glucosamine, 800 milligrams of chondroitin, both glucosamine and chondroitin, or placebo daily. Patients were followed for two years. Both knee pain and joint space narrowing were evaluated throughout the study.

The researchers found that after two years, participants taking both glucosamine and chondroitin had significant reductions in joint space narrowing when compared to those taking placebo. Taking just glucosamine or just chondroitin alone did not result in any significant effects on joint space narrowing. Knee pain reductions were similar for all treatment groups.

For more information about glucosamine or chondroitin, please visit Natural Standard’s Foods, Herbs Supplements Database.

To comment on this story, please visit Natural Standard’s blog.

References

  1. Fransen M, Agaliotis M, Nairn L, et al. Glucosamine and chondroitin for knee osteoarthritis: a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating single and combination regimens. Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203954
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com

The information in this brief report is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions. Copyright © 2013 Natural Standard Inc. Commercial distribution or reproduction prohibited. Natural Standard is the leading provider of high-quality, evidence-based, clinically-relevant information on natural medicine, dietary supplements, herbs, vitamins, minerals, functional foods, diets, complementary practices, CAM modalities, exercises and medical conditions. Monograph sections include interactions with herbs, drugs, foods and labs, contraindications, depletions, dosing, toxicology, adverse effects, pregnancy and lactation data, synonyms, safety and effectiveness.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *