Glucosamine Chondroitin for Arthritis Pain

There are a lot of people that swear by the supplement that combines glucosamine and chondroitin to relieve joint aches and pain.  And, then there are others that have found they have little or no results from taking this supplement.  So, the question becomes “to take glucosamine chondroitin or not to take it?”

After a little research, I’ve found some very interesting and useful information on this supplement.  Two things stuck out to me:

  1. “A major study of glucosamine and chondroitin published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that how much relief a person gets depends on how severe his or her arthritis pain is to begin with.” Reference: Harvard Health Publications (click the link to read the full article)
  2. A recent JAMA study revealed that among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, following an intensive diet and exercise program led to less pain and better function, along with better physical health-related qualify of life scores.” Reference: Fitness Peak (click the link to read the full article)

After reading these two articles it became pretty evident to me that unless you have severe arthritic pain that you should probably not take glucosamine chondroitin.  Your best bet is to increase your activity with exercise and stretching to relieve the minor aches and pains associated with arthritis.  Of course, changing your diet and eating foods that promote health and avoid foods that trigger flare-ups will also help you manage the pain.

However, if you are one of those people that have severe pain and/or have had great success with the supplement, be sure to check the labels and choose a brand that is high quality with few to no fillers.  As a side note, always choose supplements in capsules or gel caps over hard pills.  Hard pills are very difficult for your body to process and end up as waste more often than as a benefit.