How glucosamine and chondroitin (for joint pain) don't work

by | Sep 21, 2010 02:00 PM ET

Have you ever heard of glucosamine and chondroitin? Chances are you have, in the form of thousands of radio and TV ads like this one:

These ads claim that glucosamine and chondroitin will reduce joint pain. The only problem is that they do not have that effect at all:

Glucosamine 'no better than placebo'

People who take glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis are wasting their money, according to a new study published today.

And they are wasting a huge amount of money:

Popular Supplements to Combat Joint Pain Do Not Work, Study Finds

In 2008 global sales of glucosamine supplements reached almost $2bn, which represents an increase of about 60% since 2003.

How many times has this happened? Shark cartilage is another one. The whole thimerosal scare is another. Rhino horns. Many vitamin supplements. Just about every "alternative medicine" regimen also falls into the same category.

Anyway, now that you know it has no effect, you can ignore all the ads (which will likely continue) and spend your money elsewhere.

What would help your joints, especially ankles, knees and hips? Losing weight is number 1. See How the Dukan Diet works for details on losing weight.

The first 90 seconds of this video offers some other helpful tips from Johns Hopkins. We now know that the last 3 minutes of the video are useless:

More info:

- Today I officially reached the “50.0 pounds lost” milestone on my Dukan Diet journey – and you can too

- How the Dukan Diet works

- How Arthritis Works

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