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Joint supplements don't work

17th September 2010

A report in the British Medical Journal suggests that two popular supplements taken to combat joint pain do not work.

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The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin - which tend to be bought over the counter in UK pharmacies rather than prescribed on the NHS - did not have any beneficial effect on osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, said researchers.

However, following the review of 10 previous trials by Bern University in Switzerland which reached the conclusion, researchers acknowledged that they did not harm and people could continue to take them if they wished.

Experts said the placebo effect often came into play, where symptoms improve because a patient feels better psychologically for taking a substance.

Lead researcher Professor Peter Juni said: "Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space.

"Health authorities and health insurers should be discouraged from funding glucosamine and chondroitin treatment."

Global sales of glucosamine supplements amounted to almost £1.3bn in 2008, though they are not recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Jane Tadman from Arthritis Research UK said they were two of the most popular health supplements for osteoarthritis.

She said: “NICE makes it clear in their guidelines on osteoarthritis that while they don't feel there's enough evidence to warrant the NHS paying for the supplements, some people may want to consider an over-the-counter trial as part of a wider self-management plan which includes exercise and keeping to an ideal weight, and we would support that view.”


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Steve P

Saturday 18th September 2010 @ 0:58

I have been taking Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, supplements with hyaluronic acid for about five years now and I’m not going to stop taking them.

I don’t trust some of these so call controlled trials, all I know it works for me and it is not a placebo effect and I am not going to spend a lot of money on something that isn’t going to work!

I know it not a placebo effect because I have stopped taking them several times and for me anyway the affect wears off after about three weeks, but it takes about three to four week to start working again; then after ten weeks it has reached its maximum effect.

I know it is not going to take all the pain away but for me it takes away the burning and sore type of pain.

I would say on a scale of one to ten it takes my pain level down by three notches.

In the past I have taking several types of drugs, which I became hooked on. Pain killers do not work after a while so you have to take more and more until eventually you turn into a zombie no good for anything.

It took me a long time not to be reliant on drugs, at this point I might add some of the drugs I was taking were so dangerous they had to be taken off the market.

Why is it that there are some people; that have to prove that if there is something that works its humbug.

There are plenty of drugs from the pharmaceutical industry that are theoretical safe but give you very nasty side affects but doctors still prescribe them WHY?


Friday 1st October 2010 @ 5:24

If it doesn't work then why would a company offer a 100% money back guarantee like the following website does. http://www.purevitalitynz.com My friend John has been using their glucosamine and chondroitin product for years and says it is great. If it did not work then everyone would just send it back and the company would go broke.

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Article Information

Title: Joint supplements don't work
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16088
Date Added: 17th Sep 2010


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