Tag: chondroitin

Dietary Relief for Aching Joints

Whether your knees ache when you climb stairs or it hurts to bend down to tie your shoes, arthritis can be a real pain. There is no easy fix for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis and the focus of this article. In this condition, cartilage (the covering on

Q&A: Knee Pain; Epilepsy; Drinking Water; Rheumatoid Arthritis

Q. I have mild pain in my knee because of osteoarthritis (OA). What’s the latest thinking on the glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement’s effectiveness against OA pain?
A. Study results released in 2006 showed that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements gave significant relief to patients with moderate-to-severe OA pain; however, it was not

Newsbriefs: Knee OA; Gout Attacks

Knee OA Not Relieved by Supplements, but Weight Loss Helps.
The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin do not relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA), new studies confirm, supporting previous studies that reached the same conclusion. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate has been shown to aid moderate-to-severe knee OA, but showed no

Newsbriefs: Painkillers; High-Impact Exercise; Fracture Risk

OTC Supplement as Effective as Prescription Painkiller.
The popular supplement combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, used to relieve joint pain and restore cartilage, was found to be as effective as the COX-2 inhibitor drug celecoxib (Celebrex) at relieving pain. The six-month clinical trial saw a 50.1 percent decrease in pain in

The Best Strategies for Coping With Arthritis Pain

If you are one of the millions of women with the degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report

Ask the Doctors: Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Q. I’ve read that glucosamine and chondroitin can help my pain. Other times, I hear reports that they are not beneficial. What should I believe?
A. Determining whether or not the over-the-counter supplements glucosamine and chondroitin are effective for managing osteoarthritis (OA) pain can be confusing. While some people swear by

Eating to Ease Arthritis Pain

More than 50 million Americans—one in five adults—have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, making it the Number One cause of disability in this country. The condition is marked by inflammation in one or more of your joints, resulting in joint pain and stiffness. The two most common types of

Knee Osteoarthritis Roundup

Chondroitin Sulfate & ­Glucosamine Hydrochloride Revisited
Some 10 years ago, a landmark trial of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride found the drugs ineffective, whether taken alone or in combination. In a new, six-month trial in Europe, the drugs were tested again, along with celecoxib. Patients with knee OA and moderate-to-severe pain

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