Glucosamine and chondroitin products still popular among arthritis sufferers

The New York Times reports that although “tablets that combine glucosamine and chondroitin are popular for those seeking relief from arthritis. Elations offers the supplements in the form of a bottled eight-ounce juice drink or powder mix, and it turns out the beverage appeals to consumers who have trouble swallowing not just pills – but also the fact of aging.”

The Times points out that “Glucosamine and chondroitin have their doubters among doctors, with several studies, including one published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2006, indicating that for many people, they do not relieve pain much better than placebos.”

However, “such products remain popular with 25 percent of arthritis sufferers seeking relief with glucosamine, chondroitin, or other supplements, according to a 2009 report by Mintel, a market research firm.

You can read more about what I recommend when it comes to glucosamine and chondroitin here.

2 thoughts on “Glucosamine and chondroitin products still popular among arthritis sufferers

  1. Judloved

    the chronic pain must be treated rapidly and according to findrxonline the treatment most suitable and used by the doctors of the United States is across drugs opioides as hydrocodone, vicodin, that they are restricted medicines but that they are of great utility for patients that they suffer of fibromialgia, backache, cancer, parkinson, arthritis, between some others that are painful illnesses for that they endure it.

  2. Dr. Walt Post author

    Judy, not sure where you’re getting your information, but I almost never have to use narcotics for the chronic pain of arthritis. And, I think most national guidelines list them as the last, or near-last, choice — especially for chronic use.

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