Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis

I’ve had several patients ask me about using glucosamine to help treat osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis. It has been touted to help with joint pain, but are the claims a stretch? Though research has been conflicting, overall results seem to point to positive results—but not for everyone.

However, glucosamine shouldn’t be your first step. Regular exercise, weight loss, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables are all part of a successful treatment program. Physical therapy can also help.

That said, I believe glucosamine sulfate, in particular, may be effective for relieving pain and improving joint function, associated with osteoarthritis—especially of the knees—and for anyone struggling with this frustrating condition, that’s a relief.


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