Results of a new study find that a pair of popular supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, used to combat arthritis are very inneffective at doing so.
Millions of people use the supplements on a daily basis, due to the belief that they act to reduce inflammation associated with the painful condition, but this has been proven to be not the case.
Researchers came to this conclusion based on a study of patients with arthritis that showed that the supplements were no more effective than a placebo when it came to slowing down the loss of knee cartilage.
“At two years, no treatment showed what we determined to be a clinically important reduction in joint space width loss,” said Dr. Allen Sawitzke of the University of Utah School of Medicine, who helped lead the study.
The study can be found in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.