December 2008 Issue
Negative Findings for Alternative Arthritis Supplements Questioned
New research has concluded that the popular arthritis supplements glucosamine and chondroitin do not slow the progression of joint damage caused by osteoarthritis. The latest findings, published in the October Arthritis & Rheumatism, are a blow to the 20 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis. But not everyone is ready to cap their supplement bottles just yet. Glucosamine is extracted from the shells of crabs, lobster and shrimp; chondroitin come from animal cartilage, such as in sharks. The popularity of the two supplements has skyrocketed in the past 10 years since publication of The Arthritis Cure (St. Martinís Griffin, 1997), which championed their use.
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