Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements prevent cartilage deterioration

    Millions of Americans take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to reduce joint pain. However, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons does not recommend them. Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia found no improvement in knee joint pain following two years supplementation with glucosamine and chondroitin. There was, however, a reduction in joint space narrowing, which indicates some improvement in joint health. The study showed that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements did not reduce knee pain after two years. (Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, published online January 6, 2014)