September 24, 2017
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Nutritional Supplements for Osteoarthritis

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Two nutritional supplements—glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate—have long been promoted as nothing less than “miracle cures” for arthritis. Both substances, produced naturally in the body, reputedly not only relieve pain, but can even, in some cases, bring about a reversal of the disease. While using glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis isn’t backed up by solid, consistent evidence, since there are few if any risks, you may want to try them for a trial to see if you garner any benefits. As with all supplements sold in the United States, these are unregulated, so that you can’t be sure of what you are getting or how much to take. For more on glucosamine and chondroitin, see Glucosamine for Arthritis: Yes, No, Maybe?

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and SAM-e (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) are two other supplements that are supposed to help alleviate arthritis pain. There is no convincing scientific evidence to support the use of MSM. There is some preliminary research showing that SAM-e may provide some relief, but nothing conclusive.

If you decide to try a supplement—or any other unproven arthritis treatment—always talk it over with your doctor, to be sure you’re not doing anything that can harm you or interfere with medications you are taking.