Got Joint Pain?
You could take glucosamine and chondroitin ... but it won't do any good, according to a review of trials involving 3,803 patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis.
According to the researchers, the two supplements do not work and should not be paid for by health authorities or insurers.
That's because the Swiss researchers found there was "no clinically relevant effect" of chondroitin, glucosamine, or the two in combination on perceived joint pain.
"Health authorities and health insurers should not cover the costs for these preparations, and new prescriptions to patients who have not received treatment should be discouraged," said Peter Juni of the University of Bern, whose study was published in the British Medical Journal on Friday.