Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Glucosamine sulfate is being uses for athletes with osteoarthritis in the knees. Glucosamine received a grade of A on health line,which gets input from the NIH for its benefit in this area. Most of the evidence suggests that it provides a low anti inflammatory component along with increased flexibility. A study published in the Journal Archives of Internal Medicine examined people with osteoarthritis over three years. People in the glucosamine group had a significant reduction in pain and stiffness. On x-ray, there was no average change or narrowing of joint spaces in the knees (a sign of deterioration) of the glucosamine group. In contrast, joint spaces of participants taking the placebo narrowed over the three years. I usually have my patients try a 3 month course to see if it works for them.