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Glucosamine–Chondroitin Effective for Osteoarthritis

KEY POINT

Glucosamine and chondroitin have moderate to large effects on osteoarthritis, but the impact of these therapies may be commonly overstated. 

SOURCES

McAlindon TE et al. Glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of osteoarthritis: a systematic quality assessment and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2000;283:1469–75.

Towheed TE, Anastassiades TP. Glucosamine and chondroitin for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis [editorial]. JAMA. 2000;283:1483–4.