People with osteoarthritis comfort their pain through these two supplements, believed to be not effective, according to the British Medical Journal.


These supplements, namely glucosamine and chondroitin are usually taken on its own or mixed with other medications to help fight the pain from osteoarthritis.


These supplements are not really unsafe “we see no harm in having patients continue these preparations as long as they perceive a benefit and cover the cost of treatment themselves” as stated by the lead researcher, Professor Peter Jüni at the University of Bern in Switzerland.


Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is a degenerative condition which is mostly treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications but these may cause stomach and heart problems, specifically if used long-term. Remedies that not only ease the pain but also decelerate the progression of the disease would be of preference.


With hip replacement operation, that is not the truth of the matter. Thought to eradicate symptoms and improve the well-being of a patient suffering from osteoarthritis, still, complications happen.  Stryker hip device recall for instance, which brings a series of side effects such as swelling, pain, and metal toxicity as experienced by its users. For a more extensive information about complications of hip implant devices, check out


For almost 10 years now, clinicians more and more suggested glucosamine and chondroitin to their patients.And many individuals around the world have bought them over the counter.


Results from current studies about the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin are shifting.A thorough study was further needed to deliberate the worth of these supplements.


Professor Jüni and colleagues evaluated the results of 10 published trials comprising 3,803 patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis. They discussed fluctuations in degrees of pain once patients had glucosamine, chondroitin, or their combination with placebo or head to head.


The researchers found out that glucosamine, chondroitin, or their combination used in joint pain or joint space narrowing showed no therapeutic result.


Regardless of this finding, some patients are won over that these supplements are helpful. Researchers suggest this might be due to the natural progression of osteoarthritis or the placebo effect.


“Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. Health authorities and health insurers should be discouraged from funding glucosamine and chondroitin treatment,” researchers conclude.