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Chondroitin Found to be Effective for People With Osteoarthritis

Whether or not chondroitin is effective in easing the pain of osteoarthritis has been debated for many years. Researchers from Cochrane Collaboration say their latest study should put an end to the debate.  Their findings suggest that chondroitin sulfate is not only safe for consumers but also may significantly aid in pain reduction for people who suffer from osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage between people’s joints wears down.

Data for this study was pulled from 43 clinical trials that included 9,110 people. After examining the data, the researchers found that chondroitin sulfate was better than a placebo at reducing pain and increasing functional capacity in people with osteoarthritis.   Additionally, chondroitin usage did not result in a statistically significant number of adverse events, compared to placebo.

They also found that the supplement was associated with a slightly delayed narrowing of joint space in the affected joint, which suggests that that it may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

The researchers believe that osteoarthritis sufferers who do not get relief when taking chondroitin are either taking a supplement of that is of low quality or that is adulterated.  It is also possible that the supplement they are taking does not contain an adequate amount of chondroitin.

Researchers from Cochrane Collaboration conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on January 28, 2015 in The Cochrane Library.

Chondroitin is found in and around the cells of cartilage, and provides cartilage with strength and resilience. Previous research has found that chondroitin may help ease the pain of arthritis and osteoporosis, lower cholesterol and possibly help with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

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