If you have knee pain and arthritis, you have probably heard of chondroitin and glucosamine. These vitamin supplements are hailed as the miracle cure for knee pain and arthritis. But do they work?
In this video, Dr. José Surós dives into the truth behind these supplements. The short answer is that the National Institute of Health (NIH) discovered that they do not perform better than placebos. In a series of studies, with 1,500 patients, the NIH found that chondroitin, glucosamine, and the two combined, did not perform better than a placebo. While the supplements will not hurt you to take, Dr. Surós suggests saving your money.
So what actually will help knee pain and arthritis? Dr. Surós recommends losing weight to decrease the load on the joint. Exercise will also help strengthen the muscles around the joint. If your exercise routine hurts your knees, discontinue it.