Arthritis :: Glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis patients

In recent years, glucosamine and chondroitin have been widely promoted as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Glucosamine, an amino sugar, is thought to promote the formation and repair of cartilage. Chondroitin, a carbohydrate, is a cartilage component that is thought to promote water retention and elasticity and to inhibit the enzymes that break down cartilage. Both compounds are manufactured by the body.

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