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vitamins Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis

In-depth research shows that chondroitin and glucosamine may help relieve a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, which develops in joints that have endured years of hard use. The dietary supplements may positively improve cartilage metabolism or reduce joint inflammation. Both compounds are likely to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis. It is not clear, however, whether the benefits are small or moderate.

Chonodroitin and glucosamine also appear to be safe substances that cause few, if any, side effects. The usual dose of glucosamine is 1,500 milligrams a day.

Although methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is being marketed for a variety of problems, including arthritis, no studies have looked at the effects of MSM in people with arthritis. Granted, MSM is a sulfur compound, and many theories abound about the role of sulfur in treating arthritis. At this point, whether MSM works for people with osteoarthritis is anyone's guess.

If you want to try one of these dietary supplements for your arthritis, talk with your doctor.

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