Americans are buying a lot of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, which are intended to help ease the pain of or prevent symptoms from arthritis. The problem is that there’s no proof that the pills do any good…and tests from our lab-coated cousins down the hall at Consumer Reports showed that many brands don’t even contain the whole dose claimed on the label. [More]
In Norway, where glucosamine is a prescription drug, a new study has shown that the supplement is no better than a placebo at treating chronic lower back pain and degenerative osteoarthritis. Will this news make the more than 6 million adults who take glucosamine every month reconsider?