The use of a glucosamine supplement orally doesn’t help in decreasing knee pain or lessen cartilage deterioration among people with chronic knee pain, says a new study.
Glucosamine is the second most commonly-used natural product to treat joint pain and arthritis. Previous reports have tallied global sales of the supplement at more than $2 billion. Chondroitin is another popular product.
The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial by researchers at the University of Arizona is published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
The researchers say its the first study to examine whether a glucosamine supplement helps with knee pain, prevents the deterioration of cartilage damage or improves bone marrow lesions – which are believed to be the source of pain in those with osteoarthritis.
A Baker’s cyst, likewise called a popliteal cyst, is usually the product of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid. This can lead to a Baker’s cyst.
Although a Baker’s cyst may cause swelling and make you uncomfortable, treating the probable underlying problem usually provides relief.
Researchers discovered that there wasn’t any difference in either of those characteristics between the group that took the glucosamine and to the panel that had the placebo.
The urinary excretion of C-telopeptdes of type II collagen (CTX-11) is a predictor of cartilage destruction. Researchers found that there existed no decrease in that either.
The study was funded by The National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness and The Coca-Cola Company. This provided the lemonade.